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From a Budapest attic to the New York Knicks: A Holocaust survivor’s family journey

Posted on December 22, 2021

For the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, the irony of Dan Grunfeld’s first contract offer to play professional basketball was a bit on-the-nose. It was not just that it came from Germany. The team that wanted him was from Oldenburg — the first state to put the Nazi party in power. Grunfeld’s new book, By Continue Reading »

‘Holocoste’ sweatshirt taken down by Ukrainian Jewish group

Posted on December 20, 2021

Thousands of stores sell knockoff brand merchandise. But one decided to take it a step further by bringing antisemitism into it with a “Holocoste” sweatshirt, featuring a crocodile like the Lacoste brand’s logo. Elina Katz, a program coordinator for Project Kesher in Ukraine, noticed the sweatshirt for sale on a major e-commerce site called Prom, Continue Reading »

Greek-Jewish archives return home nearly 80 years after they were looted by the Nazis

Posted on December 20, 2021

(JTA) — The Greek-Jewish community is celebrating the return of a trove of manuscripts and community documents that the Nazis had stolen nearly 80 years ago. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) announced in a statement earlier this month that Russia, who was in possession of the archives, has agreed to return them to their Mediterranean Continue Reading »

D.C. third-graders were made to reenact episodes from the Holocaust

Posted on December 20, 2021

A Watkins Elementary School staff member told third-graders in library class to reenact scenes from the Holocaust, directing them to dig their classmates’ mass graves and simulate shooting the victims, according to an email from the school’s principal. The instructor was placed on leave Friday. She allegedly assigned specific roles to students. She cast one Continue Reading »

A baby was taken from her mother’s arms in the Holocaust. The family just reunited.

Posted on December 15, 2021

The sisters knew they had an older sister, but they had never met her, and it was a mystery whether she was even alive. Dena Morris and Jean Gearhart had been told the shocking family story: As a baby, their sister Eva was pulled from her mother’s arms during World War II. Their mother, Dora Continue Reading »

A German cellist’s obsession: Reuniting a family scattered by the Holocaust

Posted on December 13, 2021

The house in the German city of Stralsund was once home to a Jewish family named Blach and its leather business. It stood through Nazism and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1994, a married couple moved to the east German city, which had entered a new era after four decades of Continue Reading »

With an apology, Germany returns reparations to Holocaust survivor’s kin

Posted on December 10, 2021

A German official has apologized to the daughter of a Holocaust survivor for demanding she return 72.55 euros that the government had mistakenly paid out to her deceased mother after she died in January. And Germany will return the money — about $80 — to the daughter, who had written a check for the amount Continue Reading »

An Israeli documentary about Albert Speer falsified key material, one of its subjects claims

Posted on December 8, 2021

(JTA) — A screenwriter who worked with Albert Speer to try to turn the infamous Nazi architect’s life into a movie is charging that an award-winning Israeli documentary about Speer makes significant ethical lapses in its use of archival material.

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.

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