Posts Tagged ‘holocaust’

 

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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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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March of the Living Through Concentration Camps Is Solemn Triumph of Holocaust Survival

editor 28 April 2017

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “I have remembered Thy name, O Hashem, in the night, and have observed Thy law.” Psalms 119:55. More than 10,000 people participated in the 29th annual March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau in Poland on Monday (April 24, 2017) commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day. The March is held on Holocaust Memorial Day to contrast the forced marches the inmates made to their deaths. It also contrasts with Israel Independence Day celebrated in one week. [Photo top right: Holocaust survivor with his granddaughter and a Torah saved from the Holocaust (Photo Flash90)]
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An Unexpected Family Reunion, Seven Decades After The Holocaust

editor 28 April 2017

By Jennifer Medelsohn.. My husband’s grandmother’s family was decimated by the Nazis. But at 95, she discovered relatives she never knew. I hardly thought it was a life-changing question. We were driving home from a family gathering one evening this past May with my husband’s 95-year-old grandmother, Frieda, a Holocaust survivor from a small town outside Warsaw. I told her I’d been spending a lot of time on genealogy websites, immersed in tracing the trajectories of my immigrant relatives, most of whom—lured by the promise of America—had left Eastern Europe long before World War II. [Photo top right: Bessie and Rachel. (Courtesy of the author)] (more…)

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Grandpa’s Secret Shoah

editor 26 April 2017

By Aaron Wolfe.. To read more Tablet in Warsaw coverage, click here.

When my grandfather Leszek was alive, he’d tell stories of his life in Krakow before the war. About how he’d sneak out of his ultra-Orthodox yeshiva to attend the Zionist gymnasium down the road. Or the times he played soccer with his grandmother’s neighbor, a boy named Karol who would eventually become Pope John Paul II. Or how he courted the beautiful older daughter of the famous Karmel family, a girl who was Jewish royalty in Krakow but somehow was convinced to love him back. [Photo top right: The author and his grandfather in his Riverdale living room, 1977.(Courtesy of the author)] (more…)

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Yom HaShoah / יום השואה

editor 25 April 2017

By Christians for Israel International.. Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laG’vurah (יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה; “Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day”), known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah (יום השואה) and in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day, is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews and five million others who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. (more…)

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