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Auschwitz

Preserving Auschwitz

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 03.05.2015 | 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 02.26.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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 02.12.2015 | 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.

Does Forever Have a Fact Checker?

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.08.2015 | 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 02.05.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 01.30.2015 | 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 01.29.2015 | 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.

Aerial View Of Auschwitz Pays Gripping Tribute To Holocaust Victims

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact

Personal accounts are invaluable in documenting the horrors of the Holocaust. But a stunning aerial view of one of the most notorious concentration ca...

Jewish Leader Questioned By Police After Trapped In Auschwitz

AP | VANESSA GERA | Posted 01.29.2015 | World

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The head of Rome's Jewish community and four other Italians were questioned by police after triggering an alarm at the visitor...

A Campaign to Remember: The Lessons of the Holocaust Are Critically Relevant Today

Michele Hunt | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact
Michele Hunt

Joe Brodecki was the executive director of the Campaign to Remember, the fundraising initiative for the development of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Auschwitz: A Cry of Despair and a Warning

Alain Vincenot | Posted 01.28.2015 | Religion
Alain Vincenot

Today, the "cry of despair" has passed into the forgotten, and the "warning" is no longer heard. In Europe, and in France especially, anti-Semitic acts and phrases propagate like a virus.

Jewish Groups Boycott Argentina's Holocaust Commemoration

AP | PETER PRENGAMAN and PAUL BYRNE | Posted 01.28.2015 | Religion

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Jewish groups boycotted the Argentine government's Holocaust Day commemoration Tuesday in protest over the mysterious...

Daydreaming Helped 13-year-old Auschwitz Prisoner Survive

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Alison van Diggelen

Seventy years ago today, the prisoners of Auschwitz were liberated. Irene Weiss is one of those survivors. She was 13 years old when she was captured, her long blond braids shaved off and her family killed in the gas chambers. Weiss sat down with me to share her inspirational story.

The New York Times Dedicated Just Three Sentences To The Liberation Of Auschwitz

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 01.27.2015 | World

On Jan. 27, 1945, Soviet troops moved through the town of Oswiecim, Poland, and liberated the concentration camp complex of Auschwitz. In the weeks be...

The 5 Million Non-Jewish People Killed By The Nazis

HuffPost UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion

Six million Jewish people were murdered during the genocide in Europe in the years leading up to 1945, and the Jews are rightly remembered as the grou...

Lessons From Auschwitz, 70 Years Later

Carlo Strenger | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Carlo Strenger

Soon no more Holocaust survivors will be alive, and our duty of remembering and understanding increases. This means, among other things, that we must face the uncomfortable truths about human nature that Auschwitz symbolizes.

Intimate Portraits Pay Tribute To Auschwitz Survivors

Posted 01.27.2015 | World

On Jan. 27, 1945, soldiers of the Soviet army entered the gates of Auschwitz in southern Poland, liberating the largest and most notorious network of ...

Leaders Mark Auschwitz Liberation 70 Years On

AP | VANESSA GERA | Posted 01.28.2015 | World

BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) -- When the Soviet army entered Auschwitz exactly 70 years ago, finding piles of corpses and prisoners close to death, a Russia...

Auschwitz Survivor: Being Alive Is The Best ‘Revenge'

USA Today | Michele Chabin | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

TEL AVIV, Israel Shortly after the Nazi invasion of what was then Hungary in May 1944, Renee Ganz’s family and most of the 25,000 Jews in the city o...

Email Blast From the Past

Justin Frank | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Justin Frank

There is no question that it hurts to think. There also is no question that it is dangerous not to think.

Shocking Family Secrets from W.W. II

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion
Lev Raphael

Though I had said Kaddish for my father's father at Bergen Belsen, where I had always assumed he died because my father and his sister had been prisoners there, I discovered that he had actually been a prisoner at Auschwitz. Why had my father never told me?

What We Learned From Auschwitz

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, which will be marked January 27 on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, comes at a time when some are asking: Is it happening all over again in Europe?