Newly discovered photos show Nazi Kristallnacht up close
JERUSALEM — (AP) — Harrowing, previously unseen images from 1938's Kristallnacht pogrom against German and Austrian Jews have surfaced in a photograph collection donated to Israel's Yad Vashem memorial, the organization said Wednesday. Another image shows a Nazi officer splashing gasoline on the pews of a synagogue before it’s set alight. Yad Vashem — The World Holocaust Remembrance Center released the photographs on the 84th anniversary of the November pogrom also known as Kristallnacht, or “The Night of Broken Glass." Firefighters, SS special police officers and members of the general public are all seen in the photos participating in the Kristallnacht. His descendants, who declined to give his name, donated the album to Yad Vashem as part of the institution's effort to collect Holocaust-era objects kept by survivors and their families.wftv.com
Newly discovered photos show Nazi Kristallnacht up close
JERUSALEM — (AP) — Harrowing, previously unseen images from 1938's Kristallnacht pogrom against German and Austrian Jews have surfaced in a photograph collection donated to Israel's Yad Vashem memorial, the organization said Wednesday. One shows a crowd of smiling, well-dressed middle-aged German men and women standing casually as a Nazi officer smashes a storefront window. Yad Vashem — The World Holocaust Remembrance Center released the photographs on the 84th anniversary of the November pogrom also known as Kristallnacht, or “The Night of Broken Glass." Firefighters, SS special police officers and members of the general public are all seen in the photos participating in the Kristallnacht. His descendants, who declined to give his name, donated the album to Yad Vashem as part of the institution's effort to collect Holocaust-era objects kept by survivors and their families.wftv.com
Newly discovered photos show Nazi Kristallnacht up close
Harrowing, previously unseen images from 1938's Kristallnacht pogrom against German and Austrian Jews have surfaced in a photograph collection donated to Israel's Yad Vashem memorial, the organization said Wednesday. One shows a crowd of smiling, well-dressed middle-aged German men and women standing casually as a Nazi officer smashes a storefront window. Another image shows a Nazi officer splashing gasoline on the pews of a synagogue before it’s set alight.news.yahoo.com
Chicago Teachers Union calls for principal’s removal and students plan walkout after Jones College Prep student dresses up in apparent Nazi uniform
The student came to school on Halloween dressed in a German military uniform, goose stepped across a stage during a costume contest and gave a Nazi salute.chicagotribune.com
Schwarzenegger visits Auschwitz in message against hatred
OSWIECIM, Poland — (AP) — Film icon Arnold Schwarzenegger visited the site of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp on Wednesday, meeting a Holocaust survivor and the son of Holocaust survivors to deliver a message against prejudice and hatred. He stood alongside Simon Bergson, who was born after the war to Auschwitz survivors, and mentioned his own family history. “I was the son of a man who fought in the Nazi war and was a soldier,” the 75-year-old Schwarzenegger said. Schwarzenegger, who is originally from Austria, has spoken openly in the past about his father, Gustav Schwarzenegger, being a Nazi soldier during the war. Historians estimate that around 1.1 million people were killed at Auschwitz during the war.wftv.com
US court dismisses Nazi-era Guelph Treasure art dispute
BERLIN — (AP) — An American court has thrown out a lawsuit against a German museum foundation over a medieval treasure trove that was filed by heirs of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers, saying that the U.S. lacked jurisdiction to hear such a lawsuit. The Welfenschatz, or Guelph Treasure, which is at the center of a long-running ownership dispute, includes silver and gold crucifixes, altars, intricate silverwork and other relics worth more than 200 million euros (dollars). On Tuesday, the president of the museum foundation, also known as the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz or SPK, Herrmann Parzinger, welcomed the court decision. “SPK is pleased with the district court’s ruling, which affirms SPK’s long-held assessment that this lawsuit seeking the restitution of the Guelph Treasure should not be heard in a U.S. court," Parzinger said. “SPK has also long maintained that this lawsuit lacked merit, as the Guelph Treasure’s sale in 1935 was not a forced sale due to Nazi persecution," he added.wftv.com
Poles mark 1944 uprising against Nazis; compare to Ukraine
Poland Warsaw Uprising People stand on the city's main intersection holding national flags and flares to observe a minute of silence for the fighters and victims of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi German occupiers, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday Aug. 1, 2022. Poles are marking the 78th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, a doomed revolt against Nazi German forces during World War II. That was the hour when the uprising began on Aug. 1, 1944, after five years of brutal Nazi occupation. During that ceremony on Sunday, he met with a 95-year-old veteran of the Warsaw Uprising, Wanda Traczyk-Stawska, telling her "you are my idol." Poles in 1944 also felt betrayed by the Soviets, whose troops had arrived on the outskirts on Warsaw in their westward push against Adolf Hitler’s forces.wftv.com
Nazis show up outside Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa
A Holocaust center in Florida and others condemned the presence of protesters holding Nazi flags and posters with antisemitic imagery outside a convention of young conservative activists that drew as speakers President Donald Trump, Florida Gov, Ron DeSantis and several Republican U.S. senators.
