Page 30«..1020..29303132..4050..»

‘The people of Israel live’: President Herzog comments on protest outside Dutch Holocaust museum – The Jerusalem Post

Posted By on March 13, 2024

During a visit to the Rosh Pina Jewish School in Amsterdam on Monday, President Isaac Herzog, accompanied by the leaders of the Dutch Jewish community, commented on the mass anti-Israel, pro-Gaza demonstration that took place during the inauguration ceremony outside the ancient Portuguese Synagogue where it was held.

He said the demonstration was very aggressive, but it did not frighten anyone attending the ceremony inside.However, he felt that his Dutch hosts were angry and embarrassed by such violent and disrespectful behavior, especially during the inauguration of a National Holocaust Museum.

In an open conversation with the students, Herzog was asked whether he had a message for them.

He replied that he had more than one. The people of Israel live. Dont forget that. We are a nation that has experienced hell and the most shocking atrocities. Yet we rebuilt ourselves and the beautiful State of Israel, which we defend. We have to keep on building, and we must safeguard Israels open, multicultural democracy and the Jewish tradition.

Herzog also met with presumptive Dutch prime minister Geert Wilders, who promised that the Netherlands would fight terrorism in all its forms.

Continued here:

'The people of Israel live': President Herzog comments on protest outside Dutch Holocaust museum - The Jerusalem Post

America and the Holocaust –

Posted By on March 13, 2024

Warsaw Community Public Library is one of 50 U.S. libraries newly selected to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association that examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.

Read the original:

America and the Holocaust -

At Oscars, ‘Zone of Interest’ director calls out ‘Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked’ by Israel – St. Louis Jewish Light

Posted By on March 13, 2024

By PJ Grisar, The Forward


The historical drama The Zone of Interest focuses on the SS Nazi Commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Hss who lives with his family in a home next to the concentration camp.

This story was originally published in the Forward. Click here to get the Forwards free email newsletters delivered to your inbox.

Director Jonathan Glazer denounced Israels prosecution of the war against Hamas in his acceptance speech for Best International Feature at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, linking what he called dehumanization in the ongoing attack in Gaza and in Israel during Oct. 7 to the Holocaust setting of his film The Zone of Interest.

The film, which tracks the daily lives of the overseer of Auschwitz and his family, Glazer said, was made to reflect and confront us in the present not to say, Look what they did then, rather, Look what we do now,

Our film shows where dehumanization leads at its worst. It shaped all of our past and present, he said, adding that he resents Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked by an occupation which has led to conflict for so many innocent people. Whether the victims of October the 7th in Israel or the ongoing attack on Gaza, all the victims of this dehumanization, how do we resist?

Glazer, wearing glasses, read from a paper and appeared anxious. The audience responded with applause, and the lead actress in Zone of Interest, Sandra Hller, watched him in tears.

A number of stars wore red lapel pins from the group Artists for Ceasefire during Sundays ceremony, including Mahershala Ali, Mark Ruffalo and Billie and Finneas Eilish, and Ramy Youssef, who explained the button on the red carpet.

Were calling for peace and justice lasting justice for the people of Palestine, Youssef, star of the hit show Ramy, told Variety. And I think its a universal message of just: Lets stop killing kids. Lets not be part of more war.

Later in the evening, Mstyslav Chernov, the Ukrainian journalist whose 20 Days in Mariupol took the Oscar for Best Documentary, spoke similarly about the tragedy that unfolded there.

I will probably be the first director on this stage to say that I wish I had never made this film, Chernov said. I wish to be able to exchange this for Russia never attacking Ukraine, never invading our cities. I wish to be able to exchange this for Russian not killing 10,000 of my fellow Ukrainians.

Glazers speech marks the highest profile invocation of the Israel-Hamas war and the first to be rooted in Jewish identity during this awards season. It was notable, too, for calling out dehumanization also directed at the victims of Oct. 7.

At the Grammy Awards, Annie Lennox called for a ceasefire after her tribute to Sinead OConnor.

At previous awards shows, members of Glazers team have mentioned the dehumanization central to the film. His producer, James Wilson, also tied the film to innocent people killed in Gaza or Yemen at the BAFTAs the British Oscars. Composer Mica Levi, accepting their award from the London Critics Circle last month called for a ceasefire and change in the Middle East.

Numerous articles about The Zone of Interest, notably one by David Klion last week in The New York Times, saw in the film a parable for the suffering Gaza and the numbness onlookers might feel in the face of it.

