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Texas official to teachers: State law requires teaching ‘opposing’ views on the Holocaust

Posted on October 16, 2021

(JTA) — Teachers in a Texas school district were told last week that a new state law requiring them to present multiple perspectives about “widely debated and currently controversial” issues meant they needed to make “opposing” views on the Holocaust available to students.

I spoke to a Holocaust survivor’s 3D hologram. Then I phoned the survivor.

Posted on October 14, 2021

I sat down across from Renee Firestone and asked her about her life during the Holocaust. The conversation flowed: what her life was like before the war, and how she endured Auschwitz. The small, spirited 97-year-old survivor was direct and honest, answering personal questions with powerful details—all the more remarkable because the real Renee Firestone Continue Reading »

Memorial site launched at Babi Yar killing ground

Posted on October 11, 2021

Testimony of Nazi murderers revealed • Presidents Herzog, Zelensky, Steinmeier launch commemoration site • Sharansky: A double crime was committed, first by Nazis, then Soviets KYIV – The presidents of Ukraine, Israel and Germany on Wednesday led an inauguration ceremony of a memorial site at Babyn Yar in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, a site where Continue Reading »

Latvia grants Holocaust restitution — while insisting it’s not at fault

Posted on October 11, 2021

(JTA) — Latvia’s parliament voted to pay $46 million to the country’s Jewish community for property that was stolen from it during the Holocaust from individuals with no surviving legal heirs. The Holocaust restitution law passed last week by the Saeima, Latvia’s parliament, in Riga states that the country is not to blame for the Continue Reading »

U.S. Holocaust Museums Are Updating Content and Context

Posted on October 11, 2021

Many organizations are now trying to reach wider and younger audiences, and to tackle topics beyond the Holocaust. With an urgency to preserve memory and modernize as the remaining Holocaust survivors enter their 80s and 90s, at least half a dozen Holocaust museums are being built, plan to break ground or have recently expanded, with Continue Reading »

Unsung Dutchman who saved as many as 10,000 Jews during the Holocaust is finally getting his due

Posted on October 9, 2021

When ordinary people who have no intentions of making history step up to do the right thing, it reminds us that we all have the ability to be heroes. Jan Zwartendijk, a company man who risked the life of his wife and three children to help Jewish people flee to freedom during World War II, Continue Reading »

Ukrainians unearth hiding places of Jews in city sewers during Nazi Holocaust

Posted on October 9, 2021

LVIV, Ukraine, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Under cobblestone streets in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, diggers have uncovered new hiding spots in underground sewers where some Jews managed to flee from Nazi occupying forces during World War Two. More than 100,000 Jews, or around one third of the city’s population at the time, were Continue Reading »

Germany to Expand Group of Holocaust Survivors Receiving Monthly Stipends

Posted on October 9, 2021

Holocaust survivors who lived through the siege of Leningrad, about 2,000 of whom now live in Israel, will be eligible for the 375 euros a month stipend Jewish Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, popularly known as the Claims Conference, said Holocaust survivors who lived through the siege of Leningrad, who hid in Nazi-occupied Continue Reading »

The ‘Spanish Schindler’ saved 5,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Now Spain wants to find their descendants.

Posted on October 9, 2021

MADRID (JTA) — In an unprecedented effort to find their relatives and raise awareness about their stories, Spanish authorities are releasing a list of the Hungarian Jews protected from the Nazis by a diplomat nicknamed the “Spanish Schindler.” Ángel Sanz Briz was recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust memorial and museum, in 1966 for Continue Reading »

The man who’s seen more than 400 Holocaust movies — almost every one ever made — has some takeaways

Posted on October 9, 2021

(JTA) — At least 440 narrative films have been made about the Holocaust — and Rich Brownstein has seen just about every single one of them. As a lecturer on Holocaust film for Yad Vashem’s international school, Brownstein has both a personal and professional interest in viewing and cataloguing so many depictions of Jewish suffering.  Continue Reading »

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