Holocaust

A Tragic List, Of Five Million

"It defies the wishes of the Nazis that these people die without names."

Swiss Fund To Hasten Fuller List Of Victims

$4.5 million allocation to Yad Vashem puts milestone in reach; 5 million names seen as goal.

05/01/2013
Staff Writer

A milestone in Holocaust history — compiling all the names possible of the Nazis’ Jewish victims — appears within reach as a result of the proposed allocation of $4.5 million from the Swiss bank settlement with Holocaust victims and survivors.

Judge Edward Korman: Overseeing distribution of $1.2 billion settlement.

Turning A New Page In Poland’s Jewish History

Major Warsaw museum, opening April 19, has attracted support from non-Jewish Poles and Polish-born Holocaust survivors.

04/17/2013
Staff Writer

Warsaw — Nine months before the start of World War II, a Jewish friend of Jerzy Prezdziecki wrote in a poem that “our friendship will never change to smoke.”

A replica of a 17th-Century synagogue in the museum. Photo courtesy Warsaw’s Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Anne Frank Museum Praises Justin Bieber Visit After Guestbook Flap

04/15/2013

The Anne Frank House defended Justin Bieber's visit to the museum and his guestbook message hoping that the teen diarist "would have been a Belieber."

"The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House last Friday. We think it is very positive that he took the time and effort to visit our museum," the Amsterdam-based museum wrote Monday in a post on its Facebook page. "He was very interested in the story of Anne Frank and stayed for over an hour. We hope that his visit will inspire his fans to learn more about her life and hopefully read the diary."

Justin Bieber

Albany Teacher Who Gave 'Jews Are Evil' Assignment Suspended

04/14/2013

The New York teacher who assigned her students to write a persuasive essay on why Jews are evil was placed on leave and will be disciplined.

The teacher, who has not been named, was placed on leave Friday from her job at Albany High School and could face a reprimand or firing, according to the Albany Times Union.

‘Young Turks’ Of Bridge Building

Cross-cultural program between Jewish and Turkish Muslim teens flourishes in south Brooklyn as Israel, Turkey eye calm.

04/10/2013
Staff Writer

Hayrunnisa Kalac, a teenager from northern New Jersey who attends high school in southern Brooklyn, stepped into a taxi outside of Port Authority Bus Terminal Sunday morning and told the driver her destination: the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Battery Park City.

Jewish and Turkish Muslim members of Young Peace Builders have bonded through joint religious and educational programs.

Remembering Janusz Korczak, Anew

At the recent Jerusalem Book Fair, with many publishers from all over the world showcasing their new titles, it was Janusz Korczak who caught my attention.

V’higa’d’ta L’vinha … Telling the Story Of The Shoah

04/05/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

It is an unusual day indeed when The New York Times, not always considered sensitive to the concerns of the Jewish community, publishes a front-page obituary for a rabbi. But the Times did just that a few short weeks ago, when it noted, with appropriate pathos and respect, the death of Rabbi Hershel Schacter, of blessed memory.

Rabbi Gerald Skoknik

'Beliebergate': Young Professionals React

How did you react when you heard Justin Bieber visited Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam and wrote a self-aggrandizing message in the guestbook? It said "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber." Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with young Jewish professionals about their reactions to Justin's actions. 

Fighting Back -- And Fighting Good

One part of the reporting I did for the story in this week’s Yom HaShoah issue, about medical resistance during the Holocaust, how physicians and nurses and other members of the putative healing professions took a stand against Nazi genocide, sounded familiar.

I grew up hearing a story along these lines – but in this case, how some doctors in Nazi Germany did not stand up.

Dr. Cheyenne Martin: Teaching about doctors who honored their profession
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