World War II

Death Of 100-Year-Old Italian Nazi Leads To Unrest


Italians rioted and shouted “murderer” as the hearse carrying the body of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke made its way to a Rome church for his funeral.

Italians Riot At Fringe Catholic Funeral Procession For Nazi War Criminal

Staff Writer

Italians rioted and shouted "murderer" as the hearse carrying the body of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke made its way to a Rome church for burial by the fringe Catholic organization that stepped up to do the deed when several governments refused Priebke's body.

How Jewish GIs Observed Rosh Hashanah In World War II

Special To The Jewish Week

By the end of World War II, some 550,000 American Jewish men and women had served in the military forces from the South Pacific to the European theater.

Yom Hazikaron and Memorial Day: How We Remember

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Remembering those brave men and women who have fallen in battle in defense of their homeland is any country's solemn responsibility.  A commitment to remember their ultimate sacrifice is the most effective guarantee that their lives will not have been lost in vain.  Those who survive them, and live free because of them, owe them at least this much, and of course so much more...

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

Steve Lipman's Jewish Spin

In Carnival Triumph disaster, echoes of the SS St. Louis.

Staff Writer

During a visit last week to relatives who live in the Houston area, the big news story there – besides the grossly overhyped NBA All-Star game at the Toyota Center – was the Carnival Triumph. That’s the cruise ship that drifted for several days in the Caribbean Sea.

The Carnival Triumph makes its way, with assistance, up Mobile Bay. Getty Images

‘Simon And The Oaks’ Has Too Many Branches

Swedish film, set during the Nazi era, suffers from inconsistency.

Special To The Jewish Week

The nuclear family breeds secrets, lies, resentment and anguish. The Jews have known that since Eve enticed Adam with a lunch snack. The entire book of Genesis is a catalog of such behaviors, and it could be argued that all Western literature has followed its example. It would be absurd to expect filmmakers to do otherwise.

In Lisa Ohlin's film, the lives of a working-class boy and the son of wealthy Jewish refugees intersect in World War II Sweden.

Bergson’s Boy

From a nondescript stationery shop on West 15th Street, Eli Matz keeps a lone flame burning for the ideas Peter Bergson championed in Israel after the war.

Special to the Jewish Week

The world needs heroes. And so, sometimes, do the heroes themselves.

Dashing and deadly earnest, Peter Bergson fought, as few others dared, for the lives of endangered European Jews at the height of World War II.

Eli Matz boosts the memory of Peter Bergson.

No Place For Children

‘Winter in Wartime’ and ‘The Gift to Stalin’ put kids in some unforgiving spots.

Special To The Jewish Week

In the 1960s there was a popular poster and bumper sticker that proclaimed, “War Is Not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things.” Political repression isn’t good for them either. Those are the messages carried by two new films opening on March 18, “The Gift to Stalin,” from Kazakhstan, and “Winter in Wartime,” from the Netherlands.

A Jewish boy (Dalen Schintemirov) is adopted caretaker in Rustem Abdrashev’s “The Gift to Stalin.”

Poems, by Hannah Senesh

This week I wrote a review of the Hannah Senesh exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.  A  wealthy Jewish girl from Hungary, Senesh immigrated to Palestine in 1939, when she was 17.  After a few years there, however, she felt isolated from world events: put simply, the war in Europe.  So when the British organized a Jewish brigade in Palestine to help them rescue Allied forces caught behind enemy lines, she signed on.  

Nazis Found ‘Safe Haven’ in U.S., Report Says


(JTA) -- American intelligence officials created a "safe haven" for Nazis in the United States after World War II, a secret U.S. Justice Department report said.

The 600-page report that the Justice Department has tried to keep secret for four years was obtained by the New York Times, the newspaper reported Saturday.

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