101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard sentenced to 5 years for Holocaust crimes
101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard sentenced to 5 years for Holocaust crimes The accused Josef S. covers his face as he sits at the court room in Brandenburg, Germany, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. A 101-year-old man has been convicted of 3,518 counts of accessory to murder for serving at the Nazis' Sachsenhausen concentration camp during World War II. (AP Photo/Michele Tantussi) (MICHELE TANTUSSI/AP)BERLIN — A 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for Holocaust crimes. The man, German media identified as Josepf S., served at the Nazis’ Sachsenhausen concentration camp during World War II, according to the AP. Judge Udo Lechtermann said, according to the AP, that by working in the concentration camp for the three years he contributed to the Nazi terror and murder.wftv.com
Pope orders online release of WWII-era Pius XII Jewish files
Pope Francis has ordered the online publication of 170 volumes of its Jewish files from the recently opened Pope Pius XII archives, the Vatican announced Thursday, amid renewed debate about the legacy of its World War II-era pope. The documentation contains 2,700 files of requests for Vatican help from Jewish groups and families, many of them baptized Catholics, so not actually practicing Jews anymore. The files were held in the Secretariat of State's archives and contain requests for papal intervention to avoid Nazi deportation, to obtain liberation from concentration camps or help finding family members.news.yahoo.com
German prosecutors seek 5 years for alleged ex-Nazi guard
Germany Nazi Trial File---File photo shows the defendant coming to the continuation of the trial of the Neuruppin Regional Court, May 16, 2022. According to the indictment, the former concentration camp guard, who is now 101 years old, knowingly and willingly assisted in the murder of camp inmates in 3518 cases between 1942 and 1945 at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin. Photo (Fabian Sommer/dpa via AP) (Fabian Sommer)BERLIN — (AP) — German prosecutors on Tuesday sought a five-year prison sentence for a 101-year-old man who is on trial for his alleged role as a Nazi SS guard at a concentration camp during World War II. He has told the court that he didn't know the Sachsenhausen camp. Prosecutors have pointed to documents on an SS guard with the man's name and date and place of birth.wftv.com
Detective interviews suspect after Jewish UCF student attacked at neo-Nazi rally
Months after three men were arrested and accused of attacking a Jewish victim during a Nazi rally in Orange County, the sheriff’s office released video interviews with one of the suspects claiming he did not commit a hate crime.
Student drawings of Nazi party, Hitler displayed in Osceola County high school under investigation
VIDEO: Student drawings of Nazi party, Hitler displayed in Osceola County high school under investigation Student drawings of Nazi party, Hitler displayed in Osceola County high school under investigation, Fla. — An investigation is underway tonight over drawings referencing the Nazi party and Adolf Hitler in Harmony High School. The principal said he didn’t know about the drawings and would look into it, then directed us to a district spokesperson who said the pictures were inappropriate. In a prepared statement, the school district said, “The drawings have been removed. Nowhere in our Curriculum Unit Plans that teachers follow are students asked to create such items as part of any approved lessons. “That’s a hate symbol.”It’s not immediately clear if the drawings were part of some assignment.wftv.com
Actor Ron Perlman calls Florida Gov. DeSantis a 'Nazi piece of s***' over parental rights bill, gets blasted
Actor Ron Perlman was blasted on Twitter after posting a video message to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis calling him a “piece of sh**” and a “Nazi” for signing a controversial parental rights bill in Florida.news.yahoo.com
Future Holocaust museum’s opening has been delayed; here’s why
APTOPIX Germany Holocaust A person walks behind the gate of the Sachsenhausen Nazi death camp with the phrase 'Arbeit macht frei' (work sets you free) in Oranienburg, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. On Thursday Jan. 27, 2022 the International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp on Jan. 27, 1945. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) (Markus Schreiber)ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal. The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida wants to delay the debut of its future downtown Orlando museum, citing a need for more time to fundraise another $10 million for the project that has yet to start construction. Read: Book aims to shine light on Romanian role in the HolocaustSee a map of the future museum site below:©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Gabriel Bach, who helped prosecute Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, dead at 94
