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  • Iranian regime’s propaganda use of Jews would make Goebbels proud

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 4, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    Two weeks ago, the Associated Press reported that roughly two dozen Iranian Jews took part in a “pro-nuclear rally” at the United Nations office in Tehran. The report indicated that the Iranian Jews held Torahs in their arms and also signs in Hebrew and English proclaiming their...

  • Estonian newspaper runs fake weight loss ad using photo of Nazi victims

    September 10, 2012 | 9:16 am

    An Estonian weekly newspaper ran a mock ad for weight loss pills using a photo of prisoners at a Nazi concentration camp.

    The fake ad appeared in the humor section of the Eesti Ekspress, according to reports.

    It was designed to mock a recent ad for an Estonian gas company that...

  • Australian court’s failure to extradite alleged ex-Nazi raises ire, questions

    August 15, 2012 | 10:25 am

    In a court ruling that is bringing new attention to Australia’s failure to prosecute alleged Nazi-era war criminals, the government will not surrender to Hungary the man believed to be the country’s last World War II war crimes suspect.

    The nation’s High Court ruled Wednesday...

  • Suspected war criminal escapes extradition from Australia on legal technicality

    August 15, 2012 | 10:16 am

    Australia’s highest court has ruled not to extradite suspected war criminal Charles Zentai to his native Hungary.

    Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff told JTA that Wednesday’s ruling not to extradite the alleged war criminal to Hungary is “a permanent stain on Australia’s record.”

    An...

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  • Amsterdam to name bridge for WWII savior of 350 Jewish children

    August 14, 2012 | 11:30 am

    The City of Amsterdam will name one of its last remaining nameless bridges for Pieter Meerburg, who saved 350 Jewish children during the Holocaust.

    Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and other dignitaries are scheduled to christen bridge 234 the Pieter Meerburg Bridge on Sept. 2....

  • Survivor: Sol Berger

    By Jane Ulman

    August 1, 2012 | 11:58 am

    “Where are the dollars?” two plainclothes Gestapo officers demanded as they appeared without warning on both sides of Sol Berger. Sol denied any knowledge, even though the daughter of a local currency dealer was hovering nearby at the train station in Tarnow, Poland, holding the...

  • Obama names seven to Holocaust memorial council

    July 25, 2012 | 10:26 am

    President Obama named or renamed seven members of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

    The selections—all donors to Democrats—included representatives from the entertainment, social media and human rights sectors, as well as a past AIPAC president.

    In a release Tuesday, Obama named...

  • Clinton: Remain vigilant against Holocaust denial

    July 24, 2012 | 3:02 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Holocaust denial and Israel criticism that crosses into anti-Semitism require vigilance.

    On Tuesday, Clinton addressed a symposium at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on preventing genocide.

    “Let me begin by acknowledging that...

  • French president blames his country for WWII roundup of Jews

    July 23, 2012 | 10:33 am

    The roundup of thousands of Jews in Paris during World War II was a crime “committed in France, by France,” French President Francois Hollande said.

    Hollande was speaking Sunday at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the largest French roundup of Jews.

    Some 13,000 French...

  • Israel salutes non-Jewish Poles for heroism and preserving Jewish memory

    July 10, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Israel in twin ceremonies honored non-Jewish Poles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and those who have preserved Jewish memory since World War II.

    Israeli Ambassador to Poland Zvi Rav-Ner on June 8 recognized five Polish women as Righteous Gentiles for risking their lives to...

  • With Tony Curtis profile, docs shine at Jewish fest

    By  Tom Tugend

    April 18, 2012 | 11:36 am

    For its opening night on May 3, the Jewish Film Festival appropriately returns to one of Hollywood’s golden ages and to one of its most celebrated Jewish stars, Bernie Schwartz, aka Tony Curtis.

    The documentary “Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom” covers a lot of ground, much of...

  • We are all here

    April 11, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    “Mir zaynen do!”  The Yiddish song, composed in the Vilna ghetto during World War II, is defiant.  “We are here!” it thunders.

    On Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 19, I recall this stirring anthem from the land of my Jewish forebears, and I remember with sorrow that very few...

  • Jan Karski honored in Poland for WWII resistance work

    February 16, 2012 | 10:48 am

    The Polish Senate has posthumously honored World War II hero Jan Karski for his work in revealing details of the Nazi genocide taking place in Poland.

    During a special meeting Wednesday of Upper House of the Polish Parliament, guests including United States’ Ambassador Lee Feinstein...

  • Clooney to chase Nazis in new film

    February 8, 2012 | 10:33 am

    George Clooney is expected to star in a film about U.S. and British art experts who tracked down Nazi-looted artworks, mainly from Jewish owners.

    Clooney, hot off his highly praised “The Descendants” and “The Ides of March,” has optioned the book “The Monuments Men: Allied...

