Fred ‘The Furrier’ Schwartz, Driver Of Auschwitz Shul Restoration, Dies At 83

08/11/2016 - 10:40

(JTA) — Fred Schwartz, a New York-area philanthropist and businessman who marketed affordable mink, sable and fox under the name “Fred the Furrier,” has died at 83.

As Poland Closes A Door To Survivors, Time For It To Open Another

08/08/2016 - 10:17
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The contrast between what is legally permissible and what is right was put into sharp relief in a ruling this week by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal regarding Holocaust restitution. The court upheld the constitutionality of legislation that would limit the rights of claimants in Warsaw.

Gideon Taylor. Courtesy

Wiesel’s Unfinished Business

He gave the Holocaust a brand name, but the genocides kept coming. Who will now stand guard over the voiceless?

07/05/2016 - 21:32
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Elie Wiesel’s near-universal public renown was due largely to his survival from Auschwitz. In a world where “survivor” came to signify either the Holocaust or a reality TV show, he was the world’s best-known practitioner of the trade.

Wiesel was Hitler’s worst posthumous nightmare — a Jew with a pen, a voice and a global pulpit. Getty Images

‘He Let Silence Be Articulated’

The impact of Wiesel’s groundbreaking memoir, ‘Night.’

07/05/2016 - 17:32
Staff Writer

A native of Highland Park, N.J., Alan Berger is a leading academic scholar of the Holocaust. He holds the Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair for Holocaust Studies at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, and previously founded the Jewish Studies Program at Syracuse University. Among his many books is “Children of Job: American Second-Generation Witnesses to the Holocaust” (SUNY Press), for which Elie Wiesel wrote the introduction.

Alan Berger: Elie Wiesel’s writings and speeches spoke to people of varied backgrounds. PHOTO COURTESY FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSI

‘To Salvage The Stories Of The Rescued’

Mounting urgency at Yad Vashem to find Righteous Gentiles, aided by technology.

05/04/2016 - 09:10
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — It’s a race against the clock, and against flagging memories.

But for the historical researchers — detectives, really — at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, museum and national archive, technology is giving them a big leg up in the race to identify and vet the stories of Righteous Gentiles.

Names of Righteous Gentiles are etched into a wall at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Wikimedia Commons

Behind A Wall In Budapest, Pages From Shoah History

11/30/2015 - 19:00

Sometime in early 1944, some Jewish residents of Budapest hid a cache of documents that probably outlived them.

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Germany’s Dating Of Start Of Holocaust Questioned

Argues in art theft suit that alleged forced sale of silver relics in ’35 ‘predated’ the Shoah.

11/02/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The website of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston defines the Nazi era as 1933 until 1945. The Jewish Virtual Library similarly dates the Nazi era as from the time the Nazis came to power in 1933 through the end of World War II.

But in court papers filed last week in Washington, D.C., the German government contends that three German Jewish art collectors could not have been forced by the Nazis to sell their collection in 1935 because “the alleged taking of the Welfenschatz [collection] in 1935 predated the Holocaust by several years.”

GI guarding looted art stored at Schlosskirche Ellingen, Bavaria (April 1945). Wikimedia Commons

‘Train’ Follows Its Own Track

Teens take center stage in this riveting Holocaust novel by Danny M. Cohen.

10/25/2015 - 20:00

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Remembering The Holocaust In Romania

10/12/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Before World War II, about 757,000 Jews lived in Romania.

The country, an ally of Nazi Germany from 1940-44, quickly adopted anti-Semitic measures. The army, cooperating with a German Einsatzgruppe, massacred at least 100,000 Jews in the Bessarabia and northern Bukovina regions.Similar mass murders took place in other parts of the country; later, some 120,000 Romanian Jews were deported to their deaths.

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Balancing Tourism And Memory At Auschwitz

Controversy of ‘misting showers’ highlights a challenge for the memorial and museum.

09/09/2015 - 20:00

Pawel Sawicki gets to his desk every morning by 7, but he works no regular office job.

Visitors to Auschwitz use misting showers last week during an extreme heatwave. Youtube
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