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  • Yom Hashoah 2016: This year it's 'ever again'

    May 6, 2016 | 12:01 pm

    For over seven decades, on Yom HaShoah- Holocaust Memorial Day, people pause to reflect on the mass murder of 6,000,000 Jews, a genocide conceived, organized and executed by Hitler’s Third Reich. Two words sum up the silent pleas from the ashes of the victims and those who survived...

  • Israeli flag burned at Kiev Holocaust memorial on Yom Hashoah

    May 5, 2016 | 3:33 pm

    A group of young people burned an Israeli flag outside a Ukraine Holocaust memorial in Kiev on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Thursday.

    The flag burning near the Babi Yar ravine, where 30,000 Jews were murdered over the course of two days in September 1941, was...

  • On Holocaust Remembrance Day, never forget necessitates never Trump

    May 5, 2016 | 3:01 pm

    Today, on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), we pledge to never forget the genocide of 12 million people, based on their religion, ethnicity, sexuality, and other factors. We do this so that we always remember that it is the duty of each and every one of us to fight genocide,...

  • Top Jewish official on Holocaust day: ‘Fear of the other’ rising in US

    May 5, 2016 | 11:26 am

    A top Jewish Obama administration official decried the rise of “the fear of the other” in the United States at an event marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah.

    “I do not think a Holocaust is happening in America, but I do worry about what is happening when we betray...

  • Ani Ma’amin - a poem for Yom HaShoah

    By Rick Lupert

    May 4, 2016 | 2:26 pm

    I believe

    my wife’s grandfather was a hero.
    Born in a place where they put up walls

    to contain people just like him.
    Built a statue in Philadelphia

    to commemorate how those walls
    were torn down.

    Three generations of people
    called him Zeydi.

    with perfect...

  • For Dutch property owners, Holocaust commemoration begins at home

    May 2, 2016 | 2:14 pm

    After Yvonne van Gennep-Bouma discovered that Holocaust victims used to live in what is now her home, she began to think about them constantly.

    At night, van Gennep-Bouma imagined the former occupants preparing to turn in. And in the morning, she wondered where they had their...

  • The lessons of Nuremberg: Stand up to hate, and remember hate’s victims

    May 2, 2016 | 12:20 pm

    Yom Hashoah arrives this year on the eve of two historic anniversaries: the 80th anniversary of the coming into effect of the Nuremberg Race Laws, which served as prologue and precursor to the Holocaust, and the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials, which served as the...

  • LAMOTH expands Memoir Project with call for more

    By Jared Sichel

    April 27, 2016 | 3:36 pm

    Gary Steinberg, son of a Holocaust survivor, recently donated to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) signed copies of his father’s memoir.

    Steinberg’s father, Manny, died this year at the age of 90, shortly after completing a memoir that had sat, unfinished, in a box...

  • Family connection found in long-lost box of puppets

    By Tess Cutler

    April 27, 2016 | 3:21 pm

    "I will never have closure,” Katy Haber said. “I hate to say it, but I think closure is such an awful word. What does closure mean?"

    “No,” she said, as if to answer her own question, “you never have closure when you understand and learn what horrors your own personal family...

  • The prophecy of Primo Levi

    April 27, 2016 | 3:09 pm

    In January 1985, a laudatory New York Review of Books review of Primo Levi’s “The Periodic Tablesent me straight to my local bookstore for a copy, which I devoured in one or two sittings. I’d never read anything like it — truly one of those rare books where, after finishing it,...

  • The last voice from the French internment camps

    April 27, 2016 | 2:08 pm

    In 1942 on the eve of Passover, Dora Werzberg, a 21-year-old French Jew, walked through the gates of the Rivesaltes internment camp in Vichy, France.  She arrived at the camp not by force but by choice, as a volunteer social worker sent by the Oeuvre de Secours Aux Enfants, (OSE),...

  • Learning to err on the side of compassion

    April 27, 2016 | 1:58 pm

    This was rage — I had no doubt about that. The fire exploding upward from my chest, consuming me from the inner reaches of my core was pure, unbridled fury, the sort that I hadn’t encountered in some time.

    Silence choked the operating room as every eye fixed upon me. My own...

  • Two-thirds of the world has forgotten the Holocaust: Can a new worldwide movement help us remember?

    By Jonathan Fong

    April 20, 2016 | 11:23 am

    Horrific fact number one: the Nazis murdered 6 million Jews during World War II. Horrific fact number two: the world is forgetting it happened.

    According to an extensive global Anti-Defamation League (ADL) survey, , only 54 percent of the respondents have ever heard of the...

  • L.A. Jewish Film Festival will showcase Shoah-themed movies

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 16, 2015 | 4:23 pm

    In 1978, the groundbreaking NBC miniseries “Holocaust,” starring Meryl Streep, thrust the topic of the Shoah into the popular culture: “The series was high-profile, it was in English, it had star power, and it basically covered the waterfront of every type of possible survivor’s...

