Holocaust

Exploiting The Holocaust For Personal Gain

10/19/2012

Menachem Youlus, the sofer, or Torah scribe, who peddled Torah scrolls that he falsely claimed had “survived” the Holocaust, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court on October 11 to 51 months in jail, followed by three years probation.  He got what he deserved.

'Joe The Plumber' In Hot Water Over Holocaust Reference

Samuel Wurzelbacher, who gained fame in 2008 as “Joe the Plumber” who posed a question to Barack Obama -- and is now running for Congress in Ohio --  is garnering unwanted attention for suggesting that Nazi gun control laws contributed to the Holocaust.

“In 1939, Germany established gun control,” a narrator says in a campaign video posted Monday for Wurzelbacher, who is seen shooting fruit and vegetables with a shotgun. “From 1939 to 1945, 6 million Jews and 7 million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.”

Poles And The Holocaust: Another Side Of The Coin

Have you ever heard of Wincenty and Lucja Baranek, Adam and Bronislawa Kowalski or Josef and Wiktoria Ulma?

If not, you’re not alone.

They’re not well-known either in Poland, their homeland, where each of the couples risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

Poland has taken a step to recognize the heroes, recently issuing commemorative coins to honor them: all Catholics, all killed for their actions.

The significance of the gesture transcends the world of numismatism.

A Polish coin honors Irena Sendler, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka and Matylda Getter for saving Jews.

Poland And The Death Camps: Setting The Record Straight

06/12/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

It should be simple to make the proper distinction: Poland has a long and not distinguished history of anti-Semitism, including before, during, and after World War II. But it was not responsible for the death camps and the Holocaust.

Abraham H. Foxman

Yad Vashem Vandalized With Anti-Semitic Graffiti

06/11/2012

 

Vandals spray painted anti-Israel and anti-Semitic graffiti at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

The slogans written in Hebrew, including "Hitler, thank you for the Holocaust," "If Hitler did not exist, the Zionists would have invented him," and "The war of the Zionist regime is not the war of the Jewish people," were mostly found at the entrance to the museum and concentrated near the Warsaw Ghetto Square and the memorial to the deportees.

The Role of Jewish Priests: A Matter of Life and Death

05/15/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Jewish priests (Kohannim) are prohibited from attending funerals or encountering the dead (unless it is a close relative). How can the leaders of society neglect one of the most important aspects of community service? Here we learn a value of humility, empowerment, life, and transparency.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek, director of Jewish life and senior Jewish educator at UCLA Hillel.

Making Mischief Of One Kind. And Another.

Remembering Maurice Sendak, who sublimated his unhappy Brooklyn Jewish childhood into literary success.

05/08/2012
Staff Writer

‘Oh please don’t go — we’ll eat you up — we love you so!”

That’s what the Wild Things say to Max when he abandons them to return to his mother, and his supper. It’s an expression of grief that surely rings true to countless children and former children who woke May 8 to learn that Maurice Sendak, creator of “Where the Wild Things Are” and several other beloved children’s books had died earlier that day at 83 of complications from a recent stroke.

Sendak based the Wild Things on aunts and uncles who scared him as a child. Getty Images

On Maurcie Sendak, Adam Yauch, and the Death of Jewish Brooklyn Bohemia

If the death this weekend of Adam Yauch, 47—the Beastie Boys founder, nicknamed MCA—was not enough, today came another blow: the death of Maurice Sendak, at 83.  Both were Jewish artists, pioneers in their respective genres, and both were Brooklyn-born.  That they were born some 35 years apart, and came from worlds quite diff

Obama Adds Bob Dylan, Madeleine Albright To Freedom Medal List

04/27/2012

Madeleine Albright, Bob Dylan, Shimon Peres and Jan Karski will be among 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The list was released Thursday. President Obama had previously announced that he was set to confer the medal on Peres, the Israeli president, and Karski, the late Polish resistance fighter who was among the first to document the Nazi genocide.

Obama Adds Bob Dylan, Madeleine Albright To Freedom Medal List

04/27/2012

Madeleine Albright, Bob Dylan, Shimon Peres and Jan Karski will be among 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The list was released Thursday. President Obama had previously announced that he was set to confer the medal on Peres, the Israeli president, and Karski, the late Polish resistance fighter who was among the first to document the Nazi genocide.

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