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Italian politician apologizes for referring to Holocaust survivor by her Auschwitz tattoo number

Posted on November 23, 2021

(JTA) — A local politician in Italy apologized for referring to a well-known Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre by her concentration camp tattoo number in a Facebook comment criticizing her support for COVID-19 public health measures. Fabio Meroni, a member of the city council of Lissone, a suburb of Milan, who represents the far-right Northern League, wrote in Continue Reading »

Justus Rosenberg, professor and last surviving member of group that smuggled intellectuals out of Nazi-held Europe, has died at 100

Posted on November 22, 2021

(JTA) — Justus Rosenberg, a professor whose long career teaching literature was preceded by a remarkable tenure in the French resistance during World War II, died last month at the age of 100. Rosenberg was a professor at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York for decades where he taught literature and languages, including German, French, Yiddish, Continue Reading »

A mile from Auschwitz, a restored synagogue recalls thriving Jewish life in Oswiecim

Posted on November 19, 2021

OSWIECIM, Poland (JTA) — In a typical, pre-pandemic year, about 2.3 million people a year visit Auschwitz, the infamous Nazi death camp where nearly 1 million Jews were murdered. About 30,000 — or roughly 1% — of them also visit a nearby museum that represents the last vestige of how Jews in the area once Continue Reading »

Luxembourg to distribute $1.1 million in restitution to Holocaust survivors

Posted on November 19, 2021

(November 18, 2021 / JNS) The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) announced that the Claims Conference has begun allocating $1.1 million to Holocaust survivors who are currently living in or were persecuted by German Nazis or their allies in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg during the years of World War II and the Holocaust.

Owner of controversial Nazi tattoo kit to donate it to Holocaust museum

Posted on November 19, 2021

(November 18, 2021 / Israel Hayom) The anonymous owner of a tattoo kit said to have been used on prisoners in the Auschwitz death camp informed an Israeli court on Thursday that he plans to donate it to the Haifa Holocaust Museum instead of selling it.

Survivor to ex-Nazi camp guard: ‘You’ve lived 100 times longer than baby Erika

Posted on November 17, 2021

Holocaust survivor Emil Farkas of Haifa was one of the best gymnasts in Israeli sports history. He was Israeli National champion twice and won multiple medals in the Maccabiah Games. But his greatest badge of honor may be the testimony he gave in a German court earlier this month.

86-year-old crowned ‘Miss Holocaust Survivor’ in Israeli pageant

Posted on November 17, 2021

JERUSALEM, Nov 16 (Reuters) – An 86-year-old great-grandmother was crowned “Miss Holocaust Survivor” on Tuesday in an annual Israeli beauty pageant designed to honour women who endured the horrors of the Nazi genocide.

Jewish historian refuses award from Polish government’s history institute, saying it suppresses Holocaust research

Posted on November 17, 2021

WARSAW (JTA) — Jewish American historian Eliyana Adler refused to accept an award worth $19,000 from the Polish government’s Pilecki Institute, arguing that it suppresses work by “historians who strive to show the complex and indeed tragic aspects of Poland’s wartime past.”

Jewish historian refuses award from Polish government’s history institute, saying it suppresses Holocaust research

Posted on November 17, 2021

WARSAW (JTA) — Jewish American historian Eliyana Adler refused to accept an award worth $19,000 from the Polish government’s Pilecki Institute, arguing that it suppresses work by “historians who strive to show the complex and indeed tragic aspects of Poland’s wartime past.”

Paris court hands life sentence to murderer of Holocaust survivor

Posted on November 11, 2021

(JTA) — A French court sentenced a man to life in prison for what it termed the antisemitic murder of a Holocaust survivor in Paris in 2018. The murderer of Mirelle Knoll, Yacine Mihoub, will be eligible for parole in 22 years, according to the ruling Wednesday by the Criminal Tribunal of Paris, AFP reported. Continue Reading »

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