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Jewish historian refuses award from Polish government’s history institute, saying it suppresses Holocaust research

Posted on November 17, 2021

WARSAW (JTA) — Jewish American historian Eliyana Adler refused to accept an award worth $19,000 from the Polish government’s Pilecki Institute, arguing that it suppresses work by “historians who strive to show the complex and indeed tragic aspects of Poland’s wartime past.”

Jewish historian refuses award from Polish government’s history institute, saying it suppresses Holocaust research

Posted on November 17, 2021

WARSAW (JTA) — Jewish American historian Eliyana Adler refused to accept an award worth $19,000 from the Polish government’s Pilecki Institute, arguing that it suppresses work by “historians who strive to show the complex and indeed tragic aspects of Poland’s wartime past.”

Paris court hands life sentence to murderer of Holocaust survivor

Posted on November 11, 2021

(JTA) — A French court sentenced a man to life in prison for what it termed the antisemitic murder of a Holocaust survivor in Paris in 2018. The murderer of Mirelle Knoll, Yacine Mihoub, will be eligible for parole in 22 years, according to the ruling Wednesday by the Criminal Tribunal of Paris, AFP reported. Continue Reading »

In UK poll, most respondents don’t know how many Jews perished in the Holocaust

Posted on November 10, 2021

(JTA) — In a survey among 2,000 adult Britons, 52% did not seem to know how many Jews died in the Holocaust and 22% couldn’t name a single concentration camp. The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, or Claims Conference, on Wednesday published the results of the survey, which it had conducted in the United Kingdom Continue Reading »

On 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, Austria dedicates new memorial to murdered Jews

Posted on November 10, 2021

(November 9, 2021 / JNS) On the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht and in a clear gesture that it is finally taking public responsibility for its past, the government of Austria unveiled the Shoah Wall of Names Memorial, its first public Holocaust memorial. Located in Ostarrichi Park in the center of Vienna, it pays tribute to the 64,440 Austrian Jewish Continue Reading »

A Holocaust survivor’s visit to her childhood home transports her to the past

Posted on November 10, 2021

(November 9, 2021 / JNS) Standing in the foyer of her childhood home at Reilstraße 18 in Halle, Germany, nonagenarian Eve Kugler recalled fleeing her hometown soon after Kristallnacht when she was a young girl. Now, 83 years later, her small frame further accentuated by the towering doorway, she was, if even for a moment, both 90- and Continue Reading »

Decimated in the Holocaust, a Norwegian Jewish community revives

Posted on November 9, 2021

The Jewish community in Bergen — Norway’s second largest city — was decimated during World War II, when Nazis murdered 750 of Norway’s 1,700 Jews. But now Jewish life in Bergen has returned — officially. Bergen Jews created a new organization, Det Jødiske Samfunn i Bergen, last year, and the city recognized it in December. Continue Reading »

A 94-year-old Holocaust survivor makes her feature film debut – and a new star is born

Posted on November 9, 2021

It is rare, I think, to leap from making matzoh balls to making movies. But it is even rarer, I imagine, to land the leap with élan. Yet this is the accomplishment of “Trop d’amour,” a film by a young French actress and filmmaker, Frankie Wallach, starring her grandmother Julia Wallach, the maker of kneidlach Continue Reading »

My German-Jewish grandmother’s childhood autograph book survived the Holocaust. It is one of the few that did.

Posted on November 8, 2021

(JTA) — In 1916, in the picturesque German village of Heinebach, a 14-year-old girl named Elisabeth Schmidtkunz penned a sweet message in her classmate Jenny Katz’s autograph book. “Jenny! Get to know people,” wrote Elisabeth. “People are changeable. Some who call you a friend today, might talk about you tomorrow! With love from your classmate, Continue Reading »

18 Year Old Spanish Fascist Receives German Nazi Scholarship

Posted on November 3, 2021

The 18-year-old Isabel Peralta has since received a ten-month scholarship in Dusseldorf “to learn techniques for propaganda and combat.” The host is the German neo-Nazi group, “Der III Weg” (the Third Way). Since Peralta’s arrival, the group has organized “citizen patrols” to intimidate political refugees in Brandenburg. The group has published its actions: “Well equipped, Continue Reading »

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