Posts Tagged ‘holocaust’


102-year-old Holocaust survivor reunites with newly discovered nephew

editor 1 December 2017

By Aron Heller.. Eliahu Pietruszka believed his brother, who escaped Warsaw ghetto, had died in a Russian labor camp, but, generations later, a Yad Vashem genealogy project led to incredible news. Eliahu Pietruszka shuffled his 102-year-old body through the lobby of his retirement home toward a stranger he had never met and collapsed into him in a teary embrace. Then he kissed both cheeks of his visitor and in a frail, squeaky voice began blurting out greetings in Russian, a language he hadn’t spoken in decades. [Photo top right: Holocaust survivor Eliahu Pietruszka, right, embraces his nephew Alexandre Pietruszka as they meet for the first time in Kfar Saba, Israel, November 16, 2017. (AP/Sebastian Scheiner)].  (more…)


Shadows Surround Me, Embrace Me, Escort Me

editor 26 October 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. This is my third trip to Germany. If you’d asked me even 5 years ago for a list of countries I would never visit, Germany would have been at the top of the list. The first time I came here, I trembled as we landed. I felt each step that I took in this land directly in my heart. (more…)


New Hungarian Film Explores Guilt of Those Who Looted the Property of Deported Jews

editor 21 October 2017

By Karen Leon.. After watching a Holocaust related film, I always wonder how it was received in the director’s country of origin—or the way an audience of modern Germans, Poles or other implicated peoples react when the rod of historic guilt points in their nation’s direction. Opening in New York on November 1st is a new disquieting and superbly acted Hungarian post-Holocaust film titled 1945. (more…)


Are Jews Historical Artifacts in Europe?

editor 20 October 2017

By Naomi Ragen.. It is Friday night in Venice’s Ghetto Vecchio. I am seated in the women’s section of the Scola Spagnola, one of the most beautiful synagogues of Europe. It is packed. The women, hair covered in everything from traditional head scarves to trendy turbans wound around their heads with breathtaking panache, hug and kiss each other, sure signs of a family simcha. Young boys climb to the area in front of the Ark, undertaking various ritual roles reserved for the cute and inexperienced. The women beam. [Photo top right: Italian synagogue, Venice. Photo credit: Wikipedia](more…)


Statue of nationalist blamed for pogroms against Jews is unveiled in Ukraine

editor 19 October 2017

By Sue Surkes.. Memorial to Symon Petliura erected in Vinnitsa, within walking distance of an active synagogue and city’s former Jewish quarter. A new statue of a Ukrainian nationalist who is blamed for the murder of tens of thousands of Jews during the Russian Revolution, was unveiled Saturday in Vinnitsa, in an area of the city once known as Yerusalimka (Jerusalem), just some 200 meters (600 feet) from a small, functioning synagogue. (more…)


Mossad to release never-published file on Nazi Angel of Death

editor 9 September 2017

By Tamara Zieve.. Much of Mengele’s life remains a mystery. After the fall of Hitler, Mengele reportedly fled to Buenos Aires where he is believed to have lived for a decade. Previously classified Mossad files about the spy agency’s unsuccessful attempts to capture notorious Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele will be available to the public later this week (first week of September, 2017). The reports, photographs and maps from the code-named “Meltzer File” about the chase after the so-called “Angel of Death” are among three volumes put together by the Mossad’s history unit about operations to capture Nazi war criminals spanning from 1959 to 1991. [Photo top right: Josef Mengele (1911-1979), German SS officer. Photo taken by a police photographer in 1956 in Buenos Aires for Mengele’s Argentine identification document. Wikimedia Commons.](more…)


Iranians meet Holocaust survivors, ‘embarassed by ignorance’

editor 31 July 2017

By Ahiya Raved.. Young people of Iranian descent living in UK listen (June 5, 2013) to stories of Holocaust survivors, speak in turn about their childhoods, being educated to hate Israel. ‘We have no real way to influence Iranian government, but we can pass on stories we heard here,’ they say. Fifteen young men and women of Iranian descent who now live in Britain met on Tuesday in Haifa with Holocaust survivors and heard, for the first time in their lives, stories about life in the concentration camps and life in the ghettos. [Photo top right: Emotions and warmth Photo: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv].  (more…)


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…)


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