Thursday, May 28, 2020


world war 2

95-Year-Old WWII Veteran Dies Returning Home from ‘Honor Flight’

WWII veteran Frank Manchel, of San Diego, died May 5 at the age of 95 while traveling home from an ‘Honor Flight’ trip to...

Einstein Letter on Jewish Solidarity Gets Top Bid

A letter by Albert Einstein, citing Jewish solidarity as the only weapon of self-defense by a persecuted people, has been auctioned off for a...

The ‘Why?’ exchange, part 1: On trying to explain the Holocaust

Peter Hayes is professor of history and German and Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor of Holocaust Studies Emeritus at Northwestern University and...

Iranian regime’s propaganda use of Jews would make Goebbels proud

Two weeks ago, the Associated Press reported that roughly two dozen Iranian Jews took part in a “pro-nuclear rally” at the United Nations office in Tehran. The report indicated that the Iranian Jews held Torahs in their arms and also signs in Hebrew and English proclaiming their support for the Iranian regime’s nuclear ambitions.

Suspected war criminal escapes extradition from Australia on legal technicality

Australia\'s highest court has ruled not to extradite suspected war criminal Charles Zentai to his native Hungary.

Australian court’s failure to extradite alleged ex-Nazi raises ire, questions

In a court ruling that is bringing new attention to Australia’s failure to prosecute alleged Nazi-era war criminals, the government will not surrender to Hungary the man believed to be the country’s last World War II war crimes suspect.

Amsterdam to name bridge for WWII savior of 350 Jewish children

The City of Amsterdam will name one of its last remaining nameless bridges for Pieter Meerburg, who saved 350 Jewish children during the Holocaust.

Survivor: Sol Berger

“Where are the dollars?” two plainclothes Gestapo officers demanded as they appeared without warning on both sides of Sol Berger. Sol denied any knowledge, even though the daughter of a local currency dealer was hovering nearby at the train station in Tarnow, Poland, holding the dollars he desperately needed to immigrate to Palestine.

Obama names seven to Holocaust memorial council

President Obama named or renamed seven members of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

Clinton: Remain vigilant against Holocaust denial

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Holocaust denial and Israel criticism that crosses into anti-Semitism require vigilance.

French president blames his country for WWII roundup of Jews

The roundup of thousands of Jews in Paris during World War II was a crime \"committed in France, by France,\" French President Francois Hollande said.

With Tony Curtis profile, docs shine at Jewish fest

For its opening night on May 3, the Jewish Film Festival appropriately returns to one of Hollywood’s golden ages and to one of its most celebrated Jewish stars, Bernie Schwartz, aka Tony Curtis.

Opinion: We are all here

“Mir zaynen do!” The Yiddish song, composed in the Vilna ghetto during World War II, is defiant. “We are here!” it thunders.

Jan Karski honored in Poland for WWII resistance work

The Polish Senate has posthumously honored World War II hero Jan Karski for his work in revealing details of the Nazi genocide taking place in Poland.

Clooney to chase Nazis in new film

George Clooney is expected to star in a film about U.S. and British art experts who tracked down Nazi-looted artworks, mainly from Jewish owners

Conference calls on Romania to acknowlege WWII war crimes

A conference focusing on Romania\'s Holocaust-era war crimes in Ukraine and Moldova called on Romania to acknowledge and apologize for the murder of hundreds of thousands of Jews.

Golda Meir wanted Allies to bomb Auschwitz

Golda Meir, the future Israeli prime minister, wanted the United States and its allies to bomb Auschwitz, researchers have learned.

WWII resistance heroine Nancy Wake dies

Nancy Wake, a New Zealand-born World War II heroine codenamed “The White Mouse” because of her ability to elude the Nazis, has died.

Wiesenthal Center: Will, not age, major obstacle in Nazi prosecutions

A lack of political will is more to blame than aging in the failure to prosecute Nazi-era war criminals, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said in an annual report. \"The lack of political will to bring Nazis war criminals to justice and/or to punish them continues to be the major obstacle to achieving justice, particularly in post-Communist Eastern Europe,\" said the center\'s report on on the Investigation and Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals released May 1. \"The campaign led by the Baltic countries to distort the history of the Holocaust and obtain official recognition that the crimes of Communism are equal to those of the Nazis is another major obstacle to the prosecution of those responsible for the crimes of the Shoah.\"

Letter from London: ‘An English Tragedy’ is timely on stage

In an atmosphere of increasing British anti-Semitism and vitriolic anti-Israel rhetoric in the left-wing press here, the play we\'re about to see, \"An English Tragedy,\" couldn\'t be more timely. Written by South African Jewish playwright and Oscar-winning screenwriter Ronald Harwood (\"The Pianist,\" \"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly\"), it is the story of John Amery, son of a Cabinet minister, who along with the infamous Lord Haw Haw made propaganda radio broadcasts for the Nazis that were beamed to England.

Hate in Translation

Book review of Matthais Kuntze\'s \"Jihad and Jew Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11\" (Telos Press, 2007).

Firsthand accounts bring WWII London ‘Blitz’ to life

There is no shortage of books, historical and fictional, on the bombing of London during World War II. Peter Stansky\'s new book, \"The First Day of the Blitz,\" combines history, political commentary and firsthand testimony in a compelling account.

Family’s tale recounts Libyan Jewish dispersion

The opening line from the documentary \"The Last Jews of Libya\" begins a nostalgic visit to an ill-fated community of 25,000 people living between the Mediterranean Sea and North African desert at the dawn of World War II. It\'s a story we know too well -- pious, successful and family-oriented Jews living in coexistence with their neighbors suddenly become targets of racial hatred and are ultimately expelled or destroyed. Once in the United States, the immigrants struggle to find their place within an American Jewish life rooted firmly in Eastern European culture.

Americans don’t forget Eastern Europe’s survivors

Galina\'s renewed sense of hope for her future -- for the chance to relax and to read and memorize her beloved poems about Victory Day -- comes as a result of the work of comedy director/producer Zane Buzby and the Survivor Mitzvah Project, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that brings direct financial assistance to about 700 elderly and ill Holocaust survivors in Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and Lithuania.

Books: Too fond of Jews

By the age of 26, Winston Churchill had fought in several wars, become a hero by daringly escaping prison during the Boer War, been elected to Parliament and written several popular books (including \"My Early Life,\" which dramatically recounts his escape). Already he was well on his way to becoming what we now know him to be, the most extraordinary character of the 20th century.

New Wiesenthal documentary recounts Nazi hunter’s turbulent life

\"I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal\" runs for close to two hours, but the documentary is barely long enough to encompass the 96 years of the legendary Nazi hunter.\n

Poland and the Jews: Is it time to stop hating the country when positive changes are transf

Many Jews still view Poland as the land of pogroms, persecution and prejudice; a terminally anti-Semitic and blood-drenched country where 3 million Jews were mercilessly murdered during World War II; a land dotted with death camps, desecrated cemeteries and deserted synagogues. What most Jews don\'t know is that Poland has changed radically over the past couple of decades, and these days, it is reaching out to Israel and to Jews --and not just socially, either.

1+1+1+1 … = 6 million

On April 11, I embarked on a journey back in time to one of the darkest chapters in human existence with the Los Angeles delegation of the March of the Living Program, sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education, an agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. I felt myself detaching from the comfort and security of my family and many of my friends.

Survivors blast Holocaust Museum over archive access restrictions

Holocaust survivors are venting their anger at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington over its decision not to allow immediate electronic access to the long-secret records of the International Tracing Service at Bad Arolsen, Germany.

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