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Delaware to require teaching of the Holocaust and genocide

Posted on August 13, 2020

(JTA) — The state of Delaware will require the teaching of a Holocaust curriculum in middle and high schools starting with the 2021-22  term. A bill signed into law late last month by Gov. John Carney mandates that public schools implement curriculum on the Holocaust and genocide for students in grades 6 through 12. Each Continue Reading »

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

Posted on August 13, 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 nothing. Continue Reading »

Hungary’s largest Jewish group expels rabbi who said Zionism is causing another Holocaust

Posted on August 12, 2020

(JTA) — Hungary’s largest Jewish group expelled a rabbi who has accused Israel of appropriating the money of Holocaust victims and putting Diaspora Jews in danger. The rabbinical council of the Mazsihisz umbrella announced in a letter to Israeli Ambassador Yacov Hadas-Handelsman that it was “terminating its relationship” with Rabbi Gabor Finali. The letter said Continue Reading »

Facebook announces new policy combating anti-Jewish stereotypes

Posted on August 12, 2020

(JTA) — Facebook announced that it would ban posts about Jews controlling the world among several other efforts to combat hate speech. The announcement comes following a monthlong boycott of advertising on Facebook spearheaded by a coalition of civil rights groups led by the Anti-Defamation League. More than 1,000 companies participated in the boycott, which was meant to protest Continue Reading »

Holocaust Survivors call for Facebook to crack down on deniers

Posted on August 10, 2020

NBC’s Harry Smith talks to Holocaust survivors working with the Claims Conference’s NoDenyingIt campaign as they share their personal stories and speak out about combating Holocaust deniers on social media. They call on Facebook to do more to stop the spread of lies on their platform.    Stefanie Seltzer, President of The World Federation of Jewish Continue Reading »

Jewish federations group gets $5 million US grant to help Holocaust survivors

Posted on August 7, 2020

(JTA) — A $5 million U.S. government grant will help a Jewish group care for Holocaust survivors and other adults with a history of trauma and their caregivers. The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging awarded the grant to the Jewish Federations of North America on Wednesday. The grant Continue Reading »

Dutch-Jewish resistance fighter whose factory was used to make yellow stars dies at 98

Posted on August 3, 2020

Henk van Gelderen, a Dutch-Jewish resistance fighter whose textile factory was used to produce yellow stars for the Nazis, died at 98. The De Stentor newspaper reported Tuesday about van Gelderen’s death. Van Gelderen’s factory in the eastern city of Enschede, NV Stoomweverij Nijverheid, was confiscated by the German occupation forces soon after they invaded the Netherlands Continue Reading »

David Galante, 94, Auschwitz survivor who taught about the Holocaust after a 50-year silence

Posted on August 3, 2020

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — It took 50 years for David Galante to begin talking about his experience at Auschwitz. Born to a Sephardic family in Rhodes in 1925, Galante studied in a Jewish school as a child, learning Italian, French and Hebrew. He was a teenager when he arrived at Auschwitz in the summer of Continue Reading »

State Department report assesses progress in Holocaust property restitution in 46 countries

Posted on August 3, 2020

(JTA) — The State Department released a report that assesses the progress made by 46 countries on the restitution or compensation for property wrongfully seized during the Holocaust. The 200-page report issued Wednesday was mandated by the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today Act, or JUST Act of 2017. Cherrie Daniels, the U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, Continue Reading »

Holocaust Survivors Meeting On Zoom During Pandemic

Posted on July 29, 2020

She has Zoom conferences with her daughters, meets with her doctors, has calls with her friends.  She Zooms with docents at the Holocaust museum and now, with the help of Jewish Family Service, she meets with other Holocaust survivors and social workers.  The calls ease the loneliness and isolation the pandemic has brought and addresses Continue Reading »

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