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60 Minutes Presents: The Lost Music

Posted on June 12, 2020

More than 6 million people, most of them Jews, died in the Holocaust. The music they wrote as a temporary escape, however, did not, thanks in part to the efforts of an Italian composer and pianist.      

Evidence Emerges of ‘Second Japanese Schindler’ Who Rescued Jews From Nazi Persecution

Posted on June 12, 2020

Evidence has emerged of a second Japanese diplomat who provided visas to European Jews fleeing Nazi persecution, raising the prospect that further undiscovered heroes are waiting to be recognized. Saburo Nei — who served as Imperial Japan’s consul-general in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok during World War II — issued transit visas for Continue Reading »

US government recommends that the Supreme Court hear German museums’ appeal on Guelph Treasure claim

Posted on June 7, 2020

The solicitor general’s recent filing suggests the Nazis’ looting of Jewish collections in Germany was a domestic rather than international crime The US Supreme Court may be inching towards granting an appeal by the German state museums in a claim over the master trove of German medieval church reliquaries known as the Guelph Treasure. Last Continue Reading »

Veterans Affairs department to reverse course and replace tombstones that have swastikas

Posted on June 3, 2020

(JTA) — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will begin the process of replacing three gravestones bearing swastikas in cemeteries in Texas and Utah, less than a month after saying they would be preserved as “historic resources.” The VA told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency last month that it would preserve the gravestones, which mark the burial Continue Reading »

Many Holocaust Survivors Are Struggling Amid the Pandemic. Here’s How Virtual Gatherings Are Helping

Posted on May 31, 2020

When registration opened for what was billed as the world’s largest gathering of Holocaust survivors and their descendants, Nathan Leipciger was the first to sign up. Leipciger, a 92-year-old Auschwitz survivor who lives in Toronto, had helped to organized an earlier such conference, and knew that this one — dubbed Liberation 75, making three-quarters of a century since the liberation of Nazi Continue Reading »

German government urged not to honor Holocaust rescuer with murky record

Posted on May 29, 2020

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — More than 200 people, including a Dutch chief rabbi, are protesting plans in Germany to honor a Holocaust-era official who is said to have both saved and doomed Jews. The call came in a letter that the German ambassador to the Netherlands received Thursday from Hans Knoop, a Dutch-Jewish journalist. It concerned Continue Reading »

Auschwitz renovation uncovers objects hidden by prisoners

Posted on May 24, 2020

Vienna (AFP) – Renovation works at Auschwitz have turned up spoons, forks, cobbler’s tools and other objects hidden beneath a chimney flue — some that might have been used to plan escapes, a national fund said Tuesday. The objects, which also include knives, hooks, scissors, pieces of leather and parts of shoes, were found last Continue Reading »

‘Fearless’ consular officials who saved thousands of Jews from Nazis honoured

Posted on May 23, 2020

“Fearless” British consular officials who helped save the lives of thousands of Jews from near-certain death in Nazi Germany and Austria have been honoured with a commemorative plaque. The plaque, mounted on the wall of the British Embassy in Berlin by the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), is to be unveiled by dignitaries today in Continue Reading »

‘Eva.Stories,’ Instagram series about young Holocaust victim, wins 2 Webbys

Posted on May 20, 2020

(JTA) — An Instagram story series about a Hungarian teenager who died during the Holocaust won two Webby Awards, the internet Oscars. “Eva.Stories” won for best use of stories and for best campaigns on social media. The series was created by Israeli tech executive Mati Kochavi and his daughter Maya.

Paris prosecutors say Holocaust survivor’s 2018 slaying was an anti-Semitic murder

Posted on May 18, 2020

(JTA) — Two men who allegedly killed and robbed a Holocaust survivor in her Paris apartment will stand trial for murder that was aggravated by anti-Semitic hatred, Paris prosecutors said. The charred body of Mireille Knoll, 85, was discovered in her apartment on March 23, 2018. Yacine Mihoub, 28, a son of Knol’s neighbor who Continue Reading »

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