Yad Vashem

‘To Salvage The Stories Of The Rescued’

Mounting urgency at Yad Vashem to find Righteous Gentiles, aided by technology.

05/04/2016 - 09:10
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — It’s a race against the clock, and against flagging memories.

But for the historical researchers — detectives, really — at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, museum and national archive, technology is giving them a big leg up in the race to identify and vet the stories of Righteous Gentiles.

Names of Righteous Gentiles are etched into a wall at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Wikimedia Commons

Turkey Hosts Holocaust Conference

10/23/2013 - 20:00
Staff writer

As relations between Israel and Turkey continue to deteriorate, Yad Vashem is to hold a Holocaust education seminar at a university in Istanbul this week, according to the Times of Israel.

False Heroes And The Holocaust: Disputing The ‘Brava Gente’

06/30/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Every age needs its heroes, so it seems. And in post-war Italy, a low level official named Giovanni Palatucci seemed to fit the bill. But recent reports challenge Palatucci’s legacy as the “Italian Schindler” and in so doing trigger a question, Why are we so attached to uplifting Holocaust narratives?

 Alexis Herr is a doctoral candidate at the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University.

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.
04/30/2013 - 20:00
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.

Will Yad Vashem Honor A Goering?

The strange case of Hermann Goering’s ‘righteous’ brother.
04/03/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

In the Third Reich, other than Hitler himself, was there a more infamous name than Goering — Germany’s second in command, the bombastic Reichsmarshall, commander of the Luftwaffe, and arch anti-Semite?

Believed by some to have aided endangered Jews, Albert Goering may be designated a “Righteous Gentile.” That’s Goering, as in…

VIDEO: White House Details Obama Mideast Visit

03/18/2013 - 20:00

The White House on Friday posted this preview of President Obama's Middle East trip this week, by Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser.

Taken with a couple of major league newspaper pieces, it adds up to a White House quid pro quo bid to the Israelis: We'll make pleasant noises about the Jewish connection to the land, you make pleasant noises about peace.


Muslims Leaders Visit Yad Vashem

11/26/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Few people notice when a delegation of visitors comes to Yad Vashem, when the members lay wreaths and stand silently and view the photographs of Nazi atrocity during the Holocaust. One delegation that visited Yad Vashem the other day drew notice — a group of French imams, leaders of their country’s Islamic community.

Photo By Getty Images

Yad Vashem Vandalized With Anti-Semitic Graffiti

06/10/2012 - 20:00


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.

‘We Looked On Him As A God’

How an ordinary Polish farmer labored extraordinarily to save a dozen Jews. And how a Brooklyn woman spent decades lobbying for his Righteous Gentile honor.
04/09/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Sometime in the summer of 1942, as the Nazi noose tightened around the Jews of Poland, Stanislaw Grocholski, a poor farmer who lived in a small village in the southeast part of the country, heard a disturbing rumor — some members of a Jewish family in the region, an old friend among them, had been spotted in one of the nearby fields.

Grocholski, a church-going Catholic, knew what the rumor meant — the Jews had escaped from their nearby town, Urzejowice, on the eve of a “resettlement” order and were hiding to save their lives.

Sally Frishberg, leading the fight to have Stanislaw Grocholski.
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