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Auschwitz renovation uncovers objects hidden by prisoners

Posted on May 24, 2020

Vienna (AFP) – Renovation works at Auschwitz have turned up spoons, forks, cobbler’s tools and other objects hidden beneath a chimney flue — some that might have been used to plan escapes, a national fund said Tuesday. The objects, which also include knives, hooks, scissors, pieces of leather and parts of shoes, were found last Continue Reading »

‘Fearless’ consular officials who saved thousands of Jews from Nazis honoured

Posted on May 23, 2020

“Fearless” British consular officials who helped save the lives of thousands of Jews from near-certain death in Nazi Germany and Austria have been honoured with a commemorative plaque. The plaque, mounted on the wall of the British Embassy in Berlin by the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), is to be unveiled by dignitaries today in Continue Reading »

‘Eva.Stories,’ Instagram series about young Holocaust victim, wins 2 Webbys

Posted on May 20, 2020

(JTA) — An Instagram story series about a Hungarian teenager who died during the Holocaust won two Webby Awards, the internet Oscars. “Eva.Stories” won for best use of stories and for best campaigns on social media. The series was created by Israeli tech executive Mati Kochavi and his daughter Maya.

Paris prosecutors say Holocaust survivor’s 2018 slaying was an anti-Semitic murder

Posted on May 18, 2020

(JTA) — Two men who allegedly killed and robbed a Holocaust survivor in her Paris apartment will stand trial for murder that was aggravated by anti-Semitic hatred, Paris prosecutors said. The charred body of Mireille Knoll, 85, was discovered in her apartment on March 23, 2018. Yacine Mihoub, 28, a son of Knol’s neighbor who Continue Reading »

Free Lectures (recently presented) on YouTube

Posted on May 16, 2020

I have watched all of these & can vouch for the quality of the lecturers, most of whom you will recognize as eminent historians, widely respected.  Sandy Lessig  

Holocaust education funding bill passes Senate

Posted on May 14, 2020

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate unanimously approved $10 million in funding for Holocaust education in American schools. The vote Wednesday approving the Never Again Education Act, coming after overwhelming approval for the same bill in the House of Representatives in January, sends the bill to President Donald Trump, who is expected to enact it. The money Continue Reading »

Study: 41% of millennials don’t know 6 millions Jews were killed in Holocaust

Posted on May 14, 2020

More than one-fifth of millennials in the U.S. — 22 percent — haven’t heard of, or aren’t sure if they’ve heard of, the Holocaust, according to a study published Thursday, on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. The study, which was commissioned by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and conducted by Schoen Consulting, also found that Continue Reading »

Top Police Officer Requests Official List of All Jews in Ukrainian City, Sparking Fury

Posted on May 14, 2020

Jewish group slams police force for ‘open anti-Semitism’ after high-ranking official asks for information on all members of the Jewish community including phone numbers and places of residence.  A Ukrainian Jewish group accused the nation’s police force of “open anti-Semitism” after a high-ranking police official requested a list of all Jews in the western city Continue Reading »

80 years ago, lethal Nazi T4 center began euthanizing Germans with disabilities

Posted on May 14, 2020

After implementing tens of thousands ‘merciful deaths,’ Hartheim Castle’s crematoria personnel were sent to build Holocaust death camps in occupied Poland. Eighty years ago this week, the most lethal “T4” euthanasia center began implementing “merciful deaths” for physically and mentally disabled Germans. Hartheim Castle was not far from Austria’s Linz, where Adolf Hitler grew up. Continue Reading »

Born in a concentration camp: The Holocaust’s youngest survivors Their mothers gave birth amid the most extreme adversity imaginable. They are among the only ones left able to bear witness to the horrors of the Nazi genocide

Posted on May 6, 2020

PARIS, France (AFP) — Holocaust survivor Florence Schulmann has always worried that if she went into schools to recount her experience, it would sound almost fantastical: “I’d be too scared that they wouldn’t believe me.” It is the first time that the retired French shopkeeper, now living in Paris’s 11th district, has shared her story Continue Reading »

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