Auschwitz

The Galloping Ghost

The strange equine afterlife of a Holocaust hero.

12/02/2014
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Long before Auschwitz was associated with crematoria it was associated with the afterlife. Long before the Shoah, it was believed even elsewhere in Central Europe that “anyone who merited to be buried [in the Jewish cemetery there] would not suffer travails at the time of resurrection.”

Roza Robata. Ciechanov Yizkor Book

'With My Besties At Auschwitz:' Irreverence Or Defiance?

Facebook page sparks global outrage; provokes big questions.

06/27/2014
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Two Israeli high school students draped in Israeli flags stood in the snow-topped forest of Treblinka, turned an iPhone around to face them, and snapped a smiling picture. The shot later appeared on Facebook with the caption “#Trablinka #poland #jewish.”

Israeli teenagers take selfies while visiting Auschwitz. Via Facebook.com

Philly Man, 89, Arrested For Nazi-Era Crimes

06/19/2014
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An 89-year-old Philadelphia man, Johann Breyer, was arrested for abetting murder during his time as a Nazi guard at Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

Before Auschwitz Was Auschwitz

Exhibit examines the shtetl that was prelude.

06/11/2014
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Once upon a time, so long ago, the Jews of Central Europe would take trains to Auschwitz for the privilege of dying in its mystical terrain. In “Sefer Oshpitzin,” the town’s yizkor book, compiled by residents of the now extinct shtetl, one man recalled those “whose entire lives revolved around the desire that, after their demise, they should be interred in Oshpitzin,” as the town was known in Yiddish. Some “lived for many years in wealth and dignity in Vienna. Yet in their declining years they moved to Oshpitzin.” They said, according to the book, “It is really good to live in Vienna, but one ought to die in Oshpitzin.” So many saintly and scholarly people were buried in the Auschwitz earth that it was thought to be transformed into holy ground. “Anyone who merited to be buried there,” said an old Auschwitz legend, “would not suffer travails at the time of resurrection.”

The Hotel Schmiedler in 1912, when many believed Auschwitz was a holy place to die, and better for resurrection. Miroslaw Ganobi

Unholy Ground: Dealey Plaza, Ma'alot, Auschwitz

05/16/2014
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Conventions often take professionals to exotic locations, not least of all to entice potential participants to attend. Dallas was not chosen for my rabbinic convention- the Rabbinical Assembly- because it's exotic. It actually has a significant Jewish community, and our new president, Rabbi Bill Gershon, leads a major congregation there.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Marking Holocaust Remembrance At Auschwitz

Nearly half the Israeli parliament takes part in commemoration on 69th anniversary of camp’s liberation.

01/29/2014
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Oswiecim, Poland — Watching thousands of Poles dance to klezmer music just 50 miles from the Auschwitz death camp, Johnny Daniels could feel an ambitious plan taking shape.

Some of the 58 Knesset members who took part in a commemoration ceremony this week at Auschwitz. Photo via JTA.org

Learning How My Father Escaped Execution At Auschwitz

01/27/2014
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Editor’s Note: Jan. 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

My father, Josef Rosensaft, decidedly did not want to be in Auschwitz. True, no one did, but my father actually did something about it. 

Repeatedly. 

Frieda Hikind, Auschwitz Survivor And Assemblyman's Mother, Dies At 95

06/24/2013
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Shiva was completed Monday morning for Frieda Hikind, 95, a Holocaust survivor and mother of Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn.

A Teen's Graphic Novel About The Holocaust

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o blogger Aaron Herman spoke with teenage author Christopher Huh about his new graphic novel, "Keeping My Hope." Christopher started writing "Keeping My Hope" when he was 13 years old. It took him about a year and half to complete the book. To write Keeping My Hope, Christopher spent over a thousand hours conducting research on WWII and the Holocaust by searching the Internet, checking out books from the library, visiting the Holocaust museum, and interviewing Holocaust survivors.

Slow Food By Auschwitz

The menu sounds delicious, but is this in good taste?

04/10/2013
Staff Writer

The affiliate of New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage that runs the Auschwitz Jewish Center, a museum and synagogue in the town that gave its name to the concentration camp complex, is raising money on Kickstarter to open a café in the home of the town’s last Jew.

The Auschwitz Jewish Center. Photo via Kickstarter
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