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The real story behind ‘Hunters,’ Al Pacino’s new Nazi-hunting Amazon series

Posted on February 24, 2020

(JTA) — “Hunters,” the new show co-produced by Jordan Peele and created by David Weil for Amazon Prime, tells the story of a crew of Nazi hunters in 1970s America. They are led by a mysterious man named Meyer Offerman, who has a thick Yiddish accent and is played by none other than Al Pacino. Continue Reading »

A Bittersweet Homecoming for Egypt’s Jews

Posted on February 24, 2020

A rare ceremony at an ancient synagogue brought 180 Jews back to Egypt, decades after they were pressured to leave. But few Egyptians knew about it, highlighting government ambivalence. Last weekend, 180 Jews from Europe, Israel and the United States traveled to the city of Alexandria on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast to attend religious ceremonies at Continue Reading »

Holocaust survivors honored by UK Queen in New Year’s Honours List

Posted on December 31, 2019

A total of 31 people have been included in the UK New Year’s Honours List for their contribution to Holocaust Education, among them many Holocaust survivors, BBC reported on Friday. The honorees are going to be bestowed with their award by Queen Elizabeth or another member of the royal family. As explained on the Royal Continue Reading »

‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ star recalls Holocaust survivor grandmother at Emmys

Posted on September 26, 2019

(JTA) — Alex Borstein of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” recalled her Holocaust survivor grandmother’s courage in defying the Nazis at the Emmy Awards.https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/marvelous-mrs-maisel-star-recalls-holocaust-survivor-grandmother-at-emmys Borstein, who won the best supporting actress award for her portrayal of Midge Maisel’s manager Susie Myerson, dedicated her award on Sunday night to her grandmother and mother, both survivors and immigrants Continue Reading »

Her Love for France’s First Jewish Prime Minister Made Her Follow Him to Buchenwald

Posted on September 26, 2019

Jeanne Levylier was smitten with Léon Blum when she was 16 and he was 43. She asked to be allowed to join her beloved in Buchenwald, marry him and be a partner in whatever fate awaited him – as seen in a new film.  More than once, when the journalist Dominique Torrès would recount the Continue Reading »

Polish minister says Jewish museum’s director ‘politicized’ it

Posted on September 25, 2019

WARSAW (JTA) — Poland’s culture minister accused the head of the country’s main Jewish museum of politicizing his institution and said it’s why the director’s tenure has not been extended.  The minister, Piotr Glinski, said Dariusz Stola, who heads the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, “runs a very aggressive politics at the Continue Reading »

Graham eyes bill on Holocaust-era insurance claims

Posted on September 25, 2019

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said Tuesday he will explore legislation that would pressure insurers to pay out more Holocaust-era insurance claims, over protests from an official who negotiated international agreements to compensate survivors. The South Carolina Republican told POLITICO he was convinced to move forward after a hearing Tuesday morning that focused on how Continue Reading »

Oldest Austrian Holocaust survivor dies at 106

Posted on September 25, 2019

  The oldest Austrian Holocaust survivor, who once estimated he spoke to half a million people while sharing his story, died Thursday at 106.  Marko Feingold stayed active speaking out about the Holocaust through the end of his life, Agence France-Presse reported. He was deported to Auschwitz in 1940 and endured three other Nazi concentration Continue Reading »

Filmed in Auschwitz With Former Prisoners, First Holocaust Feature Film Was a Feminist Triumph

Posted on September 25, 2019

Centering around the story of a real Jewish heroine, the first ever Holocaust feature film was a revolutionary female-led experiment. ‘They did everything automatically, as returning prisoners. It was frightening’. Exactly 70 years ago, in the summer of 1949, a distinguished group gathered at a Tel Aviv cinema for a preview showing of a pioneering Continue Reading »

An Improbable Relic of Auschwitz: a Shofar That Defied the Nazis

Posted on September 25, 2019

The daughter of a Holocaust survivor has brought forward a ram’s horn trumpet and her father’s account of the power of belief amid death. For years there have been fragmentary reports of almost unbelievable acts of faith at the Nazi death camps during World War II: the sounding of shofars, the ram’s horn trumpets traditionally Continue Reading »

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