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More than 13 million documents from Nazi concentration camps posted online

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The International Tracing Service in Germany has published online more than 13 million documents from Nazi concentration camps with information on more than 2.2 million people.

The effort to put the archive online was undertaken in partnership with the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

The tracing service, based in…

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Over 1,000 bodies found in Holocaust-era mass grave in Belarus

In January, memories of the Holocaust were once again brought up when a mass grave was discovered in Brest, Belarus on the construction site of a new luxury apartment block.

Since the discovery, the bones of 1,214 people, most believed to have been Jews, were excavated from the site, tangled with shreds of cloth and the soles of shoes.

Dmitry…

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CNN Fact Checks Tlaib’s Holocaust Comments: ‘She Can’t Rewrite History’

CNN’s John King corrected Representative Rashida Tlaib’s (D., Mich.) revisionist history of the Holocaust on Monday, pointing out that Palestinian leaders supported the German extermination of Jews and violently resisted the creation of a Jewish state.

“It was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their…

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White supremacists carrying Nazi flags interrupt Arkansas Holocaust Remembrance Day event

A group of white supremacists carrying Nazi flags and hurling racial slurs briefly interrupted a Holocaust remembrance event in Arkansas earlier this week, local media reported.
The town of Russellville holds the March of Remembrance every year to honor and commemorate the survivors and the millions of people – mostly Jewish – who were killed…

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Israel comes to standstill in somber remembrance of Holocaust victims

Israel came to a standstill at 10 a.m. Thursday as sirens wailed throughout the country in memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War II.

The annual remembrance is one of the most solemn days on Israel’s national calendar, with much of the country all but shutting down to honor those who suffered under the Nazi killing…

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History is repeating itself, Holocaust survivors warn before March of the Living

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU, Poland — The surge in anti-Semitic attacks in recent years is reminiscent of the pre-World War II era in Europe, a Holocaust survivor warned Wednesday, with others agreeing that anti-Semitism is back in full force, a day before they participate in the annual March of the Living event.

“For years, I think a lot of survivors…

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Israel to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

Israel will begin commemorations of Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday evening with a state ceremony to remember the six million Jewish victims of Nazi persecution and to honor the remaining survivors of WW2 atrocities.
A state ceremony for Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day will be held at 8:00 p.m. local time atop Warsaw Ghetto…

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Thousands mourn revered Israeli rabbi and Holocaust survivor

Thousands attended the funeral Sunday for a revered Israeli rabbi and Holocaust survivor known for his especially brutal treatment at the hands of the Nazis and his efforts to memorialise the genocide’s victims.
Menahem Mendel Taub, a Hassidic rabbi, died at the age of 96 in Jerusalem on Sunday, drawing tributes from Israeli Prime Minister…

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Discovery Channel and PBS to air Holocaust documentaries for Yom Hashoah

JTA — Alan Moskin served in Patton’s 3rd Army as it liberated the Mauthausen concentration camp. The experience, he said in an unintentional wordplay, was “tattooed right here on my heart, on my soul.”

He didn’t share what he saw — not with his parents or siblings, not his wife and children — until 50 years after he came home. But when he finally…

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Shocking Einstein letters, revealing ‘Hitler-insanity,’ up for auction

A series of letters from Albert Einstein will be auctioned later this week, with the messages touching on a number of topics, including his thoughts on Jewish people’s rights to defend themselves, the rise of anti-Semitism at the time and “Hitler-insanity.”

The three letters, all published prior to the start of World War II, give fresh insight…

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Vatican to open archives on WWII-era pope accused of silence on Holocaust

Declaring that the church “isn’t afraid of history,” Pope Francis said Monday he has decided to open up the Vatican archives on World War II-era pope Pius XII, who has been criticized by Jews for staying silent on the Holocaust.

Francis told officials and personnel of the Vatican Secret Archives that the archive would be open to researchers…

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UK spy agency celebrates agent who saved 10,000 Jews from Holocaust

The chief of Britain’s spy agency made a rare public tribute to a spy who, during the years leading up to World War II, saved an estimated 10,000 German Jews by issuing them visas while posing as a bureaucrat at the British embassy in Berlin, even risking his safety to hide some Jews in his own residence.

Frank Foley, who died 60 years ago, has…

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Granddaughter of diplomat who saved Jewish refugees keeping his spirit alive

Madoka Sugihara, 51, never had a chance to hear directly from her grandfather Chiune Sugihara about his heroic efforts as a Japanese diplomat during World War II to issue visas to help thousands of Jews escape from Nazi persecution.

But through the stories of the offspring of the survivors who were offered the “Visas for Life” to flee from…

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State Hanukka candle-lighting ceremony dedicated to Holocaust survivors

Holocaust survivors in Jerusalem, New York City and Berlin attended Hanukka candle-lighting ceremonies held in their honor on Thursday.

In Jerusalem, the official state candle-lighting ceremony was, for the first time, dedicated to survivors and their reemergence from darkness into light, at the initiative of the Conference on Jewish Material…

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Lighting Hanukkah Candles Under the Swastika’s Shadow

Millions of Jews around the world will light a menorah to celebrate Hanukkah. Akiva Mansbach will be one of them. But his isn’t just any menorah. In its multigenerational life, its light has also touched the darkness.

In Kiel, Germany, in 1932, Rabbi Dr. Akiva Posner and his wife, Rachel, lit the menorah and placed it on their window sill….

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From The Garden of the Righteous at Israel’s Yad Vashem

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Part 2: Young Jewish Girl’s Harrowing Escape from the Nazis

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Part 1: Young Jewish Girl’s Harrowing Escape from the Nazis