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In Israel for Miss Universe competition, Puerto Rican contestant reveals that her great-grandfather survived the Holocaust

Posted on December 8, 2021

(JTA) — When she won the privilege of representing Puerto Rico in the Miss Universe contest, Michelle Marie Colon spoke of her pride in making history as the first Black woman from the territory to seize the honor. This week in Israel, where the contest is being held, she has been touting pride in another aspect of Continue Reading »

Prime Minister honours teen who co-wrote great-grandmother’s Auschwitz memoir

Posted on December 4, 2021

A teenage author who co-wrote his Auschwitz-surviving great-grandmother’s memoir has been honoured by the Prime Minister. Dov Forman, 17, was awarded the Points of Light Award by Boris Johnson at Downing Street during a Chanukah reception this week.

A tree that survived the Holocaust gains a new life in New York City

Posted on December 3, 2021

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — In January of 1943, Irma Lauscher, a teacher at the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, smuggled a tree into the camp so that the Jewish children imprisoned by the Nazis could celebrate Tu B’Shevat in a secret ceremony. The children used their water rations to nurture the sapling. 

An Israeli documentary chronicles a real-life relationship between an Auschwitz prisoner and an SS officer

Posted on December 3, 2021

(JTA) — “Nazisploitation,” a pop-culture subgenre that draws on imagery and stories from the Holocaust for winkingly perverse entertainment, is built around the idea that there are bad-taste ways to interpret an incomparable tragedy that can nevertheless prove enlightening. 

Facebook still failing to remove Holocaust denialism, new ADL report finds

Posted on December 1, 2021

Facebook continues to allow individuals and some groups to share Holocaust denial content, despite a policy change last year aimed at targeting this issue, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League released Wednesday. The organization offered examples that include a link to a video titled, “Holocaust Lies Exposed” and “Mainstream Holocaust Narrative ‘Substantially, if not Entirely, Continue Reading »

Amid the Holocaust’s Horrors, Many Jews Found Ways to Mark Hanukkah

Posted on December 1, 2021

There was little room for light in Theresienstadt—especially in the darkness of early December. Some 140,000 Czech Jews came through the Nazi camp-ghetto and holding pen, with almost one in four eventually submitting to disease or starvation. Those who survived were almost always brought on to other, still more terrible places.

Italian politician apologizes for referring to Holocaust survivor by her Auschwitz tattoo number

Posted on November 23, 2021

(JTA) — A local politician in Italy apologized for referring to a well-known Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre by her concentration camp tattoo number in a Facebook comment criticizing her support for COVID-19 public health measures. Fabio Meroni, a member of the city council of Lissone, a suburb of Milan, who represents the far-right Northern League, wrote in Continue Reading »

Justus Rosenberg, professor and last surviving member of group that smuggled intellectuals out of Nazi-held Europe, has died at 100

Posted on November 22, 2021

(JTA) — Justus Rosenberg, a professor whose long career teaching literature was preceded by a remarkable tenure in the French resistance during World War II, died last month at the age of 100. Rosenberg was a professor at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York for decades where he taught literature and languages, including German, French, Yiddish, Continue Reading »

A mile from Auschwitz, a restored synagogue recalls thriving Jewish life in Oswiecim

Posted on November 19, 2021

OSWIECIM, Poland (JTA) — In a typical, pre-pandemic year, about 2.3 million people a year visit Auschwitz, the infamous Nazi death camp where nearly 1 million Jews were murdered. About 30,000 — or roughly 1% — of them also visit a nearby museum that represents the last vestige of how Jews in the area once Continue Reading »

Luxembourg to distribute $1.1 million in restitution to Holocaust survivors

Posted on November 19, 2021

(November 18, 2021 / JNS) The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) announced that the Claims Conference has begun allocating $1.1 million to Holocaust survivors who are currently living in or were persecuted by German Nazis or their allies in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg during the years of World War II and the Holocaust.

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