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Lithuanian lawmaker who blamed Jews for Holocaust quits parliament’s memorial commission

Posted on February 2, 2021

(JTA) — A Lithuanian lawmaker who had suggested that Jews share the blame for the Holocaust resigned as chair of the parliament’s historical memory commission. Valdas Rakutis faced criticism over his comments, made during a speech in parliament on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, including a rare rebuke from the U.S. ambassador. Rakutis cited his desire to “reduce Continue Reading »

Daughter of couple who hid Jews at Warsaw Zoo dies

Posted on February 2, 2021

(JTA) — The daughter of a Polish couple who rescued Jews by hiding them at Warsaw’s zoo has died. Teresa Zabinska-Zawadzki died Sunday at the age of 77, the Warsaw Zoo wrote on Facebook. The statement did not specify the cause of death. She was born in 1943 at the zoo when Warsaw was occupied by Nazi Germany.

Concentration Camps in Scotland

Posted on January 31, 2021

A little-known network of concentration camps operated in Scotland during World War II. The Jewish prisoners were beaten and starved. Some were chained in their cells; at least one inmate was shot by a guard on a seeming whim. It was the early 1940s and the Holocaust was raging across Europe. Anti-Semitic soldiers who’d fought Continue Reading »

Amazon removes 92 books promoting Holocaust denial

Posted on January 30, 2021

Amazon has removed 92 books promoting Shoah denial, sparking praise from Jewish groups ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day. The tech giant faced growing public pressure on the issue in recent years. It has now taken down scores of volumes across 17 countries and more than 850 hyperlinks.    Material no longer sold on the platform Continue Reading »

Benny Gantz: My Holocaust survivor mother made me a better general

Posted on January 28, 2021

(JTA) — I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that 2020 was one of the toughest years that the world has endured in recent history. On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I reflect on the lessons I learned from my parents, both Holocaust survivors, who taught me the capacity for both evil and Continue Reading »

In first, Luxembourg offers $1.2 million in symbolic compensation to noncitizen Holocaust victims

Posted on January 28, 2021

(JTA) — The government of Luxembourg, which for decades has avoided paying Holocaust restitution to most of its survivors for property they lost, has agreed to pay $1.2 million in symbolic compensation. On Wednesday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the grand duchy signed an agreement with the World Jewish Restitution Organization and the local Jewish community that will Continue Reading »

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 »

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