Glazer dedicated his win to a woman named Alexandria who he met while researching the film. An unnamed character in the film, a Polish girl who planted fruit for prisoners in the trenches outside Auschwitz, was based on Alexandria, who told Glazer she had done just that when she was 12.

View original post here:

At Oscars, 'Zone of Interest' director calls out 'Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked' by Israel - St. Louis Jewish Light

Why the director of ‘One Life’ wasn’t afraid to make a feel-good Holocaust movie – Haaretz

Posted By on March 13, 2024

News Life and Culture Columnists and Opinion Haaretz Hebrew and TheMarker Partnerships, the online English edition of Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, gives you breaking news, analyses and opinions about Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Read more here:

Why the director of 'One Life' wasn't afraid to make a feel-good Holocaust movie - Haaretz

Guardian of Vatican secrets: Pius XII took his reason for Holocaust silence to the grave – ROME REPORTS TV News Agency

Posted By on March 13, 2024

Few know that the organization behind the 1922 conclave faced serious financial difficulties. Or that inside the Vatican there were cardinals who became Mussolini's spies. Or that Galileo contrary to what many believewas not tortured.

These are just some of the stories known to the Vatican archivist, Bishop Sergio Pagano. He has been organizing the thousands of documents in the Vatican Apostolic Archives for decades and knows the ins and outs of many controversial episodes.

Some of those stories have been captured in the book Secretum, where, for the first time, Pagano speaks at length about many aspects of Vatican history.

For example, Bishop Pagano came to the conclusion that Benedict XV, the pope of World War I, poorly chose his collaborators which led to financial problems.

BP. SERGIO PAGANO Prefect, Vatican Apostolic Archives He had weaknesses in friendships. So when he died in 1922, his safe was empty. Money had to be borrowed from the United States to make the conclave possible.

Pope John Paul II asked Pagano to study in depth the material on the trial of Galileo. In the book, the archivist recalls how there was a cardinal who invited him to his home to tell him this:

If you find among Galileo's documents anything that could harm the Church, destroy it."

By studying Vatican documents, Pagano has even developed his own idea on why Pope Pius XII did not condemn the Holocaust during the war.

BP. SERGIO PAGANO Prefect, Vatican Apostolic Archives The further we proceeded in our research, we discovered more letters even from German Catholics denouncing the extermination camps to the Pope. But at the same time, they told the Pope: don't talk. Don't reveal your sources because we risk our lives. I believe that he did not want to say anything because of the terrible idea about Hitler's madness that he had when he was nuncio in Germany. It would have caused such a fire that would have devastated Europe even more and would have provoked an infinite massacre. This is what I believe, although whatever was the real reason for his silence, he took to his grave. He was well aware of what his silence implied.

Pagano acknowledges that the Vatican's history is troubled, but says he has seen more light than shadows in its archives.

"Now people want to make others believe that the Church is made up of pedophiles, of unbalanced, deluded people, but it is not true at all.

Pagano insists that when interpreting history, it is very important not to lose sight of the context that the events took place.


Read the original:

Guardian of Vatican secrets: Pius XII took his reason for Holocaust silence to the grave - ROME REPORTS TV News Agency

One of youngest Holocaust survivors brings new story to remembrance to Cedar Rapids – The Gazette

Posted By on March 13, 2024

Erika Schwartz and her mother, Jolan Hornstein, appear in a June 1948 photo shortly after moving to New York. Schwartz, who was born in a Hungarian ghetto one day before Nazis sealed it off, escaped to Budapest in the nick of time, making her one of the youngest Holocaust survivors. The mother and daughter later moved to the United States after the war ended. (Erika Schwartz)

When Erika Schwartz started attending a Holocaust survivor group over 40 years ago, she didnt quite fit in.

Born in the Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, ghetto one day before the Nazis sealed it off in 1944, she had the paperwork to prove she is one of the youngest remaining survivors alive today at 79. But despite most of her entire family being murdered before World War II ended, it wasnt until about nine years ago that others started taking her story seriously.

As an infant, Schwartzs father helped her and her mother escape to Budapest with the right paperwork, where the two lived disguised as Christians into the early years of the Soviet Unions control. Her father, a labor camp escapee, lived on the run to avoid making his family a target. Before long, he was returned to the Hidegseg labor camp in Hungary and murdered, too.

At age 4, Erika was sent after her mother to the United States. It wasnt until she was about 70 that she started to tell the story.

I got the sense that people didnt really see me as a Holocaust survivor. I didnt remember people getting slaughtered in front of me, she said. The fact that Id lost my entire family didnt seem to matter. It was difficult to have that sense of loss and feel that it wasnt important enough that everyone else who remembered it was more important.

