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Polish Holocaust scholars sued for suggesting mayor who saved a Jew helped kill 22 others

Posted on January 19, 2021

(JTA) — Two well-known Polish Holocaust historians are on trial for alleged defamation over their claim that late mayor of a town near Warsaw who saved one Jewish woman was involved in the murder of 22 other Jews. Jan Grabowski and Barbara Engelking were sued last year in civil court by a niece of the Continue Reading »

US Army discharges officer who made Holocaust joke on TikTok

Posted on January 19, 2021

(JTA) — The U.S. Army is removing an officer who made a Holocaust joke last year on TikTok. Nathan Freihofer, a second lieutenant, has millions of followers on TikTok, the video social media platform. In August, Freihofer posted a joke about the Holocaust, then told his followers, “If you get offended, get the f*** out Continue Reading »

In this original Holocaust film, a Jewish inmate makes up a language to survive

Posted on January 19, 2021

(JTA) — For a movie about the Holocaust, the Belarussian film “Persian Lessons” has some comic potential. Set in a concentration camp somewhere in Western Europe, it involves a Jewish inmate who survives by giving Farsi lessons to a Nazi officer who dreams about opening a restaurant in Tehran. One problem: The inmate doesn’t speak Farsi. Continue Reading »

This customized van is helping UK Holocaust survivors record their stories during the pandemic

Posted on December 31, 2020

(JTA) — As one of the youngest Holocaust survivors, Eva Clarke has spent years telling the story of how her mother, weighing just 68 pounds, gave birth to her inside a concentration camp just a month before it was liberated. But this spring, as COVID-19 shut down public life, Clarke’s visits to schools and community centers in Continue Reading »

Historian: Polish society shunned Jewish survivors returning from death camps

Posted on December 19, 2020

In ‘Ghost Citizens,’ Polish academic Lukasz Krzyzanowski delves into postwar Radom, where Jews found new residents living in their stolen homes, and little empathy from the public. When the slim percentage of Polish Jewry that survived the Holocaust returned home from the ghettos and death camps, they were not readily accepted back into the folds Continue Reading »

The True Story of The Holocaust Train Rescued From The Heart of Darkness – Friday, April 13th, 1945

Posted on December 19, 2020

‘I cannot believe, today, that the world almost ignored those people and what was happening. How could we have all stood by and have let that happen? They do not owe us anything. We owe them, for what we allowed to happen to them.’ – Carrol Walsh, Liberator. Near the end of the war, Jewish Continue Reading »

Edelweiss Pirates: The Anti-Hitler Youth

Posted on December 16, 2020

Barthel Schink was a German teenager who led a resistance movement of Hitler Youth dropouts who fought Nazi tyranny. Born to a postal worker and a homemaker in Cologne in 1927, Barthel was one of five children. Like millions of other young Germans he was conscripted into the Hitler Youth, the only legally permitted youth Continue Reading »

Polish Holocaust survivor’s family wins lawsuit for land illegally sold to church by rescuer’s son

Posted on December 16, 2020

(JTA) — The Supreme Court of Poland upheld a 6-year-old ruling in favor of the descendants of a Holocaust survivor who had sued to reclaim from a Krakow-area church ownership of land stolen from her. Monday’s decision by the court’s Chamber of Extraordinary Control and Public Rights ends a protracted legal battle by the family Continue Reading »

Rio inaugurates long-awaited Holocaust memorial with 72-foot-tall tower

Posted on December 16, 2020

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Rio de Janeiro inaugurated a Holocaust memorial that includes a 72-foot-tall tower and overlooks the Sugarloaf Mountain, one of South America’s most famous landmarks. Several government officials and Jewish communal representatives attended an inauguration event in Brazil’s second largest city on Sunday. Brazil’s Secretary of Communications Fabio Wajngarten, who is Continue Reading »

Polish diplomat in Istanbul rescued hundreds of Jews from the Holocaust, report says

Posted on December 12, 2020

(JTA) – A Polish diplomat serving in Turkey during World War II helped save hundreds of Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis by issuing them false certificates that identified them as Christians, an Israeli newspaper revealed in an expose published Friday. Wojciech Rychlewicz, then a consul in Istanbul, provided the documents to the European refugees at no pay. Continue Reading »

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