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German Soccer Team Blasted over Auschwitz Visit

Germany’s Jewish community was furious Sunday, after only three members of Germany’s national soccer team visited the Auschwitz death camp on Friday. The team travelled to Poland in the run up to the Euro 2012 soccer championship. President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, on Sunday criticized the German Football Association (DFB), [...]

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‘The Anti-Semite’ Banned from Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes film festival has cancelled the screening of a new film, titled “The Anti-Semite,” by controversial French comedian Dieudonne, himself a notorious anti-Semite. The film, which was produced by the Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center and also known as “Yahod Setiz,” was not scheduled to be shown at the Cannes festival proper but [...]

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Excruciating Details Emerge on Jewish Ghettos

Even after decades of in-depth Holocaust research, excruciating details are only now emerging about more than 1,100 German-run ghettos in Eastern Europe where the Nazis murdered hundreds of thousands of Jews. And there were about 200 more ghettos than previously believed, said Martin Dean, editor of the recently published “Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945, [...]

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Arno Lustiger, Historian and Holocaust Survivor, Dies at 88

Arno Lustiger, a Holocaust survivor and historian who put a spotlight on Jewish resistance against the Nazis, died on Tuesday in Frankfurt, Germany, aged 88. Lustiger’s “greatest contribution for all time” was in “rescuing from oblivion the story of Jewish resistance in the Shoah,” Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, [...]

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Lost Sketches of Holocaust Survivor Rescued From Obscurity

Members of the Berlin Philharmonic will perform at the opening of an exhibition at New York University showcasing portraits of Auschwitz survivor, David Friedman, New York City public radio station WNYC reported. In the 1920s, David Friedman worked in Berlin as a “press artist,” who drew pictures of politicians and other prominent personalities to accompany [...]

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Evan Kaufmann - Jewish Hockey Player for Germany

More than 65 years ago, Evan Kaufmann’s great-grandparents were murdered in the Auschwitz death camp. Now he is taking the ice for the German national hockey team. Following a successful hockey career at the University of Minnesota, Kaufmann tried out for several professional clubs in the United States before being advised by his agent that [...]

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Over 60,000 use Auschwitz Memorial Page

Over 60,000 people from around the world already use the official page of the Auschwitz Memorial on Facebook. “In this manner, historical information reaches all users several times a week; frequently, it refers to specific people, particular facts from the history of the Auschwitz camp, as well as the short accounts of witnesses,” explains Paweł [...]

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Auschwitz Survivor’s Jewish Grandson Evan Kaufmann Plays For Germany’s National Hockey Team

One year ago today I waited in line to enter the Reichstag. The moment wasn’t lost on me. Almost seventy years prior, the Nazi government made every effort to wipe my people off the face of this earth. And there I was, with a dozen other American rabbis, about to walk into the historic Berlin [...]

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Holocaust orphan finds new relatives

Holocaust orphan finds new relatives

The phone at the Hecht home in Rehovot hasn’t stopped ringing. The family has been receiving exciting reactions from all across the globe ever since Ynet published Martin Hecht’s story as part of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s “Remember Me” project, which aims to locate 1,100 orphaned children who survived the Holocaust. “People have [...]

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Austria donates $8M to Auschwitz fund

Austria’s parliament has authorized a donation of €6 million ($8 million) toward helping to renovate a memorial to Holocaust victims who died at Auschwitz. The death camp in Poland was the most infamous of the string of death camps set up by Germany’s Nazis. More than one million people, most of the Jews, died there, [...]

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Great Women, Cut Short

Today I’m recovering from my annual Worst Cold Ever, trying to take it easy with a book and hot chai — and I’m angry. The book I’m reading is Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky, written in pencil in tiny cramped handwriting on the pages of a worn notebook while she was hiding from the Nazis [...]

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Auschwitz Thief Expresses Regret, Resigns from City Hall Job

An Israeli who stole items from the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland has identified himself and resigned from his high-ranking city hall job. However, he insists he is not a thief, rather a person looking for items that carried sentimental value. Motti Poslushni, 60, and his wife Dominique, 57, were caught on [...]

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Ukraine to mark Holocaust Day

By a large majority, the Ukrainian parliament has decided to turn International Holocaust Remembrance Day into an official commemoration day in the country, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday. The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The parliament also decided to mark [...]

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Glenn Beck To Visit Auschwitz, Broadcast Special From Outside Town

Glenn Beck said Thursday that he will be visiting the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz in a visit to Poland, and he’ll broadcast a special from a town outside of the camp because this will help him “figure out,” he says, “how did this happen?” “I’m going over to Poland in a couple of weeks [...]

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Opinion: Hatred Turns Bobov Shul Zoning Into Battle In Montreal

The young Hasidic mother sat on her porch Tuesday afternoon waiting for the school bus to drop off her son. Her smiling three-year-old daughter sucked on a purple freezie. “When I walk in the street,” the woman said, “I feel a hatred in the air.” Next door, her elderly neighbour sat wearing an identical pink [...]

