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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 »

Grandson of Auschwitz commander Rudolf Hoess, who criticized his family history, is a criminal, report claims

Posted on July 29, 2020

(JTA) — About a decade ago, Rainer Hoess began making media appearances to discuss the actions of his grandfather Rudolf, the longest-serving commander of the Auschwitz death camp. Eloquent and unwavering, Hoess became a sensation, and outlets such as CNN and the Wall Street Journal prominently featured his reckoning with his family’s legacy. Eva Mozes Continue Reading »

In Shanghai, a refuge for Jews fleeing Nazi Europe

Posted on July 29, 2020

75 years ago, American troops entered Shanghai to help liberate the city from the Japanese. Surprised upon being told there was a Jewish ghetto in the city, they prepared for the worst. Like the rest of the world, they had watched the ghastly scenes of allied liberators stumbling upon concentration camps and ghettos in Europe Continue Reading »

AJR Virtual Event: Join Us!

Posted on July 24, 2020

Join us and our partners at the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) next Wednesday, July 29 at 11 a.m. ET | 4 p.m. GMT+1 as they host a virtual forum highlighting the work of the Claims Conference and WJRO! Come hear from the new President of the Claims Conference, Gideon Taylor, as he shares his vision for the Continue Reading »

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