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Memorial to Holocaust Victims Unveiled in Moldova

A new Holocaust memorial was unveiled in the ex-Soviet republic of Moldova this week on the site of a former Jewish ghetto.

The memorial in the city of Cahul — in the south of the landlocked nation that is sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine — was the site of mass executions of Jews during the Nazi Holocaust. The massacres in the ghetto were…

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Greek Woman Reunited With Siblings She Saved During Holocaust and Their 40 Descendants

“There is no way to describe the acts of heroism and the danger they took upon themselves and all those around them to shelter an entire family,” said Sarah Yanai upon reuniting with the Greek woman who, along with her two sisters, hid her and five other members of her family during the Holocaust.

“The feeling is very emotional and very exciting….

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Banknote Helps Holocaust Survivor Reunite With Soldier Who Liberated Her

The great-grandson of Auschwitz survivor Lily Ebert, Dov Forman, 16, shared an interesting story about how the family’s matriarch reunited with the soldier who liberated her.

Forman said that his great-grandmother showed him an Allied military authorities’ (Alliierte Militärbehörde) banknote inscribed with a hopeful message. A message that also…

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Memorial Dedicated to Albanians Who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust

A memorial to Albanians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, established jointly by the US and Albania, was dedicated on Thursday, with the US ambassador to Albania calling the country’s legacy of rescuing Jews “an inspiring story of humanity, courage, and honor.”

The memorial in the Grand Park of Tirana was established by the US Commission for…

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Construction Begins on First Public Monument to All Austria’s Holocaust Victims

Construction began on the first public monument naming all Austrian victims of the Holocaust on Monday. The monument will list all 64,259 Austrian Jews who lost their lives to Nazi atrocities, and is scheduled to be completed next spring.

Despite being the country where Adolf Hilter was born, Austria has long had issues confronting its…

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Portugal’s Parliament Recognizes Consul Who Saved Thousands From Nazis

Portugal’s parliament unanimously approved a bill last week to posthumously honor former Bordeaux Consul General Aristides de Sousa Mendes with a disembodied tomb at the National Pantheon. Mendes is credited with saving thousands of lives, including approximately 10,000 Jews, by directly disobeying orders and issuing thousands of visas to those…

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Portugal Finally Recognizes Consul Who Saved Thousands From Holocaust

Eighty years ago, a middle-aged, mid-ranking diplomat sank into deep depression and watched his hair turn grey in days, as he saw the streets of Bordeaux filling with Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis.
As Portugal’s consul in Bordeaux, Aristides de Sousa Mendes faced a moral dilemma. Should he obey government orders or listen to his own conscience…

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Evidence of ‘Second Japanese Schindler’ Found in US

New evidence has emerged of another high-ranking Japanese official to be involved in the rescue of Jews during World War II via issuing transit visas those escaping persecution from Nazi Germany to pass through Japan, according to a report from the English-language Japanese daily The Mainichireleased in late May

Saburo Nei (1902-92), who was…

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Supreme Court Expected to Rule on Whether to Hear Case of Nazi-Stolen Art

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on hearing a case about a German arts museum and whether or not a treasure trove, known as the “Guelph Treasure,” should be returned to the heirs of four Jewish art dealers in Germany. The dealers have argued that they were forced to sell it to the Nazi-controlled Prussian government in 1935 in what they…

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Veteran Affairs: Nazis ‘Don’t Have a Place’ Next to Fallen American Heroes

Following the discovery of three German POW tombstones found in military cemeteries across the United States, inscribed with Nazi symbols and sentiments – two at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in Texas and one at Fort Douglas Post Cemetery in Utah – ABC News’ Johnathan Elias decided to sit down with the Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert…

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Texas Holocaust Survivor Celebrates 100th Birthday With Drive-By Car Parade

A Holocaust survivor in Texas was surprised with a parade of drive-by visitors on Sunday in honor of his 100th birthday.

A procession of cars and visitors — who were practicing social distancing and wearing masks — drove by Heinz Wallach’s home to help him celebrate the milestone.

The parade was organized by his daughter, Tamar Leventhal, with…

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Man Who Spent His Life Hunting Down Stolen Nazi Art Dies From COVID-19

David Toren, 94, a retired patent lawyer who made it his life’s mission to recover stolen art looted from his family by the Nazis, died from complications surrounding the novel coronavirus.

 In 2014, Toren sued Germany and the state of Bavaria, with a court in Washington DC Bavaria’s Justice Ministry, for the return of paintings he says were…

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Holocaust Survivor, 99, Recovers from COVID-19; Her Husband Died from It

A 99-year-old woman who survived the Holocaust has now also overcome the COVID-19 illness after a month of hospitalization, Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center confirmed Monday.

“Thank you everyone, I just want to get home,” said Sara Itzinger after being discharged from the hospital, the Ynet news site reported.

Her husband, Zvi Herschel…

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Sen. Lee Holding Up Widely Supported Holocaust Education Bill

Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah) has placed a hold on legislation meant to expand Holocaust education programs, angering supporters in the pro-Israel community who say the bill was on track to be approved before hitting this roadblock.

The legislation, which was set for approval amid commemorations of May’s Jewish American Heritage Month, would improve…

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Celebrities Raise Funds for Meals to Holocaust Survivors Homebound in New York

A group of celebrities helped fundraise on Tuesday to deliver meals for Holocaust survivors living in New York City who cannot leave their home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The group included New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman; actor and singer Skylar Astin; NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas; and actress Dolores Catania.

They…

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On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Data Shows 189,500 Survivors Live in Israel

On the eve of Israel’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Finance Ministry’s Holocaust Survivors Rights Authority stated there were 189,500 survivors currently living in Israel.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there were to be no public ceremonies to mark the occasion, and the main official memorial was filmed in advance at the…

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‘At This Time, Our Mission is to Protect Holocaust Survivors’

Amid Israel’s battle against the coronavirus epidemic, the Israel Defense Forces has a special mission to protect Holocaust survivors, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi said on Monday.

In the introduction of a message to all IDF personnel ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins on Monday evening, Kochavi wrote:

“When the soldiers…

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Germany Marks Liberation of Bergen-Belsen Nazi Camp as Memorial Event Canceled

Germany held a minute’s silence on Wednesday to mark 75 years since the Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration camp was liberated, after planned commemorations were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Stephan Weil, Lower Saxony state premier, called on residents to observe the silence to remember the liberation on April 15, 1945, urging them…