Auschwitz 75 years later: Universal lessons

The World Holocaust Forum 2020, Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism, comes at an important moment of remembrance and reminder, of bearing witness and of action

Indeed, I write on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – the most brutal extermination camp of the 20th century – of horrors too terrible to be…


World leaders gather in Jerusalem ahead of 5th World Holocaust Forum

World leaders heading high-level delegations from 49 countries began arriving in Israel on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, commemorating 75 years since the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

This is the first time the Israeli capital has hosted an event of this magnitude. The…


Israel’s security force for World Holocaust Forum will be nearly 10,000 strong

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A security force nearly 10,000 strong will be protecting world leaders and others attending the 5th World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on Thursday.

Operation Future, which is being led by the Israel Police, was described in a police statement as a “complex and integrated national operation.”

In addition to 6,300…


World leaders converge on Jerusalem for the 5th World Holocaust Forum

(January 20, 2020 / JNS) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum and are hosting the 5th World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on Thursday. This year’s event, titled, “Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism,” commemorates 75 years since the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration…


Last Auschwitz survivors speak: ‘We haven’t won, but we’ve taught our grandkids’

AFP — As he looks at pictures of his parents and sisters who perished in Auschwitz, Szmul Icek begins to tremble, tears clouding his eyes.

It may have been 75 years ago, but for this survivor of the Holocaust the memories of life and death in the Nazi extermination camp remain painfully fresh.

More than a million Jews were killed at Auschwitz,…


Record 2.3 million people visited Auschwitz in 2019

A record 2.3 million visitors toured former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau last year, the museum said on Tuesday, as the site gears up to mark 75 years since its last prisoners were liberated.

The figure was an increase of 170,000 on the visitor numbers from 2018, the previous record year.

Almost 400,000 Poles toured the complex in 2019,…


Holocaust survivor is named 2019 ‘Texan of the Year’

(December 31, 2019 / JNS) Max Glauben, a longtime Dallas resident and Holocaust survivor, was declared the 2019 “Texan of the Year” by The Dallas Morning News on Sunday.

Glauben, 91, and his family survived the Warsaw Ghetto only to be taken to the Majdanek concentration camp, where his mother, father and younger brother died. By 1943, he was…


Portugal becomes 34th International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance member

(December 5, 2019 / Jewish Journal) Portugal became the 34th full member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) on Wednesday.

The IHRA posted the announcement on Twitter: “Congratulations to Portugal, which has now become a full member of the IHRA! #IHRAinLuxembourg.”

The IHRA was formed in 1998 to promote awareness of and…


Thousands rally in Milan in solidarity with Holocaust survivor under police escort

About 5,000 people rallied under a pelting rain in front of the Holocaust Memorial of Milan on Monday night to express their solidarity with Auschwitz survivor and Senator for Life Liliana Segre.

The event was titled “Milan does not hate.” In videos of the rally posted by Italian media, hundreds of colorful umbrellas can be seen, protecting…


Holocaust survivors reunite with rescuer at Yad Vashem

There was not a dry eye in sight as siblings Sarah Yanai and Yossi Mor embraced the woman who saved their lives in Greece during the Holocaust.

On Sunday, Melpomeni Dina (née Gianopoulou) reunited with Yanai and Mor (whose family name had been Mordechai) in an emotional meeting when they introduced their rescuer, 92-year-old Dina, to almost 40…


Illinois collegian confronts Holocaust survivor, compares Shoah to Palestinian life

(October 29, 2019 / JNS) A Palestinian student at the Catholic Benedictine University, about 30 miles west of Chicago, called on a Holocaust survivor to compare the murder of 6 million Jews to Israel’s alleged treatment of the Palestinians, followed by her walking out on his speech after he declined to do so.

After a speech last week by visiting…


Romania set to open first Holocaust museum since end of Second World War

(October 11, 2019 / JNS) Romania will open its first national Holocaust museum more than seven decades since the end of World War II.

The National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust in Romania will be in an 86,000-square-foot, eight-story building on the central Calea Victoriei avenue in Bucharest, reported Reuters.

Romanian President…


Pro-Israel Columbia student questions Malaysian premier about Holocaust denial

(September 26, 2019 / JNS) A member of the college campus group Students Supporting Israel confronted Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during his controversial Columbia University speech on Wednesday about the leader questioning the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.

Mohamad, who was speaking as part of Columbia’s World Leaders…


Cousins Reunite 75 Years After Being Separated During the Holocaust: ‘We’ve Got Each Other Now’

For 75 years, Morris Sana lived with the belief that his cousin and best friend Simon Mairowitz was dead. But on Saturday, 87-year-old Sana and 85-year-old Mairowitz cried tears of joy when they reunited in Israel.
The cousins were close pals before the Nazis invaded Romania in 1940, forcing both of their respective families to flee the country…


Israel angrily rejects Holocaust-Gaza comparison from Turkey’s Erdogan

Israeli leaders on Tuesday lashed out against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who likened the Jewish state’s Gaza policies to the Nazi treatment of the Jews during a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

According to a report by Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, Erdogan told US Muslim leaders in a Monday meeting in New…


US State Department announces special envoy for Holocaust issues

(September 12, 2019 / JNS) The U.S. State Department announced on Thursday that Cherrie Daniels has been tapped to be its Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues.

Founded in 1999, the Office of the Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues “develops and implements U.S. policy to return Holocaust-era assets to their rightful owners, secure compensation for…


Poles who saved Jews during Holocaust honored in Warsaw

A US-based Jewish foundation honored Polish gentiles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, a number that grows smaller each year, with US and Israeli diplomats also paying their respects at the event Sunday in Warsaw to the elderly Poles who put their lives in danger to save others.

Those still living today, 80 years after the start of World War…


Holocaust survivor celebrates 104th birthday surrounded by 400 descendants

This is the picture of triumph over evil.

A Holocaust survivor celebrated her 104th birthday last week at the Western Wall in Jerusalem — and for the occasion posed for a photo surrounded by about 400 of her descendants, including her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Centenarian Shoshana Ovitz survived the Auschwitz concentration…