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Son of France’s best-known Holocaust survivor equates lamb at slaughterhouse to Jew at gas chamber

Posted on February 13, 2021

(JTA) — Arno Klarsfeld, the son of the well-known French Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld, said on television that a lamb at a slaughterhouse is the same as a Jew arriving at the gas chamber. Arno Klarsfeld, a 55-year-old lawyer and author, made the remark during an interview Wednesday on i24 news channel about his Continue Reading »

Claims Conference Condemns Legal Proceedings Against Polish Scholars

Posted on February 12, 2021

   February 12, 2021 30 Sh’vat, 5781     View this email in your browser PRESIDENT’S REPORT   A memorial stone in the forest outside of Malinowo, Poland, where a group of Jews were hiding before they were discovered and killed. [Photo: Maciek Nabrdalik for The New York Times] Nationalists in many countries have often Continue Reading »

Anti-Semitic flyer in German tram blames Jews for the COVID pandemic

Posted on February 11, 2021

BERLIN (JTA) — Anti-Semitic flyers were found Wednesday on a tram in Cologne, Germany, blaming Jews for the ongoing pandemic. The black-and-white flyer reads: “Do we really have a Corona problem? Or do we have a Jewish problem?” with a Star of David in the background next to the names of three prominent German politicians Continue Reading »

Old Irving Park neighbors push to rename Kolmar Park to honor German-Jewish author killed in the Holocaust

Posted on February 11, 2021

Block Club Chicago is a nonprofit newsroom focused on Chicago’s neighborhoods. Subscribe to support their on-the-ground reporting here. Neighbors are pushing for a Northwest Side park to be renamed after an influential German-Jewish author and poet who died in the Holocaust. Kolmar Park, 4143 N. Kolmar Ave., is named for the street on which it sits. Continue Reading »

Her Holocaust survival story was like something out of a movie — maybe too much so

Posted on February 10, 2021

Misha Defonseca had a secret. As she stood before the synagogue at Temple Beth Torah in Holliston, Massachusetts, she harbored a tale so remarkable that it would eventually catapult her to international notoriety. After a half century of silence, Misha began to share her story of escaping Nazi-occupied Belgium during the Holocaust. Her fellow congregants Continue Reading »

Polish court rules that historians must apologize for part of Holocaust pogrom research

Posted on February 10, 2021

(JTA) — In the verdict of a lawsuit seen by some as significant for the future of Holocaust research and freedom of expression in Poland, a Warsaw court ordered two historians to publicly apologize for part of their research into a Holocaust pogrom. In their 2018 book “Night Without an End,” a 1,700-page tome about Polish Continue Reading »

Former secretary at Nazi death camp, 95, to stand trial for accessory to murder

Posted on February 8, 2021

(JTA) — Prosecutors in Germany have indicted a 95-year-old woman who served as a secretary to a Nazi death camp’s commander during the Holocaust. The woman, identified under German privacy laws only as Irmgard F., is charged with complicity in the murders of 10,000 people at Stutthof, a camp in occupied Poland. She will be Continue Reading »

Rep. Elissa Slotkin wants to mandate Holocaust education in fight against domestic terrorism

Posted on February 5, 2021

(JTA) — Rep. Elissa Slotkin, the Michigan Democrat who now chairs an influential anti-terrorism subcommittee, wants to mandate Holocaust education as a means of preventing domestic terrorism, citing the anti-Semitic symbols that appeared during the recent deadly Capitol raid. Slotkin, giving her first news conference on Thursday as the chairwoman of the intelligence and counterterrorism Continue Reading »

How the Jews of the Caucasus Used an Epidemic to Trick the Nazis

Posted on February 4, 2021

During the Nazi occupation, Muslims aided efforts to hide the origins of the local Jews, preventing the extinction of a community. In July of 1942, the German Wehrmacht began occupying territories in the northern Caucasus. Although this occupation lasted only a few months, the Jewish communities of the area were severely impacted. In villages such Continue Reading »

Supreme Court rejects appeal by Holocaust heirs seeking restitution in the US

Posted on February 4, 2021

(JTA) — The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously rejected an appeal by Holocaust survivors and their heirs who wanted to pursue restitution claims in the United States after failing in the countries where the art was stolen. The opinion published Wednesday, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, agreed with the defense and with the U.S. Continue Reading »

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