Gabriel Bach dies. Gabriel Bach shows a photograph showing him during the trial of Adolf Eichmann in 1961. (Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images)Gabriel Bach, a member of the Israeli team that prosecuted Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, died Friday. >> Read more trending newsBach, a former Israeli Supreme Court justice, also served as a state prosecutor and deputy attorney general, The Jerusalem Post reported. His family fled Germany in 1938, settling first in Amsterdam and then moving to Palestine two years later, the news organization reported.wftv.com
Alabama school system faulted for response to Nazi salute
An Alabama school system's “disconcerting” response to complaints from a Jewish student that a teacher had classmates perform a Nazi salute shows a lack of commitment to diversity, an organization that promotes civil and human rights said Friday. While Mountain Brooks Schools issued a statement saying it was “deeply apologetic for the pain" caused by a lesson that “lacked sensitivity,” the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute questioned actions by the system, which previously ditched a diversity program produced by an organization that combats antisemitism. “It is in this light that we find a more recent incident involving the Nazi salute displayed by students in a Mountain Brook classroom particularly disconcerting, as it shows a conspicuous lack of preparation on the part of administrators to discuss, teach and lead in this area,” the city-owned educational institute said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
Jewish student reprimanded for revealing class' Nazi salute
A Jewish high school student said he couldn't believe what was going on when a history teacher in a wealthy Alabama school system had classmates stand and give a stiff-armed Nazi salute during a lesson on the way symbols change. Once he shared a video and photos of the incident on social media, Ephraim Tytell said, he received a reprimand from school administrators in Mountain Brook, a suburb of Birmingham. “They proceeded to tell me that I’m making Mountain Brook look bad for uploading the video and sharing it and asked me to apologize to my teacher, which I refused to,” he told WIAT-TV.news.yahoo.com
Kosovo stops renovation of house linked to Nazi collaborator
MITROVICA, Kosovo — (AP) — Authorities in Kosovo on Wednesday suspended the restoration of an old house linked to an Albanian official who was a notorious Nazi collaborator during World War II. The project, funded by the European Union and Kosovo's Culture Ministry, had become a target of criticism from Germany and antisemitism accusations. Kosovar authorities said they would seek alternatives for a new cultural center that had been planned for the restored property. Culture minister Ceku rejected the suggestion that Kosovo was "a denier of (the) Holocaust.”“We as a nation have given numerous historical evidences for sheltering and rescuing Jewish people,” Ceku told The Associated Press. The European Commission, Kosovo’s Culture Ministry and the United Nations Development Program.wftv.com
Demonstrators wearing swastikas yell anti-Semitic slurs gather in Waterford Lakes over the weekend
WATERFORD LAKES, Fla. — Demonstrators yelled anti-Semitic slurs in Waterford Lakes on Saturday. On Sunday, drivers on I-4 spotted people with Nazi insignia over the interstate. The demonstrations come just one week after someone distributed anti-Semitic fliers to beachside homes in Brevard County. People passing by the Orlando demonstrations sent Channel 9 video showing people wearing swastikas and can be heard loudly taunting others. Unfortunately, I think the reality is, it’s always been here.”In a statement, Orange County deputies said, “”No arrests were made and the group left the area.wftv.com
Whoopi Goldberg Offers Her ‘Sincerest Apologies’ for Saying the Holocaust Isn’t About Race
Dia DipasupilWhoopi Goldberg offered her “sincerest apologies” on Monday “for the hurt I have caused” by saying on The View earlier in the day that there was nothing racial about the Holocaust.Discussing a Tennessee school board’s ban of the award-winning Holocaust graphic novel Maus, Goldberg had said Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution” was “not about race”—even though the Holocaust was set in motion over Nazism’s belief in an Aryan “master race.” This clip of Whoopi Goldberg saying that the Holocanews.yahoo.com
UN approves resolution condemning denial of Nazi Holocaust
The U_N_ General Assembly has approved an Israeli-sponsored resolution condemning any denial of the Holocaust and urging all nations and social media companies “to take active measures to combat antisemitism and Holocaust denial or distortion.”.
