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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 »

Amazon Bans, Then Reinstates, Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ The retailer is trying to do two contradictory things: Ban hate literature but allow free speech.

Posted on March 23, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon quietly banned Adolf Hitler’s manifesto “Mein Kampf” late last week, part of its accelerating efforts to remove Nazi and other hate-filled material from its bookstore, before quickly reversing itself.  The retailer, which controls the majority of the book market in the United States, is caught between two demands that cannot be Continue Reading »

Aging Poles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust are at risk from the coronavirus. So this Jewish group is delivering food to them.

Posted on March 21, 2020

Across the world, people from her generation have minimized their interaction with the outside world to avoid contracting COVID-19. For rescuers of Jews in Warsaw, that task became considerably easier this week.  The From the Depths commemoration group, which last year began offering free taxi rides to these rescuers, converted its small fleet of four cars Continue Reading »

In Europe’s latest display of sick anti-Semitism, parade participants donned costumes that were half Hitler, half concentration camp victim.

Posted on March 5, 2020

Europe’s anti-Semitism crisis continues to shock people outside the Continent, with a parade in Badajos, Spain featuring marchers dressed up as Jews in Nazi death camps, while other participants wore Hitler costumes.  The parade occurred in the same time frame that another similar mockery of the Holocaust was staged in Campo de Criptana, Spain. These Continue Reading »

Stephan Ross, a death camps survivor and founder of the New England Holocaust Memorial, dies

Posted on February 26, 2020

Stephan Ross invoked images beyond nightmares when he spoke of his imprisonment as a boy in Nazi labor and death camps – 10 in all. He survived brutal beatings and ravaging illnesses and dashed away when told to wait in a line of those chosen to die. “The history of my childhood is beyond what Continue Reading »

Belgian parade featuring big-nosed Jews set to include even more antisemitic effigies The Aalst Carnaval, which lost its Unesco cultural heritage status, is due to take place on Sunday

Posted on February 24, 2020

Organisers of the Carnaval in Aalst, a Flemish city north west of Brussels, have already sold hundreds of “rabbi kits” – which include oversized noses, sidelocks and black hats – for carnival-goers to dress as Chasidic Jews, according to the Jerusalem Post. Past floats have featured Charedi Jews with big noses sitting on piles of Continue Reading »

Liberation75 is the world’s largest international event to mark the 75th anniversary of liberation from the Holocaust. Join thousands of others as we commit to fighting antisemitism and continuing Holocaust education and remembrance.

Posted on February 24, 2020

LIBERATION75 IS A GLOBAL GATHERING OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS, DESCENDANTS, EDUCATORS & FRIENDS.  It’s being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center fr0m Sunday, May 31st until Tuesday, June 2nd.  For information on the program, accommodations, transportation, registration and more, please visit their website. 

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