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Germany names Dutch SS veterans who receive pensions for serving Hitler

Posted on February 4, 2021

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Germany has handed over to the Netherlands a list of 34 Dutch citizens who are receiving army stipends from Berlin for serving in the military under the Nazis, including some suspected war criminals and possibly former guards at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Most of the beneficiaries are SS veterans or their relatives, Continue Reading »

Italy granted her a pension for Holocaust survivors. Then it asked for the money back.

Posted on February 3, 2021

(JTA) — In 2012, Messauda Fadlun received a letter from the Italian government asking her to return all the money she had been receiving as part of a restitution program for those racially persecuted by the fascist regime during World War II. Fadlun, an Italian-Libyan Jew, and her family were shocked. “We thought there had Continue Reading »

Future of Holocaust research in Poland hinges on libel case

Posted on February 3, 2021

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two Polish historians are facing a libel trial for a scholarly examination of Polish behavior during World War II, a case whose outcome is expected to determine the fate of independent Holocaust research under Poland’s nationalist government. A verdict is expected in Warsaw’s district court on Feb. 9 in the case Continue Reading »

Graffiti equating Jewish genocide with Uighur persecution painted on Paris Holocaust monument

Posted on February 2, 2021

(JTA) — Unidentified individuals spray painted “Uighurs 2021 = Jews 1941” on a major Holocaust memorial monument in Paris. The graffiti was discovered on Wednesday on plaques bearing the names of Holocaust victims at the Memorial de la Shoa Holocaust museum in central Paris, the Israeli embassy wrote on Twitter. Wednesday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Lithuanian lawmaker who blamed Jews for Holocaust quits parliament’s memorial commission

Posted on February 2, 2021

(JTA) — A Lithuanian lawmaker who had suggested that Jews share the blame for the Holocaust resigned as chair of the parliament’s historical memory commission. Valdas Rakutis faced criticism over his comments, made during a speech in parliament on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, including a rare rebuke from the U.S. ambassador. Rakutis cited his desire to “reduce Continue Reading »

Daughter of couple who hid Jews at Warsaw Zoo dies

Posted on February 2, 2021

(JTA) — The daughter of a Polish couple who rescued Jews by hiding them at Warsaw’s zoo has died. Teresa Zabinska-Zawadzki died Sunday at the age of 77, the Warsaw Zoo wrote on Facebook. The statement did not specify the cause of death. She was born in 1943 at the zoo when Warsaw was occupied by Nazi Germany.

Concentration Camps in Scotland

Posted on January 31, 2021

A little-known network of concentration camps operated in Scotland during World War II. The Jewish prisoners were beaten and starved. Some were chained in their cells; at least one inmate was shot by a guard on a seeming whim. It was the early 1940s and the Holocaust was raging across Europe. Anti-Semitic soldiers who’d fought Continue Reading »

Amazon removes 92 books promoting Holocaust denial

Posted on January 30, 2021

Amazon has removed 92 books promoting Shoah denial, sparking praise from Jewish groups ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day. The tech giant faced growing public pressure on the issue in recent years. It has now taken down scores of volumes across 17 countries and more than 850 hyperlinks.    Material no longer sold on the platform Continue Reading »

Benny Gantz: My Holocaust survivor mother made me a better general

Posted on January 28, 2021

(JTA) — I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that 2020 was one of the toughest years that the world has endured in recent history. On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I reflect on the lessons I learned from my parents, both Holocaust survivors, who taught me the capacity for both evil and Continue Reading »

In first, Luxembourg offers $1.2 million in symbolic compensation to noncitizen Holocaust victims

Posted on January 28, 2021

(JTA) — The government of Luxembourg, which for decades has avoided paying Holocaust restitution to most of its survivors for property they lost, has agreed to pay $1.2 million in symbolic compensation. On Wednesday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the grand duchy signed an agreement with the World Jewish Restitution Organization and the local Jewish community that will Continue Reading »

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