By Matt Lebovitz.. On the anniversary of the country’s union with Hitler, a former child refugee preps for the premiere of her long-gestating film. As a little girl in 1940, Gita Kaufman escaped Vienna with her family at the last possible moment. Austria had been under German control for two years, following the bloodless “Anschluss,” or union, of March 12, 1938. The annexation was a boon to Nazi anti-Jewish policy, as the largely affluent Jewish community of Vienna fell into German hands. (more…)
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At 109, Alice Herz-Sommer is the oldest known Holocaust survivor alive today. An internationally celebrated pianist, she also still practices for three hours daily. Even at her advanced age, 2012 was a busy year: A Century of Wisdom: Lessons From the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World’s Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor, was published about her life and work. (more…)
By Israel Today Staff.. Israel’s Makor Rishon Hebrew daily reported at the weekend that a major biblical archeology find in the Judean hills south of Jerusalem is apparently being covered up by the government. Last week, a member of the Kfar Etzion Field School in the Eztion Bloc of Jewish communities stumbled across an ancient ornate pillar as he descended into a cave in the Judean hills. (more…)
By Bernard Starr.. An exhibit of Pre-Raphaelite art opened at Washington’s National Gallery of Art on Feb. 17th that will run through May 19th. This art genre was launched in 1848, when seven British artists led by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, all associated with the Royal Academy of Art in London,formed a secret societycalled the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. According to a New York Times review of the exhibit, these artists “were repelled by the decadence of art and society, much of which they ascribed to the Industrial Revolution. They wanted to turn back the clock to purer, more thoroughly Christian times.” (more…)
By Jennifer Schuessler.. For decades, it has been one of the most politically charged questions in American history: What did Franklin D. Roosevelt do — or, more to the point, not do — in response to the Holocaust? The issue has spawned a large literary response, with books often bearing polemical titles like “The Abandonment of the Jews” or “Saving the Jews.” But in a new volume from Harvard University Press, two historians aim to set the matter straight with what they call both a neutral assessment of Roosevelt’s broader record on Jewish issues and a corrective to the popular view of it, which they say has become overly scathing. (more…)
By Bernews.. Scholars of the Second World War [1939-1945] and the state-sponsored extermination programme launched against Jews and other peoples deemed “sub-human” by German dictator Adolf Hitler’s genocidal Nazi regime are marking a grim anniversary this month — the 70th anniversary of the laggardly and deliberately inconclusive Anglo-US Bermuda Conference. (more…)
By Sheila Raviv.. When I heard this speech I had to share it with you all. It is truly inspiring.
I am proud to send you this Bar Mitzvah speech. It is both moving and inspiring and appropriate for both Yom haShoah and Yom HaAtzmaut – indeed for every day of our lives.
By Eli E. Hertz.. The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave to the world the eternal Book of Books. After being forcibly exiled from their land, the people kept faith with it throughout their Dispersion and never ceased to pray and hope for their return to it and for the restoration in it of their political freedom. (more…)
By Andrea Ventura and Mimmo Franzinelli.. The story of Lotte and Mario, and what happened to the guests of an Italian hotel when the Nazis came to stay.Carlotta Fröhlich was born in Germany in 1904 to a Jewish mother and a Christian father. In the 1930s Lotte moved to Milan, where she met and married Mario Mazzucchelli, a lawyer and a writer of historical novels. (more…)
By CHRISTINA NG.. A 72-year-old Auschwitz survivor has taken his search for his twin brother to Facebook. Menachem B., who wants to keep his last name private, last saw his brother 68 years ago when he was 4 years old. Menachem B.’s given name was Elias Gottesmann. He changed his name after surviving the concentration camp. (more…)