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Jewish music in Germany after the Holocaust

Posted on April 28, 2021

Tina Frühauf Transcending Dystopia: Music, Mobility, and the Jewish Community in Germany, 1945-1989 Oxford University Press, 2021, 644 pp. Immediately after World War II, the German rabbi Leo Baeck, who had survived the war in the concentration camp Terezin, declared: “The history of German Jews has ended once and for all.” These words stand at Continue Reading »

Elie Wiesel’s bust will feature in the National Cathedral. He may (or may not) be the first Jew to get the honor.

Posted on April 28, 2021

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Washington’s National Cathedral, known for its role during presidential inaugurations and other days of national import, is honoring Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Laureate and Holocaust memoirist with a bust, making him the first Jew to be so honored. Or maybe not the first, depending on where you sit.

Oregon auction house removes Himmler’s purported dagger after Jewish groups complain

Posted on April 28, 2021

(JTA) — “VERY RARE HEINRICH HIMMLER PRESENTATION SS HONOR DAGGER,” said the entry posted Sunday on the website of the Portland auction house O’Gallerie. On Monday, after Jewish groups complained, it became even rarer. The auction house president, Thomas O’Grady, removed the ceremonial dagger purportedly owned by the leader of the SS, The Oregonian reported. Continue Reading »

Is Pudu Pudu Nazi pudding? How Dr. Oetker came to terms with its past

Posted on April 27, 2021

When Max Goldblatt noticed a high-end pudding shop opening in L.A.’s uber-hip Silverlake neighborhood, he had a few questions. For one thing, a high-end pudding shop? Also, did that sign in the window really say: “Since 1894” ? “In this neighborhood, you see signs on bars and restaurants that brag, ‘Since 2011,’” Goldblatt, a seven-year Silverlake resident, Continue Reading »

A 1998 Spielberg-produced Holocaust documentary will be streamed on Netflix

Posted on April 24, 2021

(JTA) — An Oscar-winning documentary about the experience of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust that was produced by Steven Spielberg will be made available for streaming on Netflix. “The Last Days” will be remastered from the original 35 mm film before its streaming release on May 19. The documentary, which won the Academy Award for Continue Reading »

Museum opens at one of Holland’s most infamous Nazi camps

Posted on April 23, 2021

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte inaugurated a museum on the former grounds of one of the Netherlands’ most infamous Nazi camps 80 years after its construction. National Monument Camp Amersfoort is a large, underground and dark space dominated by the portraits and personal stories of about 47,000 people who were imprisoned at the facility in Continue Reading »

Germany won’t prosecute 95-year-old former concentration camp guard deported from US

Posted on April 23, 2021

(JTA) — German prosecutors said they had insufficient evidence to prosecute a 95-year-old man who was deported from the United States on suspicion of involvement in Nazi war crimes. The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Celle, in northern Germany, dropped all charges last month against Friedrich Karl Berger, who was deported in February, Der Spiegel reported. A U.S. Immigration Continue Reading »

Oscar-nominated filmmakers to produce documentary on French Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld

Posted on April 21, 2021

(JTA) — Two of the world’s most famous Nazi hunters, Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, are getting the documentary treatment. Alexander Nanau, a Romanian filmmaker whose documentary “Collective” is up for both best documentary and best foreign film at this year’s Oscars on Sunday, will executive produce a film about the Klarsfelds, who have exposed Nazis Continue Reading »

Dutch museum will pay $240K to owners of Nazi-looted painting it won’t return

Posted on April 21, 2021

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Dutch museum will compensate the rightful owners of a Nazi-looted painting the government said it could keep because displaying it would benefit the public interest. Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle has agreed to give $240,000 to the descendants of Jewish Holocaust victims who under duress sold the 1635 painting “Christ and Continue Reading »

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.

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