General Interest News

‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ star recalls Holocaust survivor grandmother at Emmys

Posted on September 26, 2019

(JTA) — Alex Borstein of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” recalled her Holocaust survivor grandmother’s courage in defying the Nazis at the Emmy Awards. Borstein, who won the best supporting actress award for her portrayal of Midge Maisel’s manager Susie Myerson, dedicated her award on Sunday night to her grandmother and mother, both survivors and immigrants Continue Reading »

Her Love for France’s First Jewish Prime Minister Made Her Follow Him to Buchenwald

Posted on September 26, 2019

Jeanne Levylier was smitten with Léon Blum when she was 16 and he was 43. She asked to be allowed to join her beloved in Buchenwald, marry him and be a partner in whatever fate awaited him – as seen in a new film.  More than once, when the journalist Dominique Torrès would recount the Continue Reading »

Polish minister says Jewish museum’s director ‘politicized’ it

Posted on September 25, 2019

WARSAW (JTA) — Poland’s culture minister accused the head of the country’s main Jewish museum of politicizing his institution and said it’s why the director’s tenure has not been extended.  The minister, Piotr Glinski, said Dariusz Stola, who heads the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, “runs a very aggressive politics at the Continue Reading »

Graham eyes bill on Holocaust-era insurance claims

Posted on September 25, 2019

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said Tuesday he will explore legislation that would pressure insurers to pay out more Holocaust-era insurance claims, over protests from an official who negotiated international agreements to compensate survivors. The South Carolina Republican told POLITICO he was convinced to move forward after a hearing Tuesday morning that focused on how Continue Reading »

Oldest Austrian Holocaust survivor dies at 106

Posted on September 25, 2019

  The oldest Austrian Holocaust survivor, who once estimated he spoke to half a million people while sharing his story, died Thursday at 106.  Marko Feingold stayed active speaking out about the Holocaust through the end of his life, Agence France-Presse reported. He was deported to Auschwitz in 1940 and endured three other Nazi concentration Continue Reading »

Filmed in Auschwitz With Former Prisoners, First Holocaust Feature Film Was a Feminist Triumph

Posted on September 25, 2019

Centering around the story of a real Jewish heroine, the first ever Holocaust feature film was a revolutionary female-led experiment. ‘They did everything automatically, as returning prisoners. It was frightening’. Exactly 70 years ago, in the summer of 1949, a distinguished group gathered at a Tel Aviv cinema for a preview showing of a pioneering Continue Reading »

An Improbable Relic of Auschwitz: a Shofar That Defied the Nazis

Posted on September 25, 2019

The daughter of a Holocaust survivor has brought forward a ram’s horn trumpet and her father’s account of the power of belief amid death. For years there have been fragmentary reports of almost unbelievable acts of faith at the Nazi death camps during World War II: the sounding of shofars, the ram’s horn trumpets traditionally Continue Reading »

Artist Uses 100,000 Banned Books To Build A Full-Size Parthenon At Historic Nazi Book Burning Site

Posted on September 25, 2019

The German city of Kassel has just become home for one of the most impressive pieces of art that we’ve seen in a while. It was created by the Argentinian artist Marta Minujín, 74, who has decided to bring back the topic of political oppression by making a full-size replica of the Greek Parthenon using Continue Reading »

The Holocaust Survivor Who Deciphered Nazi Doublespeak The personal papers of one of World War II’s earliest historians reveal an obsession with how Nazis distorted the German language.

Posted on June 27, 2019

 They didn’t wait for the war to end. In August 1944, as soon as Soviet troop s swept the Nazis out of eastern Poland, a group of Jewish intellectuals rushed to cities like Lublin and Lodz to begin collecting and recording, scouring for any trace of the still fresh horror that had taken their own Continue Reading »

Seven Holocaust survivors named in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Posted on June 18, 2019

Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen survivor Ruzena Levy is among seven Jewish refugees named in this weekend’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Levy, along with Walter Kammerling, Gabriele Keenaghan, Ernest Simon, George Hans Vulkan, Robert and Hannah Kirk were awarded British Empire Medals for sharing their testimony with over 100,000 schoolchildren around the UK. It took Levy Continue Reading »

Join Our Mailing List

Stay up to date on conference news and updates