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Friend of Anne Frank lays first stone of Amsterdam’s newest Holocaust monument

Posted on September 26, 2020

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — For a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor and friend of the renowned teenage diarist Anne Frank, laying the first brick for a new monument to victims of the genocide was a “special moment.” “I’m satisfied that it’s finally happening,” Jacqueline van Maarsen told the ANP news agency on Wednesday with the launch of the Names Monument. Continue Reading »

Nearly 80 years after the Babyn Yar massacre, Ukrainian researchers lift victims out of anonymity

Posted on September 26, 2020

(JTA) — For most of his life, all the information Igor Kulakov had about his paternal great-grandparents was their picture, their names and the fact that they had been murdered during the Holocaust. The assumption in his family had always been that Sheindle and Mordechai Sova were shot at Babyn Yar (often spelled “Babi Yar”), Continue Reading »

3 Holocaust monuments vandalized with swastikas in Ukraine and Russia

Posted on September 19, 2020

(JTA) — In three separate incidents this week, swastikas were painted on two monuments for Holocaust victims in Ukraine, and another one in Russia. At the former concentration camp Bogdanovka, in southern Ukraine, a note with three swastikas was addressed to three prominent Jews: Ukrainian President Vlodymyr Zelensky, former politician Yevhen Chervonenko and Eduard Dolinsky, Continue Reading »

Survey: 63% of millennials, Gen Z unaware of key Holocaust facts

Posted on September 18, 2020

(Gray News) – The first-ever 50 state survey on Holocaust knowledge among Americans within the millennial and Generation Z age groups revealed more than half of those who took part were unaware of key facts of the event. The U.S. Millennial Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Survey, conducted by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Continue Reading »

The Secret History of America’s Only WWII Refugee Camp

Posted on September 14, 2020

At the height of the war, 982 refugees fleeing the Nazis were invited by President Roosevelt to a converted military base in upstate New York. Elfi Strauber was 11 years old when she boarded the U.S.S. Henry Gibbins in Naples, Italy. It was the summer of 1944, and she was traveling with her parents and Continue Reading »

Film about Nicholas Winton, rescuer of children from the Nazis, stars Anthony Hopkins

Posted on September 11, 2020

(JTA) — A feature film about the life of Nicholas Winton, who saved 669 children from the Nazis, is in production with Oscar winner  Anthony Hopkins in the lead role. “One Life” has Hopkins playing an older Winton, Deadline Hollywood reported. British actor Johnny Flynn portrays the young Winton. Winton, who is nicknamed “the British Schindler,” Continue Reading »

BEYOND THE WORLD WAR II WE KNOW For Some Holocaust Survivors, Even Liberation Was Dehumanizing

Posted on September 5, 2020

“If their eyes were mirrors, it seems I’m not far from dead.” After being freed by Allied troops, some former prisoners continued to be mistreated.   On April 10, 1945, the 84th Infantry Division liberated Hannover-Ahlem concentration camp. Confronted with walking skeletons and cadavers piled in bins, many service members cried and vomited. After inspecting the Continue Reading »

A Secret Diary Chronicled the ‘Satanic World’ That Was Dachau

Posted on September 5, 2020

The final article from “Beyond the World War II We Know,” a series by The Times that documents lesser-known stories from the war, remembers Edgar Kupfer-Koberwitz, a prisoner at Dachau who secretly documented everything he observed in the concentration camp in a diary, which he then buried until the American liberation. For two years, a Continue Reading »

The Pope, the Jews, and the Secrets in the Archives

Posted on September 2, 2020

Documents reveal the private discussions behind both Pope Pius XII’s silence about the Nazi deportation of Rome’s Jews in 1943 and the Vatican’s postwar support for the kidnapping of two Jewish boys whose parents had perished in the Holocaust. In early 1953, the photograph of a prominent nun being arrested was splashed across the front Continue Reading »

Holocaust Austria offers citizenship to the descendants of Jews who fled the Nazis

Posted on September 2, 2020

Tens of thousands of British citizens are among the many descendants of Jewish refugees who can apply for Austrian citizenship from Tuesday under a new law that campaigners say finally delivers a measure of historic justice for their ancestors’ expulsions under Nazi rule. About 120,000 Jewish refugees fled persecution after the Nazis took power in Austria in Continue Reading »

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