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State Department report assesses progress in Holocaust property restitution in 46 countries

Posted on August 3, 2020

(JTA) — The State Department released a report that assesses the progress made by 46 countries on the restitution or compensation for property wrongfully seized during the Holocaust. The 200-page report issued Wednesday was mandated by the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today Act, or JUST Act of 2017. Cherrie Daniels, the U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, Continue Reading »

Holocaust Survivors Meeting On Zoom During Pandemic

Posted on July 29, 2020

She has Zoom conferences with her daughters, meets with her doctors, has calls with her friends.  She Zooms with docents at the Holocaust museum and now, with the help of Jewish Family Service, she meets with other Holocaust survivors and social workers.  The calls ease the loneliness and isolation the pandemic has brought and addresses Continue Reading »

Grandson of Auschwitz commander Rudolf Hoess, who criticized his family history, is a criminal, report claims

Posted on July 29, 2020

(JTA) — About a decade ago, Rainer Hoess began making media appearances to discuss the actions of his grandfather Rudolf, the longest-serving commander of the Auschwitz death camp. Eloquent and unwavering, Hoess became a sensation, and outlets such as CNN and the Wall Street Journal prominently featured his reckoning with his family’s legacy. Eva Mozes Continue Reading »

In Shanghai, a refuge for Jews fleeing Nazi Europe

Posted on July 29, 2020

75 years ago, American troops entered Shanghai to help liberate the city from the Japanese. Surprised upon being told there was a Jewish ghetto in the city, they prepared for the worst. Like the rest of the world, they had watched the ghastly scenes of allied liberators stumbling upon concentration camps and ghettos in Europe Continue Reading »

AJR Virtual Event: Join Us!

Posted on July 24, 2020

Join us and our partners at the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) next Wednesday, July 29 at 11 a.m. ET | 4 p.m. GMT+1 as they host a virtual forum highlighting the work of the Claims Conference and WJRO! Come hear from the new President of the Claims Conference, Gideon Taylor, as he shares his vision for the Continue Reading »

Former concentration camp guard, 93, gets suspended sentence as accessory to murder of 5,230

Posted on July 24, 2020

  BERLIN (JTA) – In likely one of the last such trials, a 93-year-old former concentration camp guard was given a two-year suspended sentence on Thursday – a decision that the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s chief Nazi hunter is calling a travesty. A Hamburg court found Bruno Dey guilty as an accessory in the murders of Continue Reading »

Eagles’ DeSean Jackson accepts invitation to visit Auschwitz from Holocaust survivor

Posted on July 13, 2020

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson accepted an invitation from a Holocaust survivor to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp after a Zoom meeting. Earlier this month, the 33-year-old Jackson published a series of anti-Semitic posts to his Instagram, including a quotation attributed to Adolf Hitler. Jackson apologized multiple times, and the Eagles released a statement that called the posts “appalling.”  Edward Continue Reading »

Auschwitz museum says preserved historic site is different from statues honoring controversial figures

Posted on July 9, 2020

(JTA) — The Auschwitz Memorial and Museum waded into the current debate over tearing down statues of historical figures, noting that there’s a difference between preserving a historic site and statues meant to honor historic figures. “We can see a lot of ‘Auschwitz’ mentions recently,” the museum tweeted on Sunday. “Remember that a preserved historic site does Continue Reading »

Kansas paper equates orders to wear corona masks with Holocaust

Posted on July 6, 2020

Anderson County Review slammed for posting repulsive political cartoon equating Kansas governor’s order to use masks for corona protection with Nazis ordering Jews into cattle cars.  A small local Kansas news website is under fierce criticism Sunday after posting a political cartoon that likened the Democratic governor’s order requiring Kansas state residents to wear face Continue Reading »

With no tourists in Amsterdam, locals are discovering the Anne Frank House

Posted on July 2, 2020

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Under normal circumstances, the queue to enter the Anne Frank House stretches far along this capital city’s Prinsengracht canal.  Tourists who had booked their visit at least two months in advance – the only way to guarantee entry — line up at assigned time slots to see the former hiding place of the world’s Continue Reading »

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