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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Uber Eats Helps Deliver Passover Food to Holocaust Survivors in New York

The Met Council for Jewish Poverty and Uber Eats have teamed up to deliver kosher-for-Passover food to Holocaust survivors in New York who are staying home amid fears of contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Uber Eats delivery staff picked up 500 seder boxes on Monday and Tuesday from the Met Council distribution center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and…

Millions of Dollars Going to Holocaust Survivors for Coronavirus Help

BERLIN (AP) — Millions of dollars in additional funds are being made available to agencies around the world that provide aid to Holocaust survivors, whose advanced age and health issues makes them particularly vulnerable to the new coronavirus, the organization that handles claims on behalf of Jewish victims of the Nazis announced Monday.

The New…

Yad Vashem to Mark Remembrance Day With Global Name Reading From Home

Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial based in Jerusalem, is creating a global name-reading initiative to mark Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Since gathering for the annual national Yom Hashoah ceremony, and smaller community ceremonies are impossible this year, Yad Vashem is working to ensure that the names of Holocaust members are…

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Holocaust survivor delivers US House prayer noting 75th year of Auschwitz liberation

A 90-year-old rabbi who survived the Holocaust delivered the opening prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.

“As a young boy of 13 years, I was condemned to be dead, to be murdered, along with my entire family, and including my 3-year-old little sister, by one evil man, may his name be erased forever,” said Rabbi Avraham Hakohen…

Survivors return to Auschwitz 75 years after liberation

When more than 200 survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp gather there on Monday to mark 75 years since its liberation, many will do so for the last time.
Elderly survivors from the United States, Israel, Australia, South America, Russia, Slovenia and elsewhere were among presidents, prime ministers and royalty from across the globe at the…

80 Holocaust survivors celebrate bar, bat mitzvah at Western Wall

80 Holocaust survivors celebrated their bar or bat mitzvahs last week at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The survivors were unable to celebrate their bar or bat mitzvahs at the traditional age (13 for boys, 12 for girls) because of World War II.

The celebrations were conducted in collaboration with the “Perah L’Nitzul” project of the Social…

At Yad Vashem, German president says Germans haven’t learned lesson of Holocaust

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Thursday that his nation had not fully learned the lessons of the Holocaust, as Jew-hatred was still growing.

In an emotional speech at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Steinmeier reiterated that his country assumes full responsibility for the Nazi genocide of the Jewish people.

“The…

Most American adults don’t know 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, survey finds

Half of American adults are unaware of basic facts regarding Nazism and the Holocaust, including the number of Jews who were killed and how Nazis came to power.

Those are some of the findings of a new study by the Pew Research Center released on Tuesday, about a week ahead of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The study asked…

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Congressional delegation visits Auschwitz ahead of 75th anniversary of liberation

(January 22, 2020 / JNS) A congressional delegation, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), visited Auschwitz on Tuesday ahead of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp.

Pelosi laid a wreath at the “Death Wall” outside Block 11 at Auschwitz, where several thousand inmates were killed, most of…