Posts Tagged ‘World War II’


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…)


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…)


International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27, 2017

editor 25 January 2017

By Christians for Israel International.. International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an international memorial day on 27 January commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jewish people, 2 million Romani people, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 60/7 on 1 November 2005 during the 42nd plenary session. The resolution came after a special session was held earlier that year on 24 January 2005 during which the United Nations General Assembly marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of the Holocaust. (more…)


How did a former concentration camp become a wedding venue in Lithuania?

editor 28 July 2016

By JTA.. In 1941, thousands of Jews were imprisoned, starved and finally massacred by Lithuanian Nazi collaborators at the Seventh Fort. Kaunas – Lithuania, in this is drab city 55 miles west of Vilnius, there are few heritage sites as mysterious and lovely looking as the Seventh Fort. This 18-acre red-brick bunker complex, which dates to 1882, features massive underground passages that connect its halls and chambers. [Photo top right: Seventh Fort in Kaunas, Lithuania. (photo credit:WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/KAUNOFORTAS)] (more…)


Three Women Parachutists In World War Two

editor 29 August 2015

By Rhona Lewis.. On an ice-cold night in 1942, while taking part in a demanding Palmach training course in Juara in north Israel, Chaviva Reich made the treacherous descent to kibbutz Ein Hashofet to bring back some grapes for her colleagues and raise their morale. She was caught by a kibbutz guard, the grapes were confiscated, and she was sent back to her base. (more…)


Remains of 86 Holocaust Victims Found in Strasbourg Lab

editor 28 July 2015

By Jonathan Zalman.. In 1943, August Hirt [Photo top right], a professor of anatomy and forensics, and the chairman of the Reich University in Strasbourg during the city’s Nazi occupation, conducted “medical” experiments on the bodies of Holocaust victims who had been murdered in a gas chamber at the nearby Natzweiler-Struthof Concentration Camp. Strasbourg was liberated in 1944, and the bodies, which were preserved in bins of distilled alcohol, were buried thereafter, in 1946 in France. Hirt committed suicide in 1945 before he could stand trial for war crimes. (more…)


50 Christian saviors of Jews honored in Warsaw

editor 16 July 2015

By WJC.. Jewish officials honored nearly 50 elderly Christian Poles who saved Jews during World War II, praising them as heroes during an event in Warsaw on Sunday (July 12, 2015) which was organizedto express gratitude to the Righteous Gentiles. The oldest rescuer was 100 and others were in their 80s and 90s. They gathered for a luncheon at a hotel in downtown Warsaw where Poland’s chief rabbi, an Israeli diplomat and a representative of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous paid tribute to them. (more…)


Jacob’s Tears

editor 2 July 2015

By Hatikvah Films.. On June 8 , 2015, Hatikvah Films released the documentary Jacob’s Tears. Shedding light into the darkest shadows of human history. This full-length documentary features groundbreaking interviews with German Church leaders, the son of a Nazi SS officer and Holocaust survivors that will move, and challenge you.

The questions you’ve always asked
The answers you never expected.

Watch the trailer below. (more…)


Greek Mayor Flip-Flops Over Holocaust Memorial Unveiling

editor 25 May 2015

By Yair Rosenberg.. Event canceled over Star of David engraving, but will now take place ‘soon’. Yesterday (May 17, 2015), the Greek town of Kavala was supposed to unveil a memorial dedicated to its 1,484 Jewish residents who were killed by the Nazis. But the ceremony never took place. Instead, at the last minute, Kavala’s mayor Dimitra Tsanaka postponed the long-awaited event on the grounds that members of her party objected to the monument’s Star of David engraving. (more…)


The Vatican & the Holocaust: Pope Pius XII & the Holocaust

editor 19 May 2015

By Jewish Virtual Library.. Pope Pius XII’s (1876-1958) actions during the Holocaust remain controversial. For much of the war, he maintained a public front of indifference and remained silent while German atrocities were committed. He refused pleas for help on the grounds of neutrality, while making statements condemning injustices in general. Privately, he sheltered a small number of Jews and spoke to a few select officials, encouraging them to help the Jews. (more…)


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