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Roman Polanski’s Holocaust saviors to be named Righteous Among the Nations

Posted on October 5, 2020

(JTA) — Israel is set to honor the couple who rescued Jewish film director Roman Polanski from the Holocaust. A grandson of Stefania and Jan Buchała will accept the medal naming them posthumously as Righteous Among the Nations, a title that Israel confers on non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews from the Nazis, Continue Reading »

New center sheds light on previously unknown details of Holocaust’s Babyn Yar massacre

Posted on September 30, 2020

Raisa Maistrenko will never forget Sept. 29, 1941 — the day Nazi troops rounded up the Jewish residents of Kyiv, Ukraine, and marched them to the Babyn Yar ravine on the city’s outskirts. “Leaflets were posted saying that all the Jews had to gather in one place,” recalled Maistrenko, who was just 3 at the Continue Reading »

Babi Yar at 79 … and its future

Posted on September 29, 2020

(September 29, 2020 / JNS) Over a two-day period, beginning on Sept. 29, 1941, almost the entire Jewish community of Kyiv was wiped out at a ravine on the outskirts of the city known as Babi Yar. The Nazis and their collaborators rounded up and shot the 34,000 Jews who had been unable to flee in advance of Continue Reading »

Neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement targets Jews on Yom Kippur

Posted on September 29, 2020

“This year, the modern-day successors of the Nazis, known as the Nordic Resistance Movement, have mounted a vile and vicious campaign of hate against Jews in Northern Europe.” The neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement targeted Jews in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland with antisemitic campaigns throughout the week leading up to Yom Kippur – the holiest Continue Reading »

Friend of Anne Frank lays first stone of Amsterdam’s newest Holocaust monument

Posted on September 26, 2020

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — For a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor and friend of the renowned teenage diarist Anne Frank, laying the first brick for a new monument to victims of the genocide was a “special moment.” “I’m satisfied that it’s finally happening,” Jacqueline van Maarsen told the ANP news agency on Wednesday with the launch of the Names Monument. Continue Reading »

Nearly 80 years after the Babyn Yar massacre, Ukrainian researchers lift victims out of anonymity

Posted on September 26, 2020

(JTA) — For most of his life, all the information Igor Kulakov had about his paternal great-grandparents was their picture, their names and the fact that they had been murdered during the Holocaust. The assumption in his family had always been that Sheindle and Mordechai Sova were shot at Babyn Yar (often spelled “Babi Yar”), Continue Reading »

3 Holocaust monuments vandalized with swastikas in Ukraine and Russia

Posted on September 19, 2020

(JTA) — In three separate incidents this week, swastikas were painted on two monuments for Holocaust victims in Ukraine, and another one in Russia. At the former concentration camp Bogdanovka, in southern Ukraine, a note with three swastikas was addressed to three prominent Jews: Ukrainian President Vlodymyr Zelensky, former politician Yevhen Chervonenko and Eduard Dolinsky, Continue Reading »

Survey: 63% of millennials, Gen Z unaware of key Holocaust facts

Posted on September 18, 2020

(Gray News) – The first-ever 50 state survey on Holocaust knowledge among Americans within the millennial and Generation Z age groups revealed more than half of those who took part were unaware of key facts of the event. The U.S. Millennial Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Survey, conducted by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Continue Reading »

The Secret History of America’s Only WWII Refugee Camp

Posted on September 14, 2020

At the height of the war, 982 refugees fleeing the Nazis were invited by President Roosevelt to a converted military base in upstate New York. Elfi Strauber was 11 years old when she boarded the U.S.S. Henry Gibbins in Naples, Italy. It was the summer of 1944, and she was traveling with her parents and Continue Reading »

Film about Nicholas Winton, rescuer of children from the Nazis, stars Anthony Hopkins

Posted on September 11, 2020

(JTA) — A feature film about the life of Nicholas Winton, who saved 669 children from the Nazis, is in production with Oscar winner  Anthony Hopkins in the lead role. “One Life” has Hopkins playing an older Winton, Deadline Hollywood reported. British actor Johnny Flynn portrays the young Winton. Winton, who is nicknamed “the British Schindler,” Continue Reading »

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