  • Yom HaShoah events 2015

    April 16, 2015 | 4:03 pm

    SAT | APRIL 18

    Hollywood Temple Beth El and the Iranian American Jewish Federation invite the community to a joint service, “From Darkness to a Great Light: Commemorating the 70th Year of the End of the Holocaust and the Shattering of the Nazi Death Camps,” after the morning...

  • ‘The Last Girl at Victoria Station’ a Kindertransport story

    April 15, 2015 | 2:25 pm

    Every morning in 1936, Anne Forchheimer would bicycle to school, over a bridge in the German town of Coburg. She tried not to notice the signs of hate she passed along the way.  Hate for Jews and the call for their removal from German society. German law had forbidden Jewish...

  • Do visits to sites of another’s tragedy help promote peace?

    By Simone Wilson

    May 7, 2014 | 9:32 am

    On Yom HaShoah this year, when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the Holocaust “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brushed off the unprecedented statement as “damage control” for...

  • Obama: Yom Hashoah is day to honor survivors, oppose anti-Semitism

    April 28, 2014 | 9:41 am

    President Obama called Holocaust Remembrance Day an opportunity to honor survivors.

    In a statement posted Monday on the White House website, Obama also called on the world to oppose anti-Semitism.

    “On this Yom HaShoah, I join people of all faiths in the United States, in the...

  • Tens of thousands participate in Budapest Holocaust memorial march

    April 28, 2014 | 8:19 am

    Tens of thousands of Jews and Jewish supporters participated in the 12th March of the Living Hungary in Budapest.

    Sunday’s event, considered the largest civil anti-fascist event in Hungary, was held on the 70th anniversary of the mass deportation of Jews from Hungary by the...

  • My 50 best friends are Holocaust survivors

    April 24, 2014 | 6:31 pm

    “How did you learn to make brushes? Who taught you?” I’m talking to Boris Abel on the phone, trying to fill in some small details requested by my editor of his Holocaust experiences. Boris tells me once again that when the Russians occupied Lithuania in 1940, they nationalized his...

  • Giving meaning to Holocaust remembrance

    April 23, 2014 | 3:49 pm

    Much ink has been spilled since the release of the Pew Research Center survey on Jewish identity in the United States. Many have addressed a number of the findings of the survey, with varying degrees of concern. But as we approach Yom Hashoah, I would like to address one issue that...

  • Hidden in plain sight

    April 23, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    Harry Davids was about 6 years old when his parents called him into the bedroom of their home in South Africa to deliver a message he will never forget.

    “They say, ‘Are you aware we’re not your real parents? We’re your uncle and aunt. Your parents were killed in a big war.’ ”

  • Elie Wiesel talks passing the torch

    By Jared Sichel

    April 23, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    As the author and renowned Holocaust speaker Elie Wiesel concluded an April 11 roundtable at Chapman University, Justine Volkman, a senior at the school, shed a few tears. Asked why, she didn’t mention any of Wiesel’s dozens of inspiring works or the fact that his health today is a...

  • Rewriting German history: When politics trumps memory

    By Steven Windmueller

    April 23, 2014 | 2:32 pm

    Over the past several weeks, my cousins and I have been fighting a losing battle with the municipality of Steinfurt, a small German community in Westphalia. The town was the home of our parents and grandparents. The family estate, Villa Heimann, had existed as a physical symbol of...

  • Yom HaShoah: The value of memory

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    April 23, 2014 | 11:00 am

    In the Torah, God is constantly remembering, and that remembering is followed by action. God remembers Noah and then stops the flood. God remembers the Israelites and then frees them from bondage. When we speak about the Sabbath, we say “Shamor v’zachor b’dibur echad,” that the...

  • Calendar: April 26 to May 2

    By Laura Donney

    April 23, 2014 | 10:31 am

    SAT | APR 26


    It’s the world premiere of the composer’s new piece, “Cosmic Dust.” Steinberg, who received a doctorate in music from Harvard, currently serves as artistic director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra and is winner of an ASCAPLUS Award and Gold...

  • Surviving survival: Living life after genocide

    April 23, 2014 | 9:57 am

    April brings many moments for reflection and sorrow. On April 24, 1915, the Armenian Genocide began; the massacres in the killing fields of Cambodia began on April 17, 1975; and on April 7, 1994, the genocide in Rwanda exploded with ferocity that would last for 100 days. Yom...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    April 24, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    Israel Consul General in Los Angeles David Siegel Photo by Orly Halevy

    Leaders from Los Angeles’ Jewish and Israel communities came together to celebrate Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for its fallen soldiers and victims of terror, on April 14 at Stephen S. Wise Temple...

  • “Polish assholes” in Auschwitz

    April 18, 2013 | 1:15 am

    Finally, we got to the March of the Living. A group of young Jews from several cities in Poland who decided to take part in this enormous and powerful way of remembering the ones who perished in the Shoah. We were accompanied by several non-Jewish people, life partners and friends...

  • March of the Living did not redeem itself

    By Klaudia Klimek

    April 18, 2013 | 1:07 am

    Everyone who knows me, knows that I like to participate in various trips, events and seminars organized by Jewish organizations. I always meet someone interesting, learn something useful and see a new place.  

    The March of the Living is one of the few events, which negates all...

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