Lauder, Spielberg Warn Of Rising Anti-Semitism

01/26/2015 - 19:00

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.

Nicki Minaj Lyric Video Evokes Nazi Imagery

'Only' debuts on the anniversary of Kristallnacht and features propaganda images from Hitler’s Third Reich.

11/09/2014 - 19:00
Editorial Intern

Released on November 7, the new lyric video for Nicki Minaj’s latest single, “Only” features Nazi imagery, in addition to a cameo appearance by MOT Drake.

Nicki Minaj is under fire for her new single, "Only." Via wikimedia.org

Amis Moves Needle On Holocaust Humor

New novel, set in a concentration camp, is latest in cultural trend to probe Shoah with satire.

09/28/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In a German concentration camp, the commandant and an officer of the Waffen-SS, the armed wing of the Nazis’ SS paramilitary unit, are discussing the “selection” of Jewish prisoners to live or die. “There was no selection. They were all certainties for the gas,” one Nazi tells the other.


Old Holocaust-era Photos Find New Life Online

Digitalized archives of Roman Vishniac will enable survivors to identify relatives’ images.

09/08/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In a black-and-white, undated photograph from an unidentified cheder in pre-World War II Europe, a row of young Jewish boys, caps on their heads, are sitting at wooden desks, brittle old books of Torah spread before them.

It was a familiar image for Rob Fried, who grew up in East Meadow, L.I.

A native of Russia who settled in the U.S. Courtesy of ICP

Countering The Vile Comparison Of Israelis As Nazis

08/11/2014 - 20:00

I am an Israeli citizen. I am an American citizen. I am also completing a Master's degree in Holocaust studies and a resident of Gush Etzion, a bloc of settlements in the West Bank in Israel. Now that I've laid all my cards out on the table, I am going to rail against a phenomenon that has developed over the past few years: comparing Israelis to Nazis. The comparison is insulting and blatantly, historically inaccurate. 

Lani Lederer Berman

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

Facebook page sparks global outrage; provokes big questions.

06/26/2014 - 20:00
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 Facebook.com

Before Auschwitz Was Auschwitz

Exhibit examines the shtetl that was prelude.

06/10/2014 - 20:00
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

World’s Oldest Man Dies Two Months After Achieving Title

06/08/2014 - 20:00

The world’s oldest man, a New Yorker who attempted to flee the Nazi rise to power in Poland in 1939, died at the age of 111.


Liberators’ PTSD Now Coming Into Sharper View

Post-traumatic stress among soldiers who helped free camps gets rare look at L.I. conference.

06/04/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Seymour Kaplan was with his battalion in Munich, Germany, on April 29, 1945, when he was ordered into a jeep and driven 10 miles to the Dachau concentration camp. The young solider from Brooklyn was to be among the initial group of American soldiers to enter, passing under the cruelly ironic “Arbeit Macht Frei” (“Work Will Set You Free”) sign.

Seymour Kaplan suffered after helping liberate Dachau. Michael Datikash/JW

Has Bibi Been Too Effective?

It is possible to be too successful? 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deserves great credit for focusing global attention on the potential Iranian nuclear threat.  Threats to wipe Israel off the map cannot be dismissed as the rantings of a crazy man when his government is secretly building nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them while fomenting terrorism against the Jewish state. 

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