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As Holocaust survivors dwindle, a proposal emerges for a day devoted to them

Posted on March 19, 2021

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Jews who were murdered by the Nazis have two days of commemoration devoted to them. Now two Jewish leaders have proposed a third day of Holocaust remembrance — devoted to the Jews who survived. Jonathan Ornstein, director of the JCC Krakow in Poland, and Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Continue Reading »

Vienna threatens libel suit against Rothschild scion who said city extends Nazi theft

Posted on March 19, 2021

(JTA) — The City of Vienna is threatening to sue for libel an American descendant of the Rothschild family for accusing the municipality of extending Nazi policies of expropriation. A municipal spokesperson remarked about legal action to the Der Standard newspaper this week. It was the latest development in a legal conflict that began last year between Continue Reading »

The Nazi-Fighting Women of the Jewish Resistance

Posted on March 18, 2021

They went undercover, smuggled revolvers in teddy bears and were bearers of the truth. Why hadn’t I heard their stories? In 1943, Niuta Teitelbaum strolled into a Gestapo apartment on Chmielna Street in central Warsaw and faced three Nazis. A 24-year-old Jewish woman who had studied history at Warsaw University, Niuta was likely now dressed Continue Reading »

Digging into Holocaust history and finding a sort of gold

Posted on March 16, 2021

Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure By Menachem Kaiser Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 277 pages, $27 Menachem Kaiser’s third-generation Holocaust memoir, in keeping with the genre, is an act of reclamation – or at least an attempt at one. In “Plunder,” Kaiser admits to the limits of his project and confesses his envy Continue Reading »

Israeli Envoy in Ukraine Slams Naming of Soccer Stadium in Honor of Nazi Ally Roman Shukhevych

Posted on March 12, 2021

Israel’s Ambassador to Ukraine on Tuesday lambasted the city of Ternopil after its council named a rebuilt soccer stadium after Roman Shukhevych, the leader of a Ukrainian nationalist brigade created by the occupying Germans during World War II. “We strongly condemn the decision of Ternopil city council to name the City Stadium after the infamous Hauptman of the SS Schutzmannschaft 201 Roman Shukhevych and Continue Reading »

Star chef Alon Shaya helped a Holocaust survivor recreate recipes from his prewar youth

Posted on March 4, 2021

(JTA) — Visiting Yad Vashem a decade ago, Alon Shaya got to see some of the Jerusalem Holocaust museum’s culinary artifacts that aren’t always on display to the public. It was the James Beard Award-winning chef’s introduction to the fact that concentration camp inmates distracted themselves by recalling and secretly writing recipes — on scraps Continue Reading »

Germany Places Far-Right AfD Party Under Surveillance for Extremism

Posted on March 4, 2021

It is the first time in Germany’s postwar history that a party represented in the federal Parliament has elicited this level of scrutiny as a potential threat to democracy. BERLIN — For the first time in its postwar history, Germany has placed its main opposition party under surveillance, one of the most dramatic steps yet by a Continue Reading »

A rabbi moves Holocaust survivors to front of vaccination line

Posted on February 27, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Holocaust survivors in a local synagogue started out a bit ominously: A police cruiser was stationed outside and a bomb-sniffing German Shepherd was deployed inside, zealously looking for explosives. “Unfortunately, it’s because we’re Jewish,” said Rabbi Danielle Eskow, who organized the clinic Thursday at Congregation Kehillath Israel, a conservative synagogue Continue Reading »

How the 1941 Dutch February Strike turbocharged a growing resistance movement in Nazi Europe

Posted on February 26, 2021

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Eighty years ago on Thursday, this city was silent. The soft bell chimes of the ubiquitous trams, the main mode of local transportation and a constant presence to this day, were conspicuously absent. It was the start of a consequential yet often-overlooked milestone of the Holocaust: the February Strike. On Feb. 25, Continue Reading »

Dutch right-wing politician calls Nuremberg trials ‘illegitimate’

Posted on February 25, 2021

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A prominent right-wing lawmaker in the Netherlands has provoked outrage by saying that the trials against Nazis in Nuremberg, Germany, were “illegitimate.” Thierry Baudet, leader of the right-wing Forum for Democracy party, which has two seats in Dutch parliament, made the statement on Monday during a rally in Gouda, near Amsterdam, ahead of Continue Reading »

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