Posts Tagged ‘holocaust’


Holocaust survivors return to concentration camp for first time to meet Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

editor 21 July 2017

By Hannah Furness.. The last time Manfred Goldberg and Zigi Shipper saw the gates of Stutthof together, they were in fear for their lives as the horrors of the Holocaust unfolded around them. Today, they set foot back in the camp with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in a deeply emotional visit to confront the deep trauma of life at the Nazi concentration camp. [Photo top right: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada 2011; Photo credit Wikipedia Commons](more…)


Hitler’s Secret Weapon Was Coercing Jews to Destroy Themselves – Will we do it again?

editor 19 July 2017

By Shmuley Boteach.. These days have been emotionally challenging. For the past two weeks, in preparation for a planned anti-genocide center, I’ve traveled with my family on an educational journey through the killing fields of Germany and Eastern Europe, the idea being to truly immerse myself in the dark, hallowed sites of the Holocaust so as to better understand genocide, its psychology, and its causes. And beyond every consideration, there is that of memory, of never forgetting the lost martyrs of my people. (more…)


A Holocaust Story From the White Pages

editor 13 July 2017

By Michel Frank.. An ‘archaeologist of bureaucracy’ traces the ghostly lives of foreign Jews in Italy during World War II. In the fall of 2011 I received a letter from my friend Letizia Gualandi, a professor of archaeology at the University of Pisa. “I have a question to ask you on behalf of my mother, Giovanna,” she began. [Photo top right:Fanny Rudorfer, during her time as a doctor in Italy. (Photo courtesy Emil Ruderfer)].  (more…)


As a Teenager, Esther Begam Survived the Holocaust. Now, at 88, She’s a High School Graduate.

editor 30 May 2017

By Miranda Cooper.. ‘I finally made something out of me’. During her adolescence, Esther Begam lost her entire family in the Holocaust. More than seven decades later, she has received one life milestone the Nazis denied her: a high school diploma. This month, in Plymouth, Minnesota, Begam symbolically graduated alongside the class of 2017 at Wayzata High School, in Plymouth, Minnesota. (more…)


Can you cry for your enemy?

editor 27 May 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. Have you ever felt sick to your stomach? I mean that in a very literal sense. My throat feels clogged, my eyes are stinging. I almost can’t breathe. I’m not being dramatic. My son sits there reading from the computer and asks me if I had heard this news? He uses a Hebrew word, but I don’t recognize it. “Meesrepha” – “srepha” is a fire. I tell him I don’t know what that is, already feeling pressure inside. I can tell it’s bad from his face. “It’s what they used in the Holocaust,” he says, “to burn the bodies.” (more…)


Himmler’s Boost for al-Husaini

editor 19 May 2017

By Wolfgang G. Schwanitz.. The SS-Leader’s Anti-Balfour Cable to the Grand Mufti

In March the National Israeli Library blogged Himmler’s re-discovered telegram to the grand mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husaini. Contrary to the comment there that Nazi Germany did not declare its support for the Arab independence, I argue, it did. This cable further recognized the Islamist movement of the cleric who lived from 1941 to 1945 in Berlin. He realized with the Axis powers his main goals against the Jews and Allies, also in the Mideast. (more…)


Hitler’s British death island

editor 13 May 2017

By Colonel Richard Kemp and John Weigold.. Astonishing story of how the Nazis murdered 40,000 people in Channel Island concentration camps – and planned to blitz the South Coast with chemical weapons. On a spring afternoon, the grassy headland is bursting with a joy that lifts the soul. Sunshine, blue sea and sky; splashes of golden gorse catch the light and bluebells sway in the breeze; larks float on air currents while gannets in their thousands swoop and screech on a rocky island below. This is the southern tip of Alderney, smallest of the three main Channel Islands. Across the water, Guernsey, Sark and Jersey glisten. It has to be one of the most beautiful, tranquil and inspiring sights in the whole of Britain. But close your eyes, take your mind back 75 years . . . and this idyll is a scene of sheer horror. [Photo top right: Gorse]. (more…)


In a Ukraine forest, terrible events of 75 years ago given resonance by handful of survivors

editor 10 May 2017

By Sue Surkes.. Uman, Ukraine — As veterans across Europe turned out this week (May 5 – 9, 2017) for annual ceremonies to commemorate the end of World War ll, some 70 Christians and Jews gathered Monday (May 8, 201) in a forest clearing in central Ukraine to unveil a memorial to 1,000 Jewish children murdered by the Nazis in April 1942. The event – on the outskirts of the city of Uman — was an ode to reconciliation. A German pastor from Heidelberg, Johannes Zink, asked forgiveness on behalf of “fathers and grandfathers who may have been involved” in Nazi atrocities. A Jerusalem rabbi, Chaim Eisen, spoke about the importance of building bridges. [Photo top right: Memorial next to newly covered grave of Jewish kids shot by Nazis in 1942. The mass grave was decorated with children’s toys for the ceremony on May 9, 2017. (Sue Surkes)]. (more…)


Survivor: A portrait of the survivors of the Holocaust

editor 5 May 2017

By Sophie Deutsch.. As an incredibly moving and thought-provoking portrait of the Holocaust, Survivor captures the experience of surviving one of the darkest moments in human history. Produced by world-renowned photographer, Harry Borden, and producer, Miriam Hechtman, this compilation of powerful photographs accompanied by handwritten notes from each survivor attests to the incredible resilience of the human spirit. (more…)


Why Israel? A Haven, a Homeland, a Holy Land — Yom Haatzmaut 2017

editor 4 May 2017

By Chaim Steinmetz.. Maybe it was crazy.

In February 2003, I led a mission to Israel shortly before the Iraq War. It was a time of great nervousness; when we arrived, we were greeted by full-page ads in the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz from the Canadian government, advising Canadians to be ready to leave Israel. There was enormous concern that war would break out, and that Saddam Hussein would once again fire Scuds at Israel. [Photo top right: Jerusalem – Kotel]. (more…)


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