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Arizona passes long-delayed Holocaust education bill after sidelining debate over antisemitism definitions

Posted on July 7, 2021

(Jewish News of Greater Phoenix via JTA) — When Michael Beller set out three years ago to get a law passed in Arizona requiring Holocaust education in public schools, the response he got was clear. “People told me this would never happen. They were like, ‘Not now, not ever. It will never happen in Arizona.’ And that Continue Reading »

Belarusian president: Whole world ‘bows’ to Jews due to Holocaust

Posted on July 6, 2021

“Jews were able to make the world remember [the Holocaust], and the whole world bows to them.” • Israel’s Foreign Ministry called the comments “unacceptable.” Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko claimed that the “whole world bows” to the Jews due to the Holocaust, during a memorial service for Soviet soldiers who fell during World War II Continue Reading »

67 headstones damaged at Jewish cemetery in Poland

Posted on June 28, 2021

(JTA) — Dozens of headstones were knocked down, with several destroyed, at a Jewish cemetery in Poland. The incident, the third of its kind since 2015, happened on Saturday and left 67 graves desecrated in Bielsko-Biała, in southern Poland, according to the Zrzutka news site. Police have been notified and are investigating the incident. There are no Continue Reading »

In Slovakia, a retired non-Jewish educator teaches Roma teens about the Holocaust at Jewish cemeteries

Posted on June 25, 2021

(JTA) — An activist attempting to preserve Jewish cemeteries in Slovakia has recruited several Roma teenagers to help with the task. Vladimir Spanik, 73, involved the teenagers in cleaning up the Jewish cemetery of Vinodol, a town located some 40 miles east of the capital Bratislava, Reuters reported last week. Spanik has been volunteering to help motivate Continue Reading »

In Poland, a bill to limit Holocaust restitution advances in parliament

Posted on June 25, 2021

(JTA) — The Polish parliament has advanced a bill that would limit the ability of claimants to seek restitution for property they owned during the Holocaust, triggering a fresh diplomatic spat involving Israel and the United States. Under the measure, which passed its first reading on Thursday, courts may consider appeals regarding administrative decisions only Continue Reading »

Obituary of Fritzie Fritzshall, President of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Posted on June 25, 2021

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that Auschwitz Survivor and Museum President Fritzie Fritzshall passed away on the morning of June 19th. As a Survivor of the Holocaust and the President of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Fritzie Fritzshall devoted her life to combatting hatred and prejudice, inspiring people Continue Reading »

US and Germany join in Holocaust education push

Posted on June 24, 2021

(JTA) — The Biden administration and Angela Merkel’s government are signing a letter of intent to share information and strategies on advancing Holocaust education. Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, and Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister will sign a letter of intent on Thursday at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe Continue Reading »

Opinion: Auschwitz comes to the middle of America, with a powerful warning

Posted on June 18, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michael Berenbaum, eminent scholar of the Holocaust, opened a powerful exhibition here on Monday by saying, “People must go to Auschwitz, and Auschwitz must go to the people.” So here it is, an indictment, a warning, a challenge: Come to the middle of the American map. A wooden freight car. A Continue Reading »

Krakow city official says good-luck figurines of Jews are ‘antisemitic’ and should not be sold

Posted on June 14, 2021

(JTA) — A spokesperson for the city of Krakow, Poland, condemned as antisemitic the figurines of Orthodox Jews that are on sale as good luck charms there. “This figurine is anti-Semitic and it’s time for us to realize it,” Robert Piaskowski, the city’s alderman for cultural affairs, was quoted as saying during a meeting Thursday by the Continue Reading »

Headstones smashed at Jewish cemeteries in Ukraine and Romania

Posted on June 8, 2021

(JTA) — In two separate incidents, a Jewish cemetery was vandalized in Romania and Ukraine. The Center for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism in Romania-MCA reported Sunday about the incident in the town of Ploesti, located about 50 miles north of Bucharest. Multiple headstones, some as recent as 2009, were knocked over. Several were smashed.

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