The Thaler Holocaust Remembrance Fund welcomes guest speaker Erika Schwartz. The Holocaust survivor will share her story at two appearances in Cedar Rapids.

Monday, April 1 at 7 p.m. at Coe Colleges Sinclair Auditorium, 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids

Tuesday, April 2 at 1:30 p.m. in Kirkwood Community Colleges Ballantyne Auditorium, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids

Events are free and no tickets are required. Tuesdays event will be available to watch via livestream at

For more information, call Jim Bernstein at (319) 573-2221.

Unlike many survivors, Schwartzs story starts with her mothers memories about how parents, grandparents, siblings and cousins were exterminated. But her mothers personal experience never recounted aloud to her affected her all the same.

After being emotionally destroyed by the loss of her entire family, her mother who had post-traumatic stress disorder led a nomadic lifestyle. By the time she was an adolescent, Schwartz had attended nine elementary schools.

Despite that her most vivid memory of Hungary was playing with pebbles around a train station as her mother left the country, she inherited all the same effects of trauma as an adult low self-esteem, bitterness and a struggle to find meaning in life that lasted until she was middle-aged.

After growing up with a mother who refused to talk about her personal experiences, Schwartz started to shun her family history, too. For about a third of her life, she refused to think, talk or read about what had happened as she battled depression.

I needed to reprogram what was in my head, the Missouri resident said.

The need to speak out wasnt realized until she was called at a religious ceremony in her former California home. In a room of about 350 people, survivors of the Holocaust were asked to stand to be honored.

She resisted the urge, until her husband jabbed her. After heeding his call, she was the only one in the room standing.

Thats when it hit me that, being one of the youngest Holocaust survivors, I had an obligation, she said. I needed to bear witness to what had happened to my family.

The next day, she called the Holocaust Museum in Los Angeles, where she learned how to document the story of her mother, and her own story.

Now, many of her lectures are geared toward students who have similarities: they have no firsthand memories of the Holocaust, and theyre growing up in an era when antisemitism is again on public display. Impacted by a history beyond her control, her story has touched students whose lives also have been a byproduct of their parents trauma.

With a message of hope, Erika tells stories of finding joy again. Today, she tells others how she lives a life happier than shes ever been against the backdrop of tragedies hard-earned through years of research that would alter her family forever.

I was walking around with my head in a black cloud until my mid-40s, she said. I had an epiphany that I didnt have to spend the rest of my life in that head space.

In addition to the story of those who impacted her, she tells the story others who cant speak even ones shes never met. In 2017, for example, she placed a headstone on her youngest aunts grave in Hungary, where for 73 years she had been buried anonymously.

With antisemitism on a rise and a sharp increase in violence against Jews domestically and abroad, her message plays a role for the next generation.

The most astonishing part is whats happening in this country and how brazenly open it is, Schwartz said.

She urges students today to study not just the Holocaust, but the events that led up to it and the parallels they have today for Jews and other marginalized groups through proliferating propaganda that have pitted groups against each other from all sides.

Youll see it happening in this country now, she said. Im not talking about just Jews.

Comments: Features reporter Elijah Decious can be reached at (319) 398-8340 or

See more here:

One of youngest Holocaust survivors brings new story to remembrance to Cedar Rapids - The Gazette

New Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam aims to tell full story of persecution of Dutch Jews – Euronews

Posted By on March 13, 2024

A new Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam aims to tell the full story of the persecution of Dutch Jews during World War II.

As Flip Delmonte walks around the soon to be opened National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam, he's reminded of the city's dark history.

Delmonte was just a baby when a relative and the Dutch resistance spirited him away from a teacher training college in Amsterdam's Jewish quarter during the Dutch capital's World War II Nazi Occupation.

His parents were detained across the street at a theatre used by the Germans as a collection point for Jews to be deported to death camps in eastern Europe.They were among the 102,000 Jews deported from the Netherlands and murdered in the camps.

The college Delmonte, now 80, was taken from as a baby has been transformed into the new museum that will be officially opened on 10 Marchby King Willem-Alexander.

The Jewish people were murdered. There are people, children who survived and we cannot forget them. They must be remembered also in the future, Delmonte, who is deaf, says through an interpreter.

The museum tells the story of the Holocaust throughvideo images, photos, scale models and mementoes of the Dutch victims of Nazi occupation.

Three-quarters of the pre-war Jewish population of the Netherlands were murdered by the Nazis, the largest proportion anywhere in Europe.

Head Curator Annemiek Gringold pulled together exhibition rooms that show the atrocities of the Holocaust, and also small mementoes of the lives lost - a collection of 10 buttons excavated from the grounds of Sobibor.

