Survivor Confronts Nazi Guard At Trial

Indiana’s Eva Kor, face to face with Oskar Groening during recess in German court.

Staff Writer

It happened during the lunch recess Tuesday, the first day of the trial in Germany of the former Auschwitz guard being tried on 300,000 counts of complicity in the murder of Hungarian Jews who were sent to the gas chambers in the summer of 1944.

Eva Kor approaching Oskar Groening during a recess in trial of Auschwitz guard. Courtesy of Eva Kor

A Glimpse Of Auschwitz

On the anniversary of its liberation, Auschwitz survivors returned. For everybody else, there are new ways to learn about the camps, from drones to cartoons.

Lauder, Spielberg Warn Of Rising Anti-Semitism


Krakow, Poland — European leaders must do more to combat rising anti-Semitism on their home turf, Jewish leaders urged on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

1.5 Million Visitors To Auschwitz Museum In ’14 Sets Mark


More than 1.5 million people visited the former Auschwitz concentration camp in 2014, setting a record.

The Galloping Ghost

The strange equine afterlife of a Holocaust hero.

Associate Editor

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.

Staff Writer

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

Philly Man, 89, Arrested For Nazi-Era Crimes


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.

Associate Editor

Once upon a time, so long ago, long before the end of the story, 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

Jewish Week Online Columnist

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
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