Germany drops probe of former Nazi guard deported from US
FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 file photo people walk behind the writing 'Holocaust' during the international Holocaust remembrance day in the former the Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany. Friedrich Karl Berger, a 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard, was deported to his native Germany on orders from a Tennessee court. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)BERLIN – German prosecutors said Wednesday that they have dropped an investigation of a 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard after he declined to be questioned following his deportation from the United States. Friedrich Karl Berger arrived in his native Germany in February after being ordered deported by a court in Memphis last year. The Memphis court found, however, that Berger had helped guard prisoners during a forced evacuation that took nearly two weeks and claimed the lives of 70 people.
3 Russian military pilots killed when ejection seats accidentally activate
(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)MOSCOW – Three members of a Russian bomber's air crew died Tuesday when their ejection seats accidentally activated during preflight checks, the military said. The Russian Defense Ministry said the incident happened at an airbase in the Kaluga region, about 145 kilometers (90 miles) southwest of Moscow. It said the crew of a Tu-22M3 long-range bomber was preparing for a training mission when its ejection system malfunctioned and accidentally shot the crew out. Russian news reports said the fourth crew member survived the incident and was hospitalized. About 60 are estimated to remain in service with the Russian air force, and some have flown bombing missions to strike militants in Syria from their bases in Russia.
Germany: Nazi guard deported from US agrees to be questioned
Authorities say the 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard deported from Tennessee has agreed to be questioned by German prosecutors as they re-examine whether there is enough evidence against him to bring charges. Berger arrived Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, in Frankfurt on a special flight from the U.S. after being ordered deported to his native Germany by a court in Memphis last year. (U.S. Department of Justice via AP)BERLIN – A 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard deported from Tennessee has agreed to be questioned by German prosecutors as they re-examine whether there is enough evidence against him to bring charges, authorities said Monday. A U.S. immigration judge ordered Berger deported a year ago after finding that his “willing service as an armed guard of prisoners at a concentration camp where persecution took place” constituted assistance in Nazi-sponsored persecution. The Memphis court found, however, that Berger had helped guard prisoners during a forced evacuation that took nearly two weeks and claimed the lives of 70 people.
Putin signs extension of last Russia-US nuclear arms treaty
Russia and the United States exchanged documents Tuesday Jan. 26, 2021, to extend the New START nuclear treaty, their last remaining arms control pact, the Kremlin said. The Kremlin readout of a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin said they voiced satisfaction with the move. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a bill extending the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the United States a week before the pact was due to expire. Both houses of the Russian parliament voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the New START treaty for five years. After both Moscow and Washington withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 2019, New START is the only remaining nuclear arms control deal between the two countries.
Russian parliament OKs New START nuclear treaty extension
Russia and the United States exchanged documents Tuesday Jan. 26, 2021, to extend the New START nuclear treaty, their last remaining arms control pact, the Kremlin said. The Kremlin readout of a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin said they voiced satisfaction with the move. Both houses of parliament voted unanimously to extend the New START treaty for five years, a day after a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Biden indicated during the campaign that he favored the preservation of the New START treaty, which was negotiated during his tenure as U.S. vice president. After both Moscow and Washington withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 2019, New START is the only remaining nuclear arms control deal between the two countries.
'We owe this to them': Shoah survivors in vaccine spotlight
“We owe this to them,” said Erika Jakubovits, who organized the capital vaccination drive for the Jewish Community of Vienna. In a similar project to that in Vienna, the Jewish community of Bratislava in Slovakia also vaccinated Holocaust survivors on Wednesday. Because Israel's vaccination campaign has moved so quickly, officials said there was no need to single out Holocaust survivors. Still, about 900 Holocaust survivors died of COVID-19 in Israel last year before vaccines were available and about 5,300 survivors were infected, according to Israel's national statistics office. With World War II having ended more than three-quarters of a century ago, the world’s approximately 240,000 Holocaust survivors are all elderly.
Auschwitz survivors mark anniversary online amid pandemic
Most observances were held online, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and only few people attended the ceremony at the monument. In Israel, some 900 Holocaust survivors died from COVID-19 out of 5,300 who were infected last year. Israel, which counts 197,000 Holocaust survivors, officially marks its Holocaust remembrance day in the spring. Meanwhile, Luxembourg signed a deal agreeing to pay reparations and to restitute dormant bank accounts, insurance policies and looted art to Holocaust survivors. Of the 6 million Jewish victims, some 1.5 million were children, and this year's commemorations included a special focus on them.
