The Simon Wiesenthal Center's latest list of the world's 10 most-wanted Nazi war criminals contains three new names, all with Canadian connections, and the center claims to have new evidence against one of them.
The new names names contained in the SWC's "Annual Status Report on the Worldwide Investigation and Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals" replace three alleged Nazi war criminals who died over the past year. The report was released Wednesday.
It’s an unprepossessing object, a battered, rather ordinary valise, with a name, date of birth and the German word “Waisenkind” (orphan) painted in broad strokes on its side. But the most neutral objects acquire meaning through association with people and events, and this particular suitcase carries a lot of history along with its meager contents.
Every time you watch the New York City Ballet, you are under the heal of George Balanchine, the company's founding choreographer and the 20th century's greatest dance-maker. Many people know how he got there: Lincoln Kirstein, the son of a wealthy Jewish businessman and the company's co-founder, brought him over from Europe. But what many don't know is that there was another heir to a Jewish fortune--Rene Blum--who tried to get him first.
(JTA) -- Holocaust survivors and members of the public are reading the names of Holocaust victims at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
The reading at the museum's Hall of Remembrance began Sunday and will last through May 8.
During the Days of Remembrance, May 1-8, the museum is commemorating the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust, as well as the millions of other victims of Nazi persecution, with observances in Washington and throughout the United States.
Once upon a time in a magical town called Ciechanow there was an gutsy Zionist family. Faige Trombka, in Czarist times, "risked giving her home for a Zionist library, for Hebrew courses... She raised her children as staunch Jews, fought for the establishment of Israel," said those who remember.
BERLIN (JTA) -- Germany has committed to a donation of $80 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, for the preservation and restoration of the memorial at the site of the Nazi concentration camp.
Germany’s contribution will be split between the federal government and the states, and will be disbursed in five annual installments, according to the German Foreign Ministry.
The contribution is by far the largest to the new foundation, which was established in 2009 with the aim of securing long-term financing for upkeep of the memorial.
(JTA) -- Polish prosecutors charged a Swedish man and two Polish men in the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei” sign from the front gate of Auschwitz.
The Swede, Anders Hogstrom, a neo-Nazi leader who allegedly organized the theft as a middleman between a neo-Nazi buyer and five Polish thieves, reportedly struck a plea bargain with Polish prosecutors on Thursday. Under the terms of the deal, Hogstrum will serve 32 months in jail in his native Sweden, the French news service AFP reported Thursday.