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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 01.27.2015 | 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 01.27.2015 | 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.

Auschwitz Comes Home

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
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?

Survivors Visit Auschwitz A Day Ahead Of 70th Anniversary

AP | VANESSA GERA | Posted 01.27.2015 | World

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) -- The voice of Auschwitz survivors praying for their murdered loved ones reverberated Monday amid the barracks and barbed wire ...

Public Understanding of the Holocaust, From WWII to Today

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Despite the enormity of the Holocaust, and the many books, movies, museums and memorials aimed at ensuring remembrance, Americans in more recent years have shown surprising ignorance of what happened under the Nazis.

A Christmas Read About Auschwitz

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 12.16.2014 | Books
Trisha de Borchgrave

A compelling and poetic reflection on what it took to escape and survive the aftermath of human extinction is Göran Rosenberg's A Brief Stop, On the Road from Auschwitz.

What Poland's Jewish History Museum Can Teach Us

José M. Faraldo | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion
José M. Faraldo

Whereas the North American Holocaust museum deals with the immense crimes perpetrated by the Nazis, the Warsaw museum is focused most of all on of Jewish life.

Viktor E. Frankl's Devastating Letter On The Death Of His Wife And Mother In Auschwitz

Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion

Excerpted from Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl with selected letters, speeches, and essays translated by Helen Pisano. Copyright 2014. ...

The Greatest Holocaust Story Never Told

Rachel Lithgow | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
Rachel Lithgow

Have you ever heard of these women? I'm sure you could rattle off each Kardashian, or the name of Mila Kunis's new baby. Here is why these are the names that should be on your lips this week.

Viewer Discretion Is Advised: Some of the MOST Emotional Photos I Have Ever Taken, from Auschwitz

Jared Polin AKA the FRO | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts
Jared Polin AKA the FRO

We must feel, we must capture, we must create. I have felt that feeling and hope to feel it many more times as I continue on my path as a photographer.

93-Year-Old Former Auschwitz Guard Charged

AP | Posted 09.15.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they've charged a 93-year-old man with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as a guard at the Nazi...

Ayelet Waldman's New Book Is More Than a Holocaust Novel

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

It would be a mistake to call Love and Treasure a Holocaust novel, although it is that, too. More than anything, this is a tale of hope and the unbreakable spirit of a people, the transformative power of love and the miracle of the birth of Eretz Israel.

Let's Stop Persecuting 'Auschwitz Selfie Girl' for Smiling at a Camera

Larry Magid | Posted 09.24.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

If I saw her partying at the site or trying to diminish the horror and historical importance of what happened there, I would think she was being insensitive, but smiling? Come on, we're all taught to smile in pictures.

Auschwitz Selfie Girl: 'I Don't Think I Would Do Anything Differently'

USA Today | Jessica Durando | Posted 07.24.2014 | Religion

(RNS) An Alabama teen who faced criticism for posting a smiling snapshot of herself in front of the Auschwitz concentration camp is defending her acti...

Taking Selfies At Auschwitz Is Now A Thing Teenagers Do

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.07.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

They've invaded funerals and "serious places," and now taking selfies at the Auschwitz has become a thing that teenagers do. A controversial Israel...

Louis Zamperini -- Meet Witold Pilecki

Tom Alderman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Tom Alderman

This is a powerful story -- but in quite an unexpected way. If you're thinking Schindler's List, Stalag 17, The Great Escape or -- hold your breath -- TV's Hogan's Heroes, you'd be disappointed.

Trauma, Survival, and Making Peace

Bernie Glassman | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion
Bernie Glassman

How do we create a situation, a world, in which this does not happen to anyone, not just to young people? In which Never again does not mean Never again to us, but Never again to anyone? Never again to us is the victim's trope, survival at any cost; Never again to anyone is asserting our internal freedom even in the bleakest of circumstances, our insistence on the big picture.

89-Year-Old Philly Retiree Arrested For Alleged Nazi War Crimes

AP | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An 89-year-old Philadelphia man was ordered held without bail Wednesday on a German arrest warrant charging him with aiding and ...