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80 years ago, lethal Nazi T4 center began euthanizing Germans with disabilities

Posted on May 14, 2020

After implementing tens of thousands ‘merciful deaths,’ Hartheim Castle’s crematoria personnel were sent to build Holocaust death camps in occupied Poland. Eighty years ago this week, the most lethal “T4” euthanasia center began implementing “merciful deaths” for physically and mentally disabled Germans. Hartheim Castle was not far from Austria’s Linz, where Adolf Hitler grew up. Continue Reading »

Born in a concentration camp: The Holocaust’s youngest survivors Their mothers gave birth amid the most extreme adversity imaginable. They are among the only ones left able to bear witness to the horrors of the Nazi genocide

Posted on May 6, 2020

PARIS, France (AFP) — Holocaust survivor Florence Schulmann has always worried that if she went into schools to recount her experience, it would sound almost fantastical: “I’d be too scared that they wouldn’t believe me.” It is the first time that the retired French shopkeeper, now living in Paris’s 11th district, has shared her story Continue Reading »

Prague revamp reveals Jewish gravestones used to pave streets Find confirms speculation communist regime raided synagogues for building materials

Posted on May 6, 2020

Dozens of paving stones made from Jewish headstones have been found during redevelopment work in Prague’s tourist district, confirming speculation that the former communist regime raided synagogues and graveyards for building materials. Tuesday’s discovery came in the opening phase of a £10.6m facelift project in the city’s landmark Wenceslas Square, scene of the some of Continue Reading »

Researchers say Vatican archives show pope Pius XII knew of WWII killing of Jews

Posted on April 30, 2020

Researchers studying the newly opened Vatican archives of pope Pius XII have already found evidence that the World War II-era pope knew about the mass killing of Jews from his own sources but kept it from the US government, the Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing interviews with German scholars. The archives were opened March 2, but closed Continue Reading »

Dutch right-wingers share meme of Anne Frank snorting cocaine

Posted on April 29, 2020

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Young supporters of the Dutch right-wing Forum for Democracy party shared memes of Anne Frank snorting cocaine and anti-Semitic remarks in internal correspondence. The HP/DeTijd magazine reported Wednesday on the contents of the WhatsApp group of some supporters of the Forum for Democracy’s young adult department. The party is the second-largest in the Dutch senate with 10 Continue Reading »

‘Never Again’ projected on Brazil’s national congress buildings to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted on April 29, 2020

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The words “Holocaust” and “Never Again” were projected in Portuguese on Brazil’s National Congress buildings to mark Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Monday. The message covered the 300-foot-high facade of both 28-story twin towers of the Congress, the capital city Brasilia’s most famous landmark, for four hours on Continue Reading »

Tedje van der Sluis, 93, Auschwitz survivor whose happy marriage was subject of Dutch film

Posted on April 29, 2020

 Tedje van der Sluis had lived by her husband’s side since she was a teenager. The couple, both Holocaust survivors from Amsterdam, had been inseparable since 1945, when they met at a Jewish orphanage. But Tedje, who suffered from dementia, was when alone when she died on April 11 of the coronavirus on the third Continue Reading »

Dutch Jew who rescued 100s in Vichy France finally recognized — 80 years later

Posted on April 6, 2020

4 LONDON — In August 1942, as the Nazis’ net grew ever tighter around the Jews of Vichy France, a Dutch diplomat walked into Lyon’s Palais de Justice and successfully demanded the release of 118 prisoners being held there.  The following day, the same Dutchman, Sally Noach, appeared at the Stade des Iris on the Continue Reading »

Swiss Museum Settles Claim Over Art Trove Acquired in Nazi Era

Posted on March 30, 2020

The Kunstmuseum in Basel agreed to pay the heirs of a Berlin collector for 200 works he sold as he fled German persecution of Jews.  Twelve years after the city of Basel, Switzerland, rejected a claim for restitution of 200 prints and drawings in its Kunstmuseum, officials there have reversed their position and reached a settlement Continue Reading »

They Survived the Spanish Flu, the Depression and the Holocaust Two extraordinary women — one 101, the other 95 — lived through the worst of the 20th century. They have some advice for you.

Posted on March 29, 2020

For most of us, it is almost impossible to comprehend the ferocity and regularity with which life was upended during the first half of the 20th century. Plague and conflict emerged on an epic scale, again and again. Loss and restriction were routine; disaster was its own season.  At 101, Naomi Replansky, a poet and Continue Reading »

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