Holocaust survivors honored with online event amid pandemic
An annual event bringing together Holocaust survivors from around the world to mark the start of Hanukkah was held online for the first time Sunday Dec. 13, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)BERLIN – An annual event bringing together Holocaust survivors from around the world to mark the start of Hanukkah was held online for the first time Sunday due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event organized by the Jewish Claims Conference also paid tribute to those killed by the Nazis and raised awareness of anti-Semitism. Among the survivors who spoke was Walter Breindel, who fled Austria at the age of four with his mother and brother. “Hopefully next year it will not be a memory but we shall be together in reality,” he said.
Germany bans far-right, pro-Nazi group; Police raid homes
BERLIN – More than 180 police officers raided homes in three German states early Tuesday after the German government banned a far-right group, the interior ministry said. The homes of 11 members of the far-right group Wolfsbrigade 44 were searched in Hesse, Mecklenburg West-Pomerania and North Rhine-Westphalia to confiscate the group's funds and far-right propaganda material, the German news agency dpa reported. The far-right group, founded in 2016, is also known for its anti-Semitic and racist ideology as well as its violent and aggressive appearances in public and on social media. Earlier this year, the German government banned other far-right groups including the Combat 18 and the Nordadler, dpa reported. “There isn't any room in the military for enemies of the constitution,” Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said in a statement.
Facebook bans Holocaust denial, distortion posts
The decision comes amid a push by Holocaust survivors around the world who lent their voices to a campaign targeting Zuckerberg beginning this summer, urging him to take action to remove Holocaust denial posts from the social media site. The group tracked more anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. last year than at an any time over the past four decades, and has said it continues to find Holocaust denial groups on Facebook, some hidden and most private. Facebook said Monday it would immediately begin removing Holocaust denial posts from Facebook and Instagram, which it owns, but it could take some time to train the company's technical systems and human moderators to enforce it on a global scale. Several other groups that had pushed for Facebook to take a stricter line on Holocaust denial said Monday's move was an important step. “Facebook is showing that it recognizes Holocaust denial for what it truly is — a form of antisemitism and therefore hate speech,” Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, said in a prepared statement.
IOC apologizes, deletes tweet about 1936 Berlin Olympics
GENEVA The IOC apologized on Friday and deleted a Twitter message which some saw as celebrating Nazi Germanys hosting of the 1936 Olympics. We apologize to those who feel offended by the film of the Olympic Games Berlin 1936, the IOC wrote on Friday. The official museum at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp added its reply to the IOC in the message thread on Friday. Owens taught a resounding lesson to the Nazi regime, shattering its despicable fascist claims of racial superiority, the IOC wrote on Friday. Brundage, the IOC president for 20 years until 1972, has long been criticized for racist views and being a Nazi sympathizer at the Berlin Olympics where he led the United States team.
Supreme Court agrees to hear Nazi art case
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear a case involving the descendants of a group of Jewish art dealers from Germany who say their ancestors were forced to sell a collection of religious art to the Nazi government in 1935. A lower court allowed the case to go forward, but Germany asked the Supreme Court to weigh in. The justices also took a case involving Hungarian nationals suing Hungary over property taken from them during World War II. In the case involving Germany, the group of people who sued are descendants of art dealers who in 1929 together bought a collection of religious artworks from the 11th to 15th centuries known as the Guelph Treasure. An appeals court in Washington allowed the case to go forward in 2018.
Putin hails Nazi defeat in virus-delayed Red Square parade
Russian sailors march toward Red Square during the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The Victory Day parade normally is held on May 9, the nation's most important secular holiday, but this year it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Mikhail Voskresenskiy, Host Photo Agency via AP)
Piero Terracina, Rome Jew who survived Nazi death camp, dies
ROME – Piero Terracina, described as the last survivor among the Roman Jews who were deported from the Italian capital to Nazi death camps during World War II, has died at 91. But a few months later, as his family marked Passover in April 1944, he was arrested and deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camps with his family, where his parents, three siblings and other relatives perished. On Jan. 19, 1945, Terracina was forced to march, along with other remaining prisoners at the Birkenau camp, by Nazi officers. Jewish students in public schools, including Terracina, were expelled. This year a police escort was assigned to another Holocaust survivor among Italian Jews, Liliana Segre, who received death threats and hundreds of anti-Semitic insults.