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Polish Jewish leader quits Auschwitz museum board over right-wing politician’s appointment

Posted on April 15, 2021

(JTA) — A Polish right-wing politician has been appointed to a board of the Auschwitz state museum, leading to a Jewish member’s resignation on Wednesday amid claims of politicization. Stanisław Krajewski said he would be leaving the International Auschwitz Council over the nomination of the Law and Justice party’s Beata Szydlo, Onet reported.

Growing up in Anne Frank’s shadow, my kids have known about the Holocaust since before they could speak

Posted on April 11, 2021

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — On a country road steeped in spring blossom, the 5-year-old in the backseat asked a question that sent shivers down our spines. “Did the farmer plant those trees around his house because his family’s Jewish?” he asked us, his parents, pointing at a farmhouse we passed along the way. I knew immediately Continue Reading »

Antony Blinken in Holocaust Day speech recalls past State Department obstruction of bids to save Jews

Posted on April 11, 2021

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations are by their nature calls for accountability for atrocities past and present. Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, used the occasion to take his own department to task for its neglect of Jews during the Nazi era, and to call for action on behalf of the persecuted Continue Reading »

Top Nazi official who spied for US was allowed to avoid trial until his death in 1975

Posted on April 8, 2021

(JTA) — A top Austrian Nazi who was responsible for the murder of thousands of Jews avoided prosecution until his death in 1975 because he spied for the West, The New York Times reported. Franz Josef Huber, a top Gestapo officer serving in Vienna who helped Adolf Eichmann round up and murder the Jews of Central Continue Reading »

British court jails Holocaust denier for inciting hatred against Jews

Posted on April 3, 2021

(JTA) — A Holocaust denier from London with previous convictions for inciting hatred against Jews is headed to jail. Alison Chabloz, 57, was handed a nine-week prison sentence in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday for saying on the social network Gab that “anything that’s worth controlling will have Jews there controlling it,” and that Jews Continue Reading »

Can We Really Picture Auschwitz?

Posted on April 2, 2021

When Buba Weisz Sajovits and her sister Icu arrived in Veracruz in 1946, their eldest sister, Bella, was waiting for them by the dock. Bella, who had been in Mexico with her husband from the 1930s, insisted that they were not to speak of what had happened to them in the war. Life was meant Continue Reading »

Sewing for survival: The last of Auschwitz’s forgotten ‘dressmakers’ dies

Posted on April 1, 2021

For a group of 40 seamstresses imprisoned at Auschwitz, the ability to create high-end fashion meant the difference between life and death. Amid the horror of the Holocaust, starting in 1943, a select group of hand-picked women were segregated from their peers and set up in a workshop to create haute couture for the wives of Continue Reading »

Polish woman who doted over Jewish boy she rescued from the Holocaust dies at 101

Posted on April 1, 2021

(JTA) — Anna Kozminska, a Polish woman who rescued a Jewish boy from the Holocaust, has died. She was 101. Kozminska, who was recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations – Israel’s title for non-Jews who saved Jews from the Holocaust — died last week, the Polin Jewish museum in Warsaw wrote Monday on Facebook. She was Continue Reading »

A ‘Nazi love story’ about a mass murderer who got away

Posted on April 1, 2021

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — I first met Philippe Sands when he was promoting his 2015 documentary “My Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did.” It told the story of Niklas Frank and Horst Wächter, two men whose fathers were among the Nazi perpetrators of the Holocaust. It was a study in contrasts: Frank acknowledged the Continue Reading »

‘Their stories seeped into my system’: How Judy Batalion found the stories of overlooked female Polish WWII resistance fighters

Posted on April 1, 2021

(JTA) — They hid revolvers in teddy bears and dynamite in their underwear. They learned how to make lethal Molotov cocktails and fling them at German supply trains. The girls with “Aryan” features who could pass as non-Jews flirted with Nazis – plying them with wine, whiskey and pastry before shooting them dead. When the Continue Reading »

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