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A family’s secret language, a reckoning with a Nazi past

Posted on December 2, 2020

As a young boy growing up in Germany Martin Puchner loved to hear his family use Rotwelsch, an obscure argot of slightly suspicious words, colorful-sounding phrases, and even rudimentary symbols used for centuries by itinerant outsiders. To his delight, an hasn machn, which translates literally as “making a rabbit,” meant a quick escape. Saure-Gurken-Zeit, which literally means “a Continue Reading »

The Signing of the Righteous Gentiles Fund agreement between the Claims Conference and the German government in Berlin

Posted on November 30, 2020

“I deeply appreciate that I am in this program. I am grateful and I believe this makes my life longer,” remarked Stanislawa, a Righteous Gentile from Poland. An agreement for the Righteous Gentiles Fund was signed between the Claims Conference and the German government at the Foreign Office in Berlin. In 1963, the Claims Conference Continue Reading »

UNITED STATES Six weeks ago, Facebook announced a ban on Holocaust denial. It’s still easy to find.

Posted on November 30, 2020

(JTA) — As of Wednesday afternoon, one of the first results in a Facebook search for “Holohoax” — a term popular with Holocaust deniers — was a post decrying “Zionist White Jewish Supremacist Child murdering Apartheid State, Talmudic Satanic Holohoax promoters.” Right below it was a video, posted by a group with more than 6,000 followers, captioned Continue Reading »

Hungarian official retracts op-ed calling George Soros ‘liberal Fuhrer’

Posted on November 30, 2020

  (JTA) — A Hungarian official has retracted an op-ed in which he called George Soros “the liberal Fuhrer” who uses Europe as “his gas chamber” and identified Poland and Hungary as “the new Jews.” After the op-ed was published Saturday on Origo, a Hungarian news site owned by allies of Prime Minister Victor Orban, Jewish Continue Reading »

Coronavirus: How German protesters are trivializing Nazi-era persecution

Posted on November 30, 2020

Fresh protests have broken out in Germany against measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The rallies have provided a backdrop for demonstrators to compare themselves to victims of Nazi persecution. At one demonstration last weekend, a young woman, who introduced herself as “Jana from Kassel” drew a shocking parallel: “I feel,” she said, “like Sophie Scholl Continue Reading »

Swastikas carved into Jewish headstones, spray-painted on memorials in Germany

Posted on November 19, 2020

(JTA) — Amid a recent spate of incidents against Jewish targets in Germany, swastikas were etched into headstones at a cemetery. The vandalism discovered this week in Haren, a northwestern town about 220 miles west of Berlin, is being treated as an anti-Semitic hate crime by police, the dpa news agency reported Tuesday. There are no suspects Continue Reading »

This non-Jewish leader is working to clean up Poland’s forgotten Jewish cemeteries

Posted on November 18, 2020

(JTA) — National Independence Day in Poland has served in recent years as a backdrop for anti-Semitic, xenophobic and violent incidents at nationalist rallies. Last week, thousands in Warsaw flouted the coronavirus ban on public gatherings and clashed with police who tried to disperse them. The illegal procession on Independence Day, Nov. 11, included a banner that Continue Reading »

Why the exhibit on the Warsaw Jewish quarter, Muranow, is so good

Posted on November 18, 2020

When I first heard that Warsaw’s Polin Museum had an exhibit about Muranow, the former Jewish quarter of the Polish capital, my first instinct was to buy a ticket to Warsaw – until I remembered that we’re in the midst of an epidemic. Although I live in Israel, Muranow has become very familiar to me in Continue Reading »

New synagogue will open on Nazi killing grounds of Babyn Yar in Ukraine

Posted on November 17, 2020

(JTA) — A new synagogue is planned to open in Babyn Yar, the park in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv commemorating a ravine where the Nazis and their collaborators murdered more than 30,000 Jews. The new synagogue will open in 2021, the state news agency Ukrinform reported last week, ahead of the 80th anniversary of the killings Continue Reading »

New adult animation about liberators of Dachau

Posted on November 15, 2020

  The Liberator This experiment in adult animation was actually shot with live actors and animated after the fact, like that one Instagram filter. It tells the World War II story of Felix Sparks (read up on him here) and the diverse platoon he led that liberated Dachau in 1945, a gut-wrenching historical incident that’s well-dramatized here

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