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Rape and the Holocaust

Recently on Jewniverse we featured information about Dr. Gisella Perl, a gynecologist who provided abortions to women in Auschwitz who would otherwise have been killed. One of the rather obvious implications here is that women were being raped in the camps. Some undoubtedly arrived pregnant, but others did not. Amazingly, there have never been any English studies [...]

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After Theft, Auschwitz Sign Won’t Go Back To Gate

An international council that oversees Auschwitz-Birkenau has decided that the notorious sign that once spanned the main gate at Auschwitz will not return to its original spot after being repaired from the damage it suffered during a 2009 theft. The sign bearing the Nazis’ cynical slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Sets You Free) will instead [...]

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Man Took Piece of Wire from Auschwitz Gate Arrested at Airport

This morning, at the airport in Balice near Krakow, the border guards arrested a Frenchman, whose luggage contained a piece of wire stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. The Frenchman confessed to guards that he took the wire as a souvenir. The investigation will now be taken over by the police in [...]

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Auschwitz sign repaired after 2009 theft

The notorious sign spanning Auschwitz’s main gate, which was stolen and cut into pieces in a 2009 heist, has been welded back together and restored almost to its previous condition, officials said Wednesday. Conservation workers at the site of the former Nazi death camp said they have worked for nearly a year and a half [...]

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Amsterdam ‘Jewish Houses’ project hits home

Millions of tourists have visited the cramped quarters where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis while writing the diary that so powerfully conveyed the horror of the Holocaust. This week I discovered a link shockingly close to home: It turns out I live in a building − and have lived in the very apartment − [...]

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Is Gene Simmons Jewish?

Yes rock superstar Gene Simmons is a Jew. The Jerusalem Post reports that he is visiting Israel: “Kiss rocker Gene Simmons back in Israel after 51 years,” by David Brinn. The Israeli-born superstar calls boycotting artists “idiots,” says “there ain’t no place like Israel on Earth.” 52 years after leaving Israel as the impoverished nine-year-old [...]

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US Could Have Helped Jews During World War II

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on Thursday rebuffed US criticism about the restitution of Jewish property seized after World War II, saying that Americans should have put their concerns into action during the war. “If the United States wanted to do something for Polish Jews, then a good moment would have been 1943-44, when most of [...]

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Yad Vashem and Google partner to preserve and share Holocaust archives

The Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem and Google have announced a partnership to put the world’s largest collection of Holocaust documents onto the Internet in order to preserve and access these archives. The announcement came Wednesday, on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27 marking the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi extermination [...]

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Memorial built at site of Auschwitz oven builders

Memorial built at site of Auschwitz oven builders

A memorial site and educational center to open this week on International Holocaust Remembrance Day documents the role played by a German maker of crematoria in the mass execution of Europe’s Jews and others. Hitler’s top men dreamed up the horrors of the Holocaust, but without the support of German engineers and industrialists like Topf [...]

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Hatzolah of Los Angeles adds 3rd Ambulance to its fleet

Hatzolah of Los Angeles has put it’s 3rd ambulance into service. This ambulance was donated by Mr. Alex and Eva Friedman in memory of their friends and neighbors in Kiskufelgyhaza , Hungary that were killed in Auschwitz in 1944. In August of 2009 Hatzolah of Los Angeles began transporting patients in the Hancock Park neighborhood [...]

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Germany gives $80 million to fix Auschwitz memorial

Germany gives $80 million to fix Auschwitz memorial

Germany pledged Wednesday to pay 60 million euros ($80 million) over the next year into a fund for Auschwitz-Birkenau to preserve the barracks, gas chambers and other evidence of Nazi crimes at the former death camp, some of which are deteriorating to the point of collapse. Germany is the largest of several countries contributing to [...]

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Auschwitz or Masada: Is it time to choose again?

Auschwitz or Masada: Is it time to choose again?

On a hot October day in 2010, my wife and I stood atop Masada during a tour of the Holy Land. While our guide told us that most dramatic story of the 960 Jewish Zealots, tears ran down my cheeks. We had just come from the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem where we witnessed the [...]

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Auschwitz museum creates online Holocaust course

Auschwitz museum creates online Holocaust course

Museum authorities at the site of the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Wednesday said they were launching an online study programme to teach people about the Holocaust. Museum spokesman Pawel Sawicki told AFP that the pilot project would begin Thursday, and would be divided into two parts. One will examine the broad history [...]

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History timeline of Jewish life in Poland

1098 Information about the Jews in Poland has began to be publicize in Polish chronicles 1170 Warsaw Jews administered the Polish mint. Many coins had Hebrew inscriptions. 1203 Jews were granted freedom to have their own land in Galicia. 1264 The General Charter of Jewish Liberties known as the Statute of Kalisz was issued by [...]

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Flotilla activist: ‘Go back to Auschwitz’

Flotilla activist: 'Go back to Auschwitz'

A BBC investigation into the fatal raid on a Turkish ship by Israeli soldiers has revealed that an activist shouted “Go back to Auschwitz” after being told five times not to proceed ,and most of the medicines being transported to the Gaza Strip were out of date. On Panorama’s Death In The Med, which aired [...]

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