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Latvia grants Holocaust restitution — while insisting it’s not at fault

Posted on October 11, 2021

(JTA) — Latvia’s parliament voted to pay $46 million to the country’s Jewish community for property that was stolen from it during the Holocaust from individuals with no surviving legal heirs. The Holocaust restitution law passed last week by the Saeima, Latvia’s parliament, in Riga states that the country is not to blame for the Continue Reading »

U.S. Holocaust Museums Are Updating Content and Context

Posted on October 11, 2021

Many organizations are now trying to reach wider and younger audiences, and to tackle topics beyond the Holocaust. With an urgency to preserve memory and modernize as the remaining Holocaust survivors enter their 80s and 90s, at least half a dozen Holocaust museums are being built, plan to break ground or have recently expanded, with Continue Reading »

Unsung Dutchman who saved as many as 10,000 Jews during the Holocaust is finally getting his due

Posted on October 9, 2021

When ordinary people who have no intentions of making history step up to do the right thing, it reminds us that we all have the ability to be heroes. Jan Zwartendijk, a company man who risked the life of his wife and three children to help Jewish people flee to freedom during World War II, Continue Reading »

Ukrainians unearth hiding places of Jews in city sewers during Nazi Holocaust

Posted on October 9, 2021

LVIV, Ukraine, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Under cobblestone streets in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, diggers have uncovered new hiding spots in underground sewers where some Jews managed to flee from Nazi occupying forces during World War Two. More than 100,000 Jews, or around one third of the city’s population at the time, were Continue Reading »

Germany to Expand Group of Holocaust Survivors Receiving Monthly Stipends

Posted on October 9, 2021

Holocaust survivors who lived through the siege of Leningrad, about 2,000 of whom now live in Israel, will be eligible for the 375 euros a month stipend Jewish Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, popularly known as the Claims Conference, said Holocaust survivors who lived through the siege of Leningrad, who hid in Nazi-occupied Continue Reading »

The ‘Spanish Schindler’ saved 5,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Now Spain wants to find their descendants.

Posted on October 9, 2021

MADRID (JTA) — In an unprecedented effort to find their relatives and raise awareness about their stories, Spanish authorities are releasing a list of the Hungarian Jews protected from the Nazis by a diplomat nicknamed the “Spanish Schindler.” Ángel Sanz Briz was recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust memorial and museum, in 1966 for Continue Reading »

The man who’s seen more than 400 Holocaust movies — almost every one ever made — has some takeaways

Posted on October 9, 2021

(JTA) — At least 440 narrative films have been made about the Holocaust — and Rich Brownstein has seen just about every single one of them. As a lecturer on Holocaust film for Yad Vashem’s international school, Brownstein has both a personal and professional interest in viewing and cataloguing so many depictions of Jewish suffering.  Continue Reading »

Alleged Nazi-era war criminal, 96, caught in Germany after skipping trial

Posted on October 1, 2021

(JTA) — Police in Germany arrested a 96-year-old suspected war criminal after she failed to show up for the first day of her trial. The woman, Irmgard Furchner, was indicted in February for complicity in the murders of 10,000 people at Stutthof, a camp in occupied Poland where she served as a secretary during World War Continue Reading »

80 years after Babyn Yar Holocaust massacre, a German lawyer seeks trial for last living alleged perpetrator

Posted on October 1, 2021 (JTA) — Eighty years ago, a ravine in the north of what is now Ukraine’s capital city turned into a bloodbath as Nazis, aided by local collaborators, shot tens of thousands of Jews to death. For two days at the end of September 1941, Ukrainian collaborators brought more than 33,000 Jews to the hills Continue Reading »

Holocaust Survivors Welcomed in 5782 With a Virtual Concert

Posted on October 1, 2021

On Sept. 2, 275 Holocaust survivors welcomed the Jewish New Year a few days early with a delicious kosher lunch catered by Fleischman Residence and a virtual concert with Cantor Zachary Mondrow that more than 40 participants joined via Uber Conference, Uniper and Zoom. This joint program of Jewish Family Service and the Program for Continue Reading »

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