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Most Americans lack some basic knowledge about Holocaust — poll

Just over half of American adults are familiar with the number of Jews killed during the Holocaust, and even fewer know that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler came to power democratically, according to a survey on the state of Holocaust education released Tuesday.

The poll of 1,004 American adults, published by the American Jewish Committee days ahead…

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Bipartisan bill awards Congressional Gold Medal to last living Nuremberg prosecutor

U.S. Reps. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) on Thursday were joined by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in announcing their bipartisan bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Benjamin Ferencz, the last living Nuremberg trials prosecutor.

Over the course of his life,…

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Bucking regional denial, UAE to include Holocaust in school curricula

The United Arab Emirates is taking major steps to combat a regional culture of Holocaust denial in the wake of the 2020 Abraham Accords that normalized its relations with Israel.

Once entirely absent from the learning materials of children in the UAE — which also blacked out Israel from world maps and globes — the Holocaust is now set to be…

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Chilling, newly discovered photos show Nazi Kristallnacht up close

Harrowing, previously unseen images from 1938’s Kristallnacht pogrom against German and Austrian Jews have surfaced in a photograph collection donated to Israel’s Yad Vashem memorial, the organization said Wednesday.

One shows a crowd of smiling, well-dressed middle-aged German men and women standing casually as a Nazi officer smashes a…

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Holocaust Remembrance Day: Israel to commemorate victims of Nazi genocide

04/07/2021

Israel will once again commemorate the greatest calamity to befall the Jewish people in 2,000 years on Wednesday night and Thursday as the country marks Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The official state opening ceremony for Holocaust Remembrance Day will take place at 8:00 p.m. in Yad Vashem’s Warsaw Ghetto Square on the Mount of…

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Luxembourg To Compensate Holocaust Victims

01/27/2021

The Luxembourg government is set to sign a historic agreement on Wednesday to pay reparations to Holocaust survivors, return Jewish property to its rightful owners and preserve the history of the local Jews who were persecuted during the German occupation.

The agreement had been formulated over the last year during the expeditious…

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Auschwitz Survivors Mark Anniversary of Liberation

01/27/2021

Marian Turski, a 94-year-old survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, will mark the 76th anniversary of its liberation by Soviet troops on Wednesday only virtually, aware that he might never return as the coronavirus pandemic drags on.

Survivors and museum officials told Reuters they fear the pandemic could end the era where…

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Facebook Introduces Holocaust Fact Check Box To Combat Growing Online Denial

01/27/2021
Users will see a box labeled ‘Learning About the Holocaust’ when they search for related terms

Internet users who search for information about the Holocaust on Facebook will now be prompted to visit a website on the attempted annihilation curated by the World Jewish Congress and UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific…

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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…