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My Grandparents Were Victimized by Nazis. Why Am I Afraid to Call Myself the Grandson of a Survivor?

While I know the history of pain my Ashkenazi friends’ grandparents endured, they don’t know mine.

From Khojaly Massacre Survivor to AJC: Thank You!

Last week, the American Jewish Committee (AJC), one of the world’s oldest Jewish advocacy organizations, posted the following on its Twitter page: “This week, we...

The Baker Episode Twenty-One: The love of Ernie’s life, revealed

PREVIOUSLY: Ernie finally finds a woman he can live with. Customers? Not so much. On a recent day, Marika is busy in the kitchen as...

The Baker: Episode Twenty

For Ernie, the first years in Lake Tahoe were marked by frequent trips back to Israel and Eastern Europe in search of answers to...

The Baker: Episode Nineteen 

The “closed” sign in the window of Ernie’s International Pastries flips to “open.”  Moments later, the 91-year-old proprietor shuffles gingerly through the kitchen, looking dapper...

Cancer Survivor Returns to Compete in ‘Survivor: Winners at War’

In 2001, Ethan Zohn won $1million on “Survivor: Africa.” Nearly two decades later, he’s back for “Survivor: Winners at War,” competing against 20 other...

Much More Than a Number

I am not good with numbers. I barely made it through high school algebra. Yet there is one number I will never forget — a...

The Baker: Chapter Nine

When the war ended in 1945, Ernie returned to the only home he knew: Lucenec.  He took the train, walking the last 20 miles on foot,...

The Baker: Chapter Eight

One day a few years ago, Ernie called his son Morde, who works as a self-employed limousine driver in the Bay Area. The brief discussion...

Delegation of Karabakh Survivors Embraced in Los Angeles

This past week has been a whirlwind of experience and emotion. On November 10, I traveled from Baku to Los Angeles for one week,...

The Baker: Chapter Seven

At last, in 1945, the Allied forces had the Germans on the run. Knowing the end was near, the Nazis forced the men from Ernie’s...

Holocaust Survivor Reflects on Childhood Friend Anne Frank in New Book

Ninety-two-year-old shoah survivor Laureen Nussbaum is finally sharing her story of survival in “Shedding Our Stars: The Story of Hans Calmeyer and How He...

The Baker: Chapter Five

PREVIOUSLY: World War Two begins and baker Ernie Feld is herded onto a train in his hometown with other Jewish prisoners -- to where...

The Baker: A Bittersweet Life

Hello, Jewish Journal blog reader. Come along for a wild ride into the life and times of a Jewish baker who made his mark on...

Actress Inspired by Holocaust Survivor in Armenian Genocide Play ‘Beast on the Moon’

History is filled with examples of memorable events that remind us how great humanity is. It’s also filled with events that reveal the dark...

Cancer Survivor Offers Comfort to Others

Caroline Rauchwarger, 95 Caroline Rauchwarger survived bladder cancer and for the past 17 years has volunteered at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (where she underwent her...

Holocaust Survivor Inspires in ‘Reinventing Rosalee’

By any measure, Rosalee Glass has led a tough life. Born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1917, she and her husband, Abraham, were forced to...

Holocaust Survivor, Tefillin Reunited

It’s not uncommon to hear miraculous reunion stories involving Holocaust survivors. They usually revolve around finding long-lost family members or friends. However, the story...

A Woman of Unshakable Faith

Ahava Emunah Lange was diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer in 2012. In the years since, she has tried a vast array of treatments, ranging...

After Grieving for Pittsburgh, I Witnessed Thousand Oaks

This was the “next time.” Words fail, but words right now are all I can muster. We were on the dance floor, in the middle of...

Survivors Lya Frank and Elly Rubin: Former hidden children ‘have a story to tell’

On the evening of April 18, 1943, as Lya and Elly Meijers were being bundled up by their parents, they were told, “You’re going...

[WATCH] When a former Nazi met a Holocaust survivor

Ursula Martens agrees to meet a Holocaust survivor. I feel like her fairy godmother. I will play village matchmaker and find her one. I’m playing...

Clara Knopfler: Side by side, daughter and mother faced horrors, found hope

Klara Deutsch was among the first survivors, along with her mother, Pepi, to return to her hometown of Cehul Silvaniei, Romania, in late April...

Survivor Tomas Kovar: Hiding in Slovakia, awaiting liberation

The Germans were coming. Nine-year-old Tomas Kohn, then living as Tomas Blaho, knew the drill. He headed to the front door of the cottage...

Kindertransport passenger shares a different kind of survivor story

It was not until a movie about the Kindertransport came out in 2000 that Ruth Moll began to consider herself a Holocaust survivor. Moll was...

Survivor Av Perlmutter: ‘Angel’ watched over him

“Where’s Adolf Perlmutter?” one of the German soldiers shouted, bursting into Suzanne Cohen’s house in Amsterdam in March 1943, rushing past a 15-year-old boy...

Who will tell survivors’ stories when they’re gone?

In the spring of 2011, David Benson, found himself walking with his grandmother, Holocaust survivor Sidonia Lax, down the “black path” that once led...

Stephen Smith’s quest to find survivor from Bergen-Belsen liberation film

Last summer, I watched the disturbingly iconic reel of black-and-white footage that revealed the shameful truth of Bergen-Belsen. The grainy footage, which many of us...

Survivor Celina Biniaz: The youngest of Schindler’s Jews

“Get in rows. March,” the block leader ordered the nearly 300 women in the Auschwitz barracks who had arrived from the Plaszow concentration camp...

Survivor Dana Schwartz: Dark past can’t hold back this ‘American girl’

“Don’t hug him. Don’t kiss him. Say goodbye like you hardly know him,” Lusia Schapira instructed her 7-year-old daughter, Dana (then Danusia), as they...

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"We also continued to prioritize the removal of content that violates our policy against hate groups."
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