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Hundreds associated with anti-Semitic movement attempt to break into German parliament building

Posted on September 1, 2020

https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/hundreds-associated-with-anti-semitic-movement-attempt-to-break-into-german-parliament-building(JTA) — Several hundred protesters, some associated with an anti-Semitic movement, stormed through a group of police officers to the doors of Germany’s parliament building in Berlin before being removed by other officers. The demonstrators from the Reichsburger (Reich Citizens) movement were among some 38,000 people who showed up for a mostly peaceful rally Saturday to protest Continue Reading »

Japanese municipality holds benefit to commemorate savior of Jews

Posted on August 24, 2020

(JTA) — A municipality in Japan celebrated the 80th anniversary of the rescue of Jews by a local diplomat with a bake sale. The benefit, which began this week in Japan’s Gifu district, will continue until Sept. 10 and its proceeds will go toward commemorating Chiune Sugihara’s actions in Japan, Lithuania and beyond, Kyodo News reported Thursday. Continue Reading »

Waking up to the parallels between the American Indian Boarding School system and the Holocaust

Posted on August 24, 2020

As a grandchild of Holocaust survivors, I grew up hearing about the unfathomable conditions the Jews endured while in concentration camps or in hiding. I learned about the numbers tattooed on my Papa’s arm from Auschwitz, my Bubbie’s stories of caring for the younger girls in her camp, and why my mom never had her Continue Reading »

America’s Holocaust museums should mobilize for racial truth and reconciliation

Posted on August 19, 2020

When I was 19 years old, the small Holocaust museum in my hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana was firebombed. The arsonist spray-painted on the brick exterior the words “Remember Timmy McVeigh” — an homage to the perpetrator of the deadliest domestic terrorist attack in U.S. history. That museum was rebuilt, and a few years later Continue Reading »

This Holocaust survivor turned architect designed a memorial honoring Albanians who saved Jews

Posted on August 17, 2020

  (JTA) — In the world of New York architecture, Stephen B. Jacobs is known for his multimillion-dollar creations, such as the Hotel Gansevoort, a swanky boutique hotel with a rooftop bar that was the first luxury hotel in the city’s trendy Meatpacking District. But Jacobs recently finished a much different project — and charged Continue Reading »

Facebook algorithm found to ‘actively promote’ Holocaust denial

Posted on August 16, 2020

Facebook’s algorithm “actively promotes” Holocaust denial content according to an analysis that will increase pressure on the social media giant to remove antisemitic content relating to the Nazi genocide. An investigation by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a UK-based counter-extremist organization, found that typing “holocaust” in the Facebook search function brought up suggestions for denial Continue Reading »

Group set up by German soccer stars donates $80,000 to Auschwitz museum

Posted on August 15, 2020

(JTA) — A German organization that two professional soccer players established to fight the coronavirus has donated approximately $80,000 to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland. The WeKickCorona Initiative, established this year by Bayern Munich players Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich, gave the money after the museum asked for public contributions in the wake of the pandemic, Continue Reading »

Group set up by German soccer stars donates $80,000 to Auschwitz museum

Posted on August 15, 2020

(JTA) — A German organization that two professional soccer players established to fight the coronavirus has donated approximately $80,000 to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland. The WeKickCorona Initiative, established this year by Bayern Munich players Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich, gave the money after the museum asked for public contributions in the wake of the pandemic, Continue Reading »

In Warsaw Ghetto, doctors and others halted typhus outbreak during WWII

Posted on August 15, 2020

Between 1940 and 1943, over 90,000 Jews died in the Warsaw Ghetto of starvation and disease. But that number could have been much higher if not for the efforts of doctors and ghetto officials who managed to stop a typhus epidemic in its tracks, a new study suggests. An international group of researchers wanted to Continue Reading »

Principal who made Holocaust comments should not have been fired, judge rules

Posted on August 15, 2020

The former Boca Raton principal who generated a national uproar for his comments about the Holocaust should not have been fired, a judge ruled Thursday. The Palm Beach County School District should have given William Latson, former principal of Spanish River High, a reprimand or reassigned him to another job, according to the ruling by Continue Reading »

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