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Former Auschwitz Guard Asks God For Forgiveness At Trial

AP | Posted 07.01.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served in Auschwitz says he helped the death camp function in his role sorting cash and valuables...

British Schoolboys Who Stole Auschwitz Artifacts Walk Free With Suspended Sentence

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2015 | World

KRAKOW, Poland, June 23 (Reuters) - A Polish court on Tuesday found two British teenagers guilty of stealing historical artifacts during a school hist...

German Court Says Former Auschwitz SS Medic Unfit For Trial

AP | Posted 06.22.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — A German court says it will not proceed with the trial of a former SS sergeant who served as a medic in the Auschwitz death camp becau...

Pope: 'Great Powers' Did Nothing When Jews Were Taken To Auschwitz

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion

FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday denounced what he calls the "great powers" of the world for failing to act ...

Unlikely Ally in War Against Deniers: The Nazis

Eli Verschleiser | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Eli Verschleiser

Instead of throwing Oskar Groening in jail, President Obama could bring him along on his next nuclear negotiation session to teach the Iranians a thing or two about how and what happened.

Former Auschwitz Guard Again Fit For Trial

AP | Posted 05.12.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — The trial of a 93-year-old former Auschwitz death camp guard has resumed after the suspect was deemed fit to face the court following ...

Former Nazi Guard Oskar Groening Too Sick To Appear In Court

AP | Posted 05.07.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — A court session in the trial of a 93-year-old former Auschwitz death camp guard has been called off because he is sick. Presiding Jud...

A Missed Call From the Past

David Sable | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
David Sable

We need to confront hate before it loses its human connection, because when it does, all of our moral hand-wringing and good and decent intentions collapse in a pool of irrelevancy. There is a straight line from Auschwitz to Rwanda and Cambodia and Darfur and, sadly, more. What more can we do?

Emily Kassie

'There's No Such Thing As Closure:' Holocaust Survivor Disappointed After Testifying In Nazi Trial

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Kassie | Posted 05.02.2015 | World

Max Eisen (Photo by Emily Kassie, The Huffington Post) Max Eisen, an 86-year-old survivor of Auschwitz, entered a courtroom in Lüneburg, Germany,...

Arthur Miller and Vanessa Redgrave Meet in Playing for Time

Michael Radou Moussou | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts
Michael Radou Moussou

In an exclusive interview with director-producer Linda Yellen, who produced 35 years ago the now classic television-film Playing for Time, we will examine the various approaches of cinema on the subject of the Holocaust.

New French Films Tackle Barbarism

Annette Insdorf | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Annette Insdorf

It seems more than coincidental that two powerful French films opening Friday deal with anti-Semitism, albeit in radically different ways. 24 Days dramatizes the 2006 kidnapping of a young Jewish man in Paris; Because I Was a Painter is a documentary about art created by inmates of Nazi camps.

Former Nazi Guard Says He 'Couldn't Imagine' Jews Surviving Auschwitz

AP | Posted 04.23.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — A former Auschwitz guard being tried on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder has testified that it was clear to him Jews were not exp...

Former Guard Reveals Chilling Details Of Life In Auschwitz

AP | DAVID RISING | Posted 04.22.2015 | World

LUENEBURG, Germany (AP) — A former SS sergeant described in chilling detail Wednesday how cattle cars full of Jews were brought to the Auschwitz dea...

Auschwitz Guard Goes On Trial, Says He Shares Moral Guilt

AP | DAVID RISING | Posted 06.21.2015 | World

LUENEBURG, Germany (AP) — Former SS Sgt. Oskar Groening told a German court Tuesday that he helped keep watch as thousands of Jews were led from cat...

I Don't Know What I Would Have Been Without Auschwitz

Edith Eva Eger | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Edith Eva Eger

On our way to Auschwitz my mother said something I never forgot, she said: 'We don't know where we're going. We don't know what's going to happen. Just remember, no one can take away from you what you put here in your own mind.' My mother had the biggest impact on me.

Preserving Auschwitz

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Stephen D. Smith

Auschwitz should never have existed, so why are we so keen to cling onto it? Would it not be reasonable to scrub it from the landscape, remove the very thought of what it represents from our minds, recognize it as the cemetery it is, then grass it over and leave the dead to rest in peace?

Anti-Semitism is a Genocidal Killer

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
Stephen D. Smith

Auschwitz is a lesson for humanity, a warning to the civilized world, a demonstration of where prejudice and stereotyping can lead. But for all of our search for universal meaning, there is a deafening silence about the real lesson to come out of Auschwitz.

Katy Perry Shares Somber Message From Auschwitz

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact

Katie Perry struck a somber note on Wednesday while visiting the site of one of the most notorious concentration camps. The day after the "Roar" si...

Holocaust Survivor on Returning to Auschwitz and What Freedom Really Is

Quora | Posted 04.19.2015 | Fifty
Quora

In many ways I can remember every detail of the liberation that happened 70 years ago. Nobody prepared us for what liberation would be like. I hoped then I could go home and find my family. We had a daily saying, like a mantra, "Someday soon I will be free and I will go home." But going home to me meant reuniting with my mother, father, and two older sisters, not just an empty house with four walls, which is what we found.

A Dawn Follows Even the Darkest of Nights

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Menachem Rosensaft

The resilience of the survivors upon emerging from the Nazi death camps and other sites of persecution and oppression and their ability to not just rebuild their lives but teach their children and grandchildren by example to continue to have faith in humankind is evidence, to me at least, that a dawn follows even the darkest of nights.

"Forever" Needs a Fact Checker

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.09.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

Forever has a strong female lead, generally good scripts, and Gruffudd's opening and closing reflections are often thought-provoking. But I wonder if the fact that the show is based in fantasy has made the writers lose their grip on reality and decide that whatever they think needs to be real for the show is real.

CNN vs Fox and the Execution Tapes

Francis Levy | Posted 04.07.2015 | Media
Francis Levy

How could the sight of masked ISIS soldiers looking on while their captive is burned alive in a cage be looked at as positive propaganda?

"Paper Love," Uncovering a Family's Past

Mindy Trotta | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Mindy Trotta

Much of the book is an intertwining of history and mystery, and yet romance plays a major role as well. Who was this woman with whom her grandfather had a serious love affair? Why was she left behind, and where was she now?

Walking in Auschwitz, Amid the Weeds and Memories

Lea Lane | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Lea Lane

The friend I was traveling with was frightened by it all and didn't want to go into the camp. She would wait for me near the infamous railway watchtower entrance where the tracks ended, near where Cecile, a woman I had worked with on her memoir, had waited for selection.

My Own Personal Auschwitz

András Simonyi | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
András Simonyi

Very often I look at the pictures of my grandmother Paula. She was warm and loving. I imagine my conversations with her, sitting on her lap. I hear her. Her voice makes me feel strong and indestructible.