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BEYOND THE WORLD WAR II WE KNOW For Some Holocaust Survivors, Even Liberation Was Dehumanizing

Posted on September 5, 2020

“If their eyes were mirrors, it seems I’m not far from dead.” After being freed by Allied troops, some former prisoners continued to be mistreated.   On April 10, 1945, the 84th Infantry Division liberated Hannover-Ahlem concentration camp. Confronted with walking skeletons and cadavers piled in bins, many service members cried and vomited. After inspecting the Continue Reading »

A Secret Diary Chronicled the ‘Satanic World’ That Was Dachau

Posted on September 5, 2020

The final article from “Beyond the World War II We Know,” a series by The Times that documents lesser-known stories from the war, remembers Edgar Kupfer-Koberwitz, a prisoner at Dachau who secretly documented everything he observed in the concentration camp in a diary, which he then buried until the American liberation. For two years, a Continue Reading »

The Pope, the Jews, and the Secrets in the Archives

Posted on September 2, 2020

Documents reveal the private discussions behind both Pope Pius XII’s silence about the Nazi deportation of Rome’s Jews in 1943 and the Vatican’s postwar support for the kidnapping of two Jewish boys whose parents had perished in the Holocaust. In early 1953, the photograph of a prominent nun being arrested was splashed across the front Continue Reading »

Holocaust Austria offers citizenship to the descendants of Jews who fled the Nazis

Posted on September 2, 2020

Tens of thousands of British citizens are among the many descendants of Jewish refugees who can apply for Austrian citizenship from Tuesday under a new law that campaigners say finally delivers a measure of historic justice for their ancestors’ expulsions under Nazi rule. About 120,000 Jewish refugees fled persecution after the Nazis took power in Austria in Continue Reading »

Lithuanian police holding activist who protested glorification of alleged Holocaust perpetrators

Posted on September 1, 2020

(JTA) — Lithuanian state police have arrested a university lecturer from Spain for criticizing the glorification of alleged Holocaust perpetrators, a fellow activist said. Miquel Puertas, who several years ago taught the language and history of his native Spain at the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, was arrested on Aug. 25 to be deported Continue Reading »

Posters glorifying Nazism hung at Arizona State U

Posted on September 1, 2020

https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/posters-glorifying-nazism-hung-at-arizona-state-u(JTA) — Posters glorifying Nazism were found on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University for the second time in less than a year. The posters, discovered on Sunday morning, read “Hitler was right,” “unity of our blood” and other comments deemed anti-Semitic, the Arizona Republic reported. Campus police removed the posters. The university is investigating Continue Reading »

Hundreds associated with anti-Semitic movement attempt to break into German parliament building

Posted on September 1, 2020

https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/hundreds-associated-with-anti-semitic-movement-attempt-to-break-into-german-parliament-building(JTA) — Several hundred protesters, some associated with an anti-Semitic movement, stormed through a group of police officers to the doors of Germany’s parliament building in Berlin before being removed by other officers. The demonstrators from the Reichsburger (Reich Citizens) movement were among some 38,000 people who showed up for a mostly peaceful rally Saturday to protest Continue Reading »

Japanese municipality holds benefit to commemorate savior of Jews

Posted on August 24, 2020

(JTA) — A municipality in Japan celebrated the 80th anniversary of the rescue of Jews by a local diplomat with a bake sale. The benefit, which began this week in Japan’s Gifu district, will continue until Sept. 10 and its proceeds will go toward commemorating Chiune Sugihara’s actions in Japan, Lithuania and beyond, Kyodo News reported Thursday. Continue Reading »

Waking up to the parallels between the American Indian Boarding School system and the Holocaust

Posted on August 24, 2020

As a grandchild of Holocaust survivors, I grew up hearing about the unfathomable conditions the Jews endured while in concentration camps or in hiding. I learned about the numbers tattooed on my Papa’s arm from Auschwitz, my Bubbie’s stories of caring for the younger girls in her camp, and why my mom never had her Continue Reading »

America’s Holocaust museums should mobilize for racial truth and reconciliation

Posted on August 19, 2020

When I was 19 years old, the small Holocaust museum in my hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana was firebombed. The arsonist spray-painted on the brick exterior the words “Remember Timmy McVeigh” — an homage to the perpetrator of the deadliest domestic terrorist attack in U.S. history. That museum was rebuilt, and a few years later Continue Reading »

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