Perhaps this is the closest I can come to the thousands and thousands of anonymous people that were rushed into the gas chamber," Gringold says.

"This is something that they chose to wear, and it is one of the last items that they touched, she adds.

For Gringold, the museum opens at a vital time.The generation that survived the Shoah (Holocaust) is slowly leaving us, she says.

"It is our responsibility, we feel, in the Jewish Cultural Quarter, to tell their story from generation to the next. For the Netherlands, to know about this history, to be aware of where anti-Semitism might lead to in certain circumstances.

The walls of one room are filled from floor to ceiling with the texts of hundreds of laws discriminating against Jews that were enacted by the German occupiers of the Netherlands, to show how the Nazi regime, assisted by Dutch civil servants, dehumanized Jews ahead of operations to round them up and send them to their deaths.

Delmonte was happy to contribute a photograph to the museum, but he kept his most treasured keepsake for himself.

I have a cookie plate at home which used to be my mothers and my aunt has given that to me at my birthday," he says. "I still have that at home. So thats very special for me.

The National Holocaust Museum is situated in the Dutch capital's historic Jewish Quarter and officially opens on 10 March.

Video editor Theo Farrant

Continue reading here:

New Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam aims to tell full story of persecution of Dutch Jews - Euronews

At His Oscar Moment, Jonathan Glazer Hijacks His Jewishness and the Holocaust – Jewish Journal

Posted By on March 13, 2024

If you are a visitor of this website:

Please try again in a few minutes.

There is an issue between Cloudflare's cache and your origin web server. Cloudflare monitors for these errors and automatically investigates the cause. To help support the investigation, you can pull the corresponding error log from your web server and submit it our support team. Please include the Ray ID (which is at the bottom of this error page). Additional troubleshooting resources.

View original post here:

At His Oscar Moment, Jonathan Glazer Hijacks His Jewishness and the Holocaust - Jewish Journal

She Smuggled Love, Hope, and Dynamite Over the Ghetto Walls – USC Shoah Foundation |

Posted By on March 13, 2024

Not long after Feigele (Vladka) Peltels father died of pneumonia in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940, the 17-year-old found herself at a lecture about Yiddish author I.L. Peretz hosted by her social democratic youth group, Tsukunft (The Future). She doesnt precisely remember the talk, but she does recall the energy in the room.

I still remember the atmosphere, the uplift, that in the ghettowith so much starvation and the typhoid epidemic which started and hunger and miserywe were talking about literature. And a young girl was talking to older people, and they were listening... And this kind of hope was constantly in the life of the ghetto.

Vladka saw this kind of hope in the secret schools that arose after the Nazis prohibited Jews access to education. She saw it in the way youth groups organized in the Warsaw Ghetto, which at its height held 500,000 people. And she saw it in her mother, in the way she kept their home neat and her children fed despite having no money, no soap and hot water, and no husband.

It was not the guns and the revolt. But it was the inner strength, it was the tradition, the morality, the ethic which our mothers lived and our generations before us lived, and it was expressed in simple, little things, in 1,000 instances of resistance [that] we take it for granted, Vladka said in a 1996 interview for the USC Shoah Foundations Visual History Archive.

In her testimony, Vladka said much of that initial hope felt in the Warsaw Ghetto was crushed on July 22, 1942, when the deportations from Warsaw began, and, building by building, block by block, the Germans began clearing out the ghetto. Between July and September 1942, the Nazis deported more than 265,000 Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka death camp. Vladkas mother, Hanna, her younger sister, Henia, and her little brother, Chaim, were among those forced out of their homes and taken away in cattle cars.

By October 1942, when deportations paused, more than 20 youth groups and underground units had coalesced into a united front. And Vladka channeled her despair at losing her family into fighting the Nazis.

With her light complexion and high cheekbones, Vladka was asked to operate outside the ghetto, disguised as a Polish woman. Over the next few months, Vladka bribed guards and used secret passages to sneak in and out of the ghetto. She smuggled weapons in phony bottles and dynamite wrapped in greasy paper to look like butter. What she smuggled out of the ghetto was just as important: information that had come through the underground, including the first reports that nearly everyone deported to Treblinka was killed on arrival a devastating realization for Vladka about her own familys fate.

She had one of the first maps of the Treblinka death camp in her shoe when she met Benjamin Miedzyrzecki (later shortened to Meed), whom she recruited to work for the resistance. The two fell in love, even among the death and despair around them.

It was very important that I knew that I have somebody so close who cares, who, if I will not exist, is a person who will find out maybe, who will look for me, Vladka said.

