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USC’s new Anne Frank Center ‘unlike anything the university has ever done before

Posted on August 11, 2021

Columbia, South Carolina, is now only one of four places in the world, and the only one on this continent, where people can physically walk through the story of Holocaust victim Anne Frank. The University of South Carolina’s Anne Frank Center, announced Tuesday, aims to use the story and famous diary of the late, German/Jewish girl Continue Reading »

Canada unveils new statue to Anne Frank on anniversary of her arrest and deportation

Posted on August 11, 2021

On Aug. 8, 2021, officials in Edmonton unveiled the first sculpture of Anne Frank anywhere in Canada. The world’s newest memorial to her—a life-sized bronze sculpture gifted by a Dutch-Canadian group based in Alberta—now sits in a park in Edmonton. It’s is a replica of one that stands in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Filmmakers constructed an acre-sized shtetl for a Ukrainian WWII film. Now they want to preserve it as a museum.

Posted on August 11, 2021

  (JTA) — In the woods of northern Ukraine, construction workers have built an island in time: a shtetl. That’s the Yiddish word for the type of old-fashioned Jewish towns that existed throughout Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. This new shtetl, comprising 18 buildings on more than an acre of land near the lakeside town Continue Reading »

Germany looking to prosecute over a dozen more Nazi war criminals

Posted on August 7, 2021

BERLIN (JTA) – As Germany prepares to put a 100-year-old man on trial for Nazi war crimes, public prosecutors in several German states have announced that they are investigating more than a dozen other suspects. Most of the cases involve concentration camp guards who may be charged as accessories to murder following the precedent-setting conviction Continue Reading »

100-year-old former Nazi camp guard to stand trial as accessory to murder of 3,500 prisoners

Posted on August 3, 2021

(JTA) — A 100-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard has been indicted in Germany for being an accessory to murder in 3,500 cases. The defendant, who was not named in the German media, is scheduled to go on trial in October in the Neuruppin district court for his service at Sachsenhausen, Reuters reported Sunday. Court sessions Continue Reading »

British government okays contested Holocaust monument in London

Posted on August 3, 2021

(JTA) — The British government has approved a contested plan for a prominent Holocaust memorial center outside Parliament in London. Friday’s decision by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government means that the ambitious project has cleared its final major bureaucratic hurdle about five years after its inception. The plans include 23 large bronze sculptures and Continue Reading »

The Holocaust is exaggerated in pop culture. That makes it hard for educators like me to teach the truth.

Posted on July 23, 2021

(Chalkbeat via JTA) — “Hey, I did have one question …” That was the tentative opening to an email I recently received from a high school teacher. The Ninth Candle, the Holocaust education organization I founded, had led some educational programs for her students, and the teacher and I had been trading emails for a few weeks. Even Continue Reading »

Tokyo Olympics creative director fired over 1990s comedy skit mocking the Holocaust

Posted on July 23, 2021

(JTA) — The creative director of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony has been fired after a Holocaust joke he made during a 1990s comedy skit drew attention this week. Kentaro Kobayashi, a popular comedian and actor, joked during a television appearance in the 1990s, “Let’s play the genocide of the Jews,” according to a video Continue Reading »

David Mermelstein, Holocaust survivor and longtime advocate for restitution, dies at 92

Posted on July 14, 2021

(JTA) — David Mermelstein started a group for Holocaust survivors in the Miami area in the 1950s simply because it was so hard communicating with others — even fellow Jews — about the horrors they had experienced. Like so many other survivors, as he aged, Mermelstein overcame his reluctance to speak about it and made Continue Reading »

Esther Bejarano, member of Auschwitz orchestra, dies at 96

Posted on July 14, 2021

(JTA) — Esther Bejarano played music while she watched fellow Jews marched to their deaths, and then used it decades later to make sure the crimes she suffered and witnessed would never be repeated. Bejarano, a member of the so-called Auschwitz orchestra, died peacefully Saturday at the Jewish hospital in Hamburg. She was 96.   Continue Reading »

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