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In Holocaust memorial day speech, Lithuanian lawmaker says Jews and communists share blame

Posted on January 28, 2021

(JTA) — In an unusual move, the U.S. ambassador to Lithuania accused a local senior lawmaker of distorting the history of the Holocaust and blaming Jews for it. Robert Gilchrist, who took up the post in February last year, made the accusation following a speech Wednesday by Valdas Rakutis, a member of the Seimas, Lithuania’s Continue Reading »

This Dutch village is finally ready to tell its unique Holocaust rescue story

Posted on January 28, 2021

NIEUWLANDE, Netherlands (JTA) — On a cold February morning in 1945, a Dutch Nazi SS unit noticed a foreign-looking man walking around a farm in this remote village. The Nazis confronted farm owner Jan van der Helm and gunned him down when he tried to escape. They discovered five Jews in hiding on the farm, Continue Reading »

The Holocaust as an underlying condition In Israel, the pandemic takes an emotional toll on survivors of Nazi atrocities

Posted on January 28, 2021

HAIFA, Israel — For 10 grinding months, Shimon Sabag has worked to keep the coronavirus from devastating one of Israel’s most vulnerable populations: the dwindling number of Holocaust survivors living out their final years in the Jewish state. Now he’s worried about the pandemic endgame. “This is the moment of truth,” Sabag said of the nail-biting contest Continue Reading »

How many monuments honor fascists, Nazis and murderers of Jews? You’ll be shocked.

Posted on January 27, 2021

The most curious thing about last year’s protests that toppled statues of slavers and colonizers is that the monuments of Holocaust perpetrators didn’t even make headlines. Yet a Forward investigation reveals there are hundreds of statues and monuments in the United States and around the world to people who abetted or took part in the Continue Reading »

ADL: Twitch, the gaming network, is most effective social platform at curbing Holocaust denial

Posted on January 27, 2021

(JTA) — How well are the world’s most prominent social media companies rooting out Holocaust denial on their platforms? Not at all, the Anti-Defamation League concluded after reviewing their policies this month — and then testing how those policies are put into practice. Only Twitch, the platform for games, earned a “B” grade from the Continue Reading »

Facebook debuts new fact check box to combat Holocaust denial

Posted on January 27, 2021

(JTA) — People who search for information about the Holocaust on Facebook will now be prompted to visit a website on the genocide curated by the World Jewish Congress and UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Starting Wednesday, which is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, users will see a box labeled “Learning About Continue Reading »

Biden recalls Charlottesville march on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted on January 27, 2021

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Joe Biden recalled the deadly neo-Nazi march in 2017 in his statement Wednesday marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, saying that Holocaust awareness must address current threats of genocide. “The horrors we saw and heard in Charlottesville in 2017, with white nationalists and neo-Nazis spewing the same anti-Semitic bile we heard in Continue Reading »

Austrian government, Jewish community vaccinate survivors on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted on January 27, 2021

(JTA) — The main representative body of Austrian Jewry organized the vaccination of Holocaust survivors in Vienna on Wednesday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In the project by the Jewish Community of Vienna on Jan. 27, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, multiple survivors were brought from across Austria and Slovakia to Continue Reading »

Israeli Holocaust museum under fire for allegedly smuggling artifacts out of Warsaw

Posted on January 27, 2021

(JTA) — The city of Warsaw has accused an Israeli Holocaust museum of being involved in the smuggling out of Poland of Jewish prayer artifacts that the museum said were found inside an old bunker in the Polish capital. The Shem Olam museum near Hadera announced this week that it had obtained 10 sets of tefillin, a Continue Reading »

Warsaw ghetto. Eighty years ago, the gates slammed. They locked up hundreds of thousands of people in a small piece of Warsaw

Posted on January 26, 2021

On Saturday, November 16, 1940, the Germans closed the Warsaw ghetto. In the area of ​​307 ha in the center of the city, they initially imprisoned over 350,000 people. Jews. But they took their freedom step by step from the beginning of the occupation. “The morning of November 16 was a great shock for everyone. It turned out that Continue Reading »

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