When the Nazis restarted deportations from Warsaw in January 1943, Jewish defiance disrupted German efforts. The resistance received word of a final deportation just before Passover, and on April 19, 1943, some 700 young Jewish fighters fought back at German troops entering the ghetto.

When the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising started, Vladka was outside of the ghetto, still disguised as a Pole. She managed to get in contact with uprising leaders, and she began working to distribute appeals for help to resistance organizations outside the ghetto. But in the process, she and uprising leader Abraham Blum were arrested. With the help of her Polish collaborator, Vladka was able to get away. Abraham Blum was murdered by the Gestapo.

After weeks of hand-to-hand combat, the Germans began burning and leveling buildings. From the balcony of an apartment outside the ghetto walls, Vladka heard the gunfire, saw black smoke, and watched people jumping from windows.

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was quashed after 27 days. Some 7,000 Jews were killed, and 42,000 were deported. On May 16, the Nazis blew up the Great Synagogue of Warsaw, once the largest Jewish house of worship in the world. The entire ghetto had been destroyed.

Over the following months, Vladka and Benjamin worked to extricate fighters from underground bunkers in the rubble and those in hiding outside the ghetto. They helped get money and provisions to Jews in hiding, to partisan units, and to resistance cells in camps and ghettos around Poland.

In August 1944, Vladka fought alongside Poles in the Polish Uprising in Warsaw, a two-month battle between the Polish Home Army and the Germans. Vladka, Ben, and his parents survived disguised as Christians for the remaining few months of the war in a small village.

After the war, Vladka and Ben went back to Warsaw to find the few Jews who had survived in hiding and then moved to odz, where Vladka became the director of the Jewish Cultural Department, which was responsible for organizing the Jews who were trickling back into the city to look for lost family members.

Among those survivors in odz, Vladka saw the same signs of hope she had seen in the early days of the Warsaw ghettosurvivors still willing to pray, still wanting to live, to love, to sing.

None of my family survived. Absolutely nobody. ButI organized at that time, the first Jewish event ofsurvivors for survivors. I did it with all my soul, what I still had in me. And with Jewish songs, Vladka said in her testimony.

Vladka and Benjamin married in 1945 and moved to New York City the following year. A series of 27 articles Vladka wrote for the Yiddish Daily Forward became one of the earliest chronicles of the Holocaust. In 1948, she published a book, On Both Sides of the Wall, which was translated from Yiddish in 1972.

Benjamin, who died in 2006, gave his testimony to the Visual History Archive in 1999. Vladka and Benjamin had two children and five grandchildren and were founders of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, were involved in the establishment of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and created numerous educational, remembrance, and survivor resource organizations.

Vladka died in 2012.

For all the valor Vladka saw among the resistance fighters, in her testimony it was her mother and other mothers, she wanted to honor.

We talk about uprising. We talk about resistance. But about these simple, quiet, and dedicated souls, we give very little attention. And I think history has to see them a little bit more sharp, as they were.

Vladka Meed on the Aryan side of Warsaw, posing in Theater Square, 1944. ( From The Light of Days by Judy Batalion, William Morrow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Benjamin [Miedzyzecki] Meed)

Vladka Meeds false identification card, issued in the name of Stanisawa Wchalska, 1943.( From The Light of Days by Judy Batalion, William Morrow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Benjamin [Miedzyzecki] Meed)

Vladka Meed giving her testimony for USC Shoah Foundations Visual History Archive, 1996.

Read about resistance fighterFaye Schulman.

Read about resistance fighterAnna Heilman.

See Vladka Meeds full testimony here.

Vladka Meeds story was featured in The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitlers Ghettos by Judy Batalion. Watch Judy Batalion in conversation with Nancy Spielberg at a June 2021 event hosted by the USC Shoah Foundation, in partnership with Writer's Bloc and Holocaust Museum LA.

Read the original:

She Smuggled Love, Hope, and Dynamite Over the Ghetto Walls - USC Shoah Foundation |

USC Shoah Foundation partners with National Library of Israel – Park Labrea News/Beverly Press

Posted By on March 13, 2024

If you are a visitor of this website:

Please try again in a few minutes.

There is an issue between Cloudflare's cache and your origin web server. Cloudflare monitors for these errors and automatically investigates the cause. To help support the investigation, you can pull the corresponding error log from your web server and submit it our support team. Please include the Ray ID (which is at the bottom of this error page). Additional troubleshooting resources.

Visit link:

USC Shoah Foundation partners with National Library of Israel - Park Labrea News/Beverly Press

Page 30«..1020..29303132..4050..»

matomo tracker