  • Conference calls on Romania to acknowlege WWII war crimes

    November 9, 2011 | 3:15 pm

    A conference focusing on Romania’s Holocaust-era war crimes in Ukraine and Moldova called on Romania to acknowledge and apologize for the murder of hundreds of thousands of Jews.

    The conference, which ended Wednesday, on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, was convened to bring the...

  • Golda Meir wanted Allies to bomb Auschwitz

    September 6, 2011 | 10:08 am

    Golda Meir, the future Israeli prime minister, wanted the United States and its allies to bomb Auschwitz, researchers have learned.

    Researchers from the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies found documents in Israeli and American archives that shed light on Meir’s...

  • WWII resistance heroine Nancy Wake dies

    August 8, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Nancy Wake, a New Zealand-born World War II heroine codenamed “The White Mouse” because of her ability to elude the Nazis, has died.

    Wake died in London on Aug. 7. She was 98.

    The resistance fighter, who grew up in Sydney, was Australia’s most decorated World War II...

  • Wiesenthal Center: Will, not age, major obstacle in Nazi prosecutions

    May 5, 2011 | 10:29 am

    A lack of political will is more to blame than aging in the failure to prosecute Nazi-era war criminals, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said in an annual report.

    “The lack of political will to bring Nazis war criminals to justice and/or to punish them continues to be the major obstacle...

  • Hate in Translation

    By Rob Eshman

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    This week I received close to 1,000 copies of the same e-mail -- a very disturbing notice that the Web site Facebook features many user-generated pages devoted to memorializing and supporting Arab terrorists.

    One e-mail would have sufficed to alert me to this, but now, as I write...

  • Letter from London: ‘An English Tragedy’ is timely on stage

    By Ivor Davis

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The curtain parts to reveal a stage in the shape of a huge swastika. There is a perceptible gasp from the mostly older matinee audience in the London suburb of Watford.

    World War II is still the most vivid memory in most of their lives, and the Nazi symbol to them represents, at the...

  • Firsthand accounts bring WWII London ‘Blitz’ to life

    By Amanda Susskind

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    There is no shortage of books, historical and fictional, on the bombing of London during World War II. Peter Stansky's new book, "The First Day of the Blitz," combines history, political commentary and firsthand testimony in a compelling account.

    The "Blitz," misnamed for its...

  • Family’s tale recounts Libyan Jewish dispersion

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    The trailer
    "Any time you have a community that is erased, it's a tragedy not only for the community but for humanity."

    The opening line from the documentary "The Last Jews of Libya" begins a nostalgic visit to an ill-fated community of 25,000 people living between the...

  • Americans don’t forget Eastern Europe’s survivors

    By Jane Ulman

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Galina Isakovna's life has never been easy.

    She was 3 months old in 1922 when a pogrom broke out in her Belarusian village. As a band of anti-Semitic thugs stormed her family's home, her mother quickly stashed her under a bed. When the intruders entered the room, cutting up the...

  • Books: Too fond of Jews

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "I cannot conceive why this martyred race, scattered about the world, and suffering as no other race has done at this juncture, should be denied the satisfaction of having a flag."
    -- Winston Churchill, July 26, 1944

    By the age of 26, Winston Churchill had fought in several wars,...
  • Lecturer’s Shoah ‘revisionism’ angers Conejo residents

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The way Jews in the Conejo Valley describe it, Joseph Goebbels would be proud of the propaganda proffered as academic discourse at the Goebel Senior Adult Center last month. That's when John Bravos, a commissioner of the publicly funded facility, focused a lecture in his comparative...
  • New Wiesenthal documentary recounts Nazi hunter’s turbulent life

    By Tom Tugend

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal" runs for close to two hours, but the documentary is barely long enough to encompass the 96 years of the legendary Nazi hunter.

    The image of the sad-eyed, balding man with the wide mustache is almost as well known...
  • Poland and the Jews:
    Is it time to stop hating the country when positive changes are transforming it?

    By Jane Ulman

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Daniela and Kuba -- Jewish in Poland: Two Polish students describe how they came to be interested in Jewish life and culture. Is it time to stop hating Poland?

    Last summer, as Hezbollah rockets rained down on northern Israel, a group of 15 Israeli teenagers from Nahariya were...
  • 1+1+1+1 ... = 6 million

    By Nicole Behnam

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I will never really know what the Holocaust was, and neither will you. Words like hunger and fatigue are euphemisms for words that would have been born into our language if more survivors lived to tell stories of their intolerable suffering.

    No, the mounds of shoes or teeth or...
  • Better late?

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • Survivors blast Holocaust Museum over archive access restrictions

    By Edwin Black

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Holocaust survivors are venting their anger at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington over its decision not to allow immediate electronic access to the long-secret records of the International Tracing Service at Bad Arolsen, Germany.

    Many survivors and members of...
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