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Note found in child’s shoe at Auschwitz leads to discovery of his father’s suitcase

Posted on October 8, 2020

(JTA) — A note found in a child’s shoe at the Auschwitz museum this summer has led researchers to a suitcase that likely belonged to the child’s father. In July, employees of the Auschwitz museum discovered the name of Amos Steinberg written in a shoe. Amos Steinberg was born in Prague in 1938 and killed with his Continue Reading »

Israel and UAE foreign ministers tour Berlin Holocaust monument in historic first meeting

Posted on October 8, 2020

(JTA) — In a historic meeting, the foreign ministers of Israel and the United Arab Emirates met in Berlin and visited the city’s main Holocaust monument together on Tuesday. Less than a month after signing a peace deal that normalized relations between the Middle Eastern neighbors, Israel’s Gabi Ashkenazi and the UAE’s Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan walked Continue Reading »

Richard Schifter, Holocaust survivor who later served as a US diplomat, dies at 97

Posted on October 6, 2020

(JTA) – Richard Schifter, a Holocaust survivor who served as an American diplomat, has died at the age of 97. Schifter was the American representative to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights and deputy representative to the U.N. Security Council. He later headed the American Jewish International Relations Institute and the Center for Democracy and Continue Reading »

A Jewish artist hid hundreds of her paintings in a house near Prague during the Holocaust. Now the works need a home.

Posted on October 6, 2020

(JTA) – Plans are under way to find a home for a huge trove of works by a nearly forgotten Jewish artist that was uncovered 78 years after her death in a Nazi concentration camp. The works of Czech artist Gertrud Kauders (1883-1942) were found during the demolition of an old house near Prague in Continue Reading »

75 years ago, my parents and other Holocaust survivors celebrated Sukkot on their own terms

Posted on October 5, 2020

(JTA) — The festival of Sukkot, which begins five days after Yom Kippur, is traditionally referred to as the time of our rejoicing. It is an upbeat, celebratory weeklong holiday during which we are commanded to eat and, ideally, sleep in a temporary dwelling to remind us that the children of Israel lived in booths during their desert sojourn after Continue Reading »

Memorial honors a general and president who preserved memory of the Holocaust

Posted on October 5, 2020

There’s a story about Dwight D. Eisenhower that has become the stuff of legend. After witnessing the horrors of Ohrdruf concentration camp in Germany as the supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe, he told his men who liberated the camps to collect testimony and film and photograph everything, because “the day will Continue Reading »

Roman Polanski’s Holocaust saviors to be named Righteous Among the Nations

Posted on October 5, 2020

(JTA) — Israel is set to honor the couple who rescued Jewish film director Roman Polanski from the Holocaust. A grandson of Stefania and Jan Buchała will accept the medal naming them posthumously as Righteous Among the Nations, a title that Israel confers on non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews from the Nazis, Continue Reading »

New center sheds light on previously unknown details of Holocaust’s Babyn Yar massacre

Posted on September 30, 2020

Raisa Maistrenko will never forget Sept. 29, 1941 — the day Nazi troops rounded up the Jewish residents of Kyiv, Ukraine, and marched them to the Babyn Yar ravine on the city’s outskirts. “Leaflets were posted saying that all the Jews had to gather in one place,” recalled Maistrenko, who was just 3 at the Continue Reading »

Babi Yar at 79 … and its future

Posted on September 29, 2020

(September 29, 2020 / JNS) Over a two-day period, beginning on Sept. 29, 1941, almost the entire Jewish community of Kyiv was wiped out at a ravine on the outskirts of the city known as Babi Yar. The Nazis and their collaborators rounded up and shot the 34,000 Jews who had been unable to flee in advance of Continue Reading »

Neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement targets Jews on Yom Kippur

Posted on September 29, 2020

“This year, the modern-day successors of the Nazis, known as the Nordic Resistance Movement, have mounted a vile and vicious campaign of hate against Jews in Northern Europe.” The neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement targeted Jews in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland with antisemitic campaigns throughout the week leading up to Yom Kippur – the holiest Continue Reading »

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