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He survived a Nazi work camp to shape the world of modern film

Posted on February 23, 2022

In October 1949, Jonas Mekas arrived in New York City broke and nearly broken. The Lithuanian artist had survived a Nazi work camp and several years as a refugee, and was supposed to travel on to Chicago where a job in a bakery awaited. But the buzz of New York City energized him and so Continue Reading »

Montreal’s Holocaust Museum relocating to new $80 million site in historic Jewish quarter by 2025

Posted on February 21, 2022

(JTA) — The Montreal Holocaust Museum, which first opened its doors in 1979, will move into a new $80 million site in the city’s historic Jewish quarter in Plateau Mont-Royal by 2025. Lined with hip eateries and indie bookstores and bordered by the city’s Gay Village to the south and Little Italy to the north, Continue Reading »

His Jewish wedding at a Nazi enclave was a ‘middle finger extended to Hitler.’ So was the rest of his life.

Posted on February 18, 2022

  (JTA) — Felice Jacobs and Alan Feldstein could have tied the knot in Phoenix, where they met and where his mother worked at the local Reform synagogue. Or they could have held their wedding on the U.S. Army base in Austria where Alan was stationed at the time. Instead, they chose the Eagle’s Nest, Continue Reading »

Arizona Jews sue to stop the state from executing people with Zyklon B, which the Nazis used to gas Jews

Posted on February 18, 2022

(Jewish News of Greater Phoenix via JTA) — Leaders of Arizona’s Jewish community are suing the state to prevent it from using hydrogen cyanide, the same lethal gas that was deployed at Auschwitz, to carry out capital punishment. During the Holocaust, the Nazis used pellets of Zyklon B, a hydrogen cyanide formulation, in the gas chambers at Continue Reading »

Mel Mermelstein, survivor who beat Holocaust deniers in court, dies at 95

Posted on February 9, 2022

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Mel Mermelstein, a Holocaust survivor who won a five-year court battle forcing a right-wing Holocaust-denying organization to retract its claim and pay hefty damages, died Jan. 28 at the age of 95 from complications of COVID-19. Weeks later, tributes to Mermelstein are continuing to arrive at the family home in Long Beach, Continue Reading »

Liviu Beris, Romanian Holocaust survivor who became a genetics pioneer and debated an infamous antisemite on TV, dies at 93

Posted on February 1, 2022

BUCHAREST (JTA) — Liviu Beris, who survived the Holocaust in Transnistria to become an internationally recognized geneticist, died last week at 93 in Romania, where he tirelessly shared his personal story with younger generations and famously debated an antisemite on live TV. Born in Herta, then a part of Romania and now a part of Continue Reading »

German teens and young adults are interested in learning about the Holocaust — but they want new ways to do so

Posted on February 1, 2022

BERLIN (JTA) — A new survey of youth in Germany shows growing interest in Nazi-era history, but it also suggests that their attention span is shrinking.  According to the study conducted by the Cologne-based Rheingold Institute, Germany’s 16-25 year olds are much more interested in the Nazi era than their parents were. They tend to draw analogies Continue Reading »

How a Last Letter From a Holocaust Victim Inspired an Album of Jewish Choral Music

Posted on January 26, 2022

British vocal ensemble Mosaic Voices wants the world to hear that there’s much more to Jewish music than just klezmer. Look out Gregorian chanting, ‘Avinu Malkeinu’ is coming for you. LONDON – On July 14, 1942, Kamilla Breuer sat down in her Vienna home to write a letter to her children Lotte and Jozsi. They Continue Reading »

This Filmmaker Dares to Question the Figure of 6 Million Jewish Victims in WWII

Posted on January 26, 2022

How did the devastating, albeit too round number of 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust become so profoundly embedded in our minds? In his new documentary Israeli filmmaker David Fisher dares to try and recount. Six million. This number has been present in our lives now for over seven decades. It is always there Continue Reading »

A musician’s project sheds new light on artistic life in the Terezín concentration camp

Posted on January 26, 2022

(JTA) — Over the past several decades, the Terezín concentration camp has come to be synonymous with the music of the Holocaust because of the number of performers who were imprisoned there. Now, in the latest production associated with a foundation devoted to preserving the camp’s legacy, a new book reveals how one prominent musician Continue Reading »

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