Social Networking The Archives

New JDC site makes it easier to find and share Holocaust-era stories and photos.
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A refugee from Nazi Germany who spent much of World War II in Shanghai and came to the United States in 1947, Claus Hirsch was scanning some wartime photographs one recent day — and he spotted a familiar face.

Claus Hirsch found his picture on the JDC’s new website. Photo Courtesy JDC

Florida Survivors Shift Course On Insurance Giant Allianz

Group protests at golf tournament as part of new pressure campaign in uphill battle for justice.
Staff Writer

Boca Raton, Fla. — These aging Holocaust survivors were teed off.

Last Sunday, on a cool Florida morning, an estimated 75 survivors and their supporters gathered on a street corner here just outside the gates of Old Course at the Broken Sound Country Club. Inside, professional golfers on the senior tour were competing in the fifth annual Allianz Championship.

Allianz protesters in Florida

Deal Reached For Needy Survivors

After negotiations with Claims Conference, Germany doubles home care funds for the low-income elderly, ensuring ‘minimum standard’ of ‘dignity.’
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At the age of 89, Holocaust survivor Joseph Friedman is finding it difficult to live alone in Flatbush.

Gregory Schneider

Fresh Scrutiny Of Claims Conference Allocations

In wake of fraud revelation, group to move on new disbursement committee.
Staff Writer

As the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany seeks to root out additional cases of fraud, the $42.5 million scandal that has rocked the organization has rekindled dissatisfaction with the group’s annual allocation of tens of millions of dollars.

To address those growing complaints, Julius Berman, the Claims Conference chairman, told The Jewish Week he plans to announce “in a couple of days” appointments to a long-delayed special committee that is to review past and future disbursements.

Claims Conference chair Julius Berman

Gerda Weissman Klein, Survivor and Educator, Receives Freedom Medal


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A Holocaust survivor who teaches children the value of citizenship is among those who will be honored by President Obama with a Medal of Freedom.

Gerda Weissman Klein, who survived the notorious death march at the end of the war, designed by Nazis to keep Jews from being rescued, recently founded Citizenship Counts, "an organization that teaches students to cherish the value of their American citizenship," the White House said in a statement Wednesday.

‘Safe Haven’ Report Lacks Historical Context

Special To The Jewish Week

The recent revelation that U.S. government officials gave aid and comfort to some Nazi war criminals and collaborators for several decades is as shocking as Claude Rains' discovery in Casablanca that gambling was going on in Rick’s Café. It has long been known, for example, that SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain) Klaus Barbie, who headed the Gestapo in Lyon, France, from 1942 until 1944 and who ordered the deportation of Jewish orphans to Auschwitz, subsequently became an agent of the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps.

Claims Conference Insiders Nabbed In $42 Million Fraud

Scheme to rip off German government went back to 1994.
Staff Writer

An 11-month federal investigation into allegedly fraudulent Holocaust reparation claims resulted in the announced arrest this week of 17 Brooklyn residents — including six insiders — on charges that they bilked the Claims Conference out $42.5 million.

Claims Conference’s Greg Schneider said it is believed that some of the Jews who provided the ringleaders with their identificat

Connecting With A Holocaust Hero’s Son

Ernie Michel finally meets Dieter Heyman, whose father helped him survive Auschwitz.
Staff Writer

It has been 67 years since another inmate, Stefan Heyman, saved Ernest Michel from what he considered certain death in Auschwitz.

As Michel recalls it, Heyman chose the young man to record in the Nazi’s logbook the names of all Jewish inmates who were murdered each day in the gas chambers there.

Michel, now 87, had studied calligraphy before the war, and the recording job ensured that he had extra food and would be protected.

“You won’t be sent up the chimney,” Michel said Heyman, who was not Jewish, told him.

Mannheim Mayor Peter Kurz, left, with Ernest Michel at event Tuesday marking the anniversary of Kristallnacht.

The Good Life, July, 2010

Linking the younger and older generations, from here to Israel.


Bruce Feiler’s surrogate fathers … Young people connecting with Holocaust survivors … Following the kids to Israel.

The Good Life, July 2010

EXCLUSIVE: FBI Expands Probe In Fraud At Holocaust Claims Conference

Staff Writer

(POSTED MONDAY, JULY 5, 1:30 p.m.)  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has widened its probe into allegedly fraudulent Holocaust-era claims that could have bilked the German government out of millions of dollars, The Jewish Week has learned.

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