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Holocaust Survivors

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...

Agents of Change: 5 Inspiring Souls Worthy of Our Attention Right Now

Greg Archer | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

They walk among us -- those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five stand-outs creating significant sea changes.

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 Holocaust Survivor Band Plays The Music Of Their Youth

South Florida SunSentinel / The Associated Press | Lois K. Solomon | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — They're almost 90, survived the Holocaust and love to play music together, so why not? Saul Dreier and Reuben Sosnow...

Remembering Auschwitz: What Have We Learned?

Panache Desai | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
Panache Desai

After these many years, you'd think we'd have evolved to a point where we no longer engage in genocides, mass murders, or flagrant violations of international law. But we do.

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...

Never Again Must Begin With Never Forget

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 01.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

The lessons of the Holocaust are universal, but the scope and breadth of what befell its victims is quite particular.

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.

A Gesture for Today's Victims

Stephanie Courouble Share | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Stephanie Courouble Share

The remembrance shouldn't only aim to honor the victims; it should also serve to alert the current generation by teaching it to identify the warning signs of a potential genocide. Past experience should serve the present.

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...

Tomorrow the World Will Be Listening to the Voices of Auschwitz

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Dorian de Wind

Vanessa Gera at the Associated Press observes, that, a decade ago, on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark that occasion. But, she says, "On Tuesday, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest in their 70s."

Holocaust Survivor Salutes Liberator In Emotional Meeting Decades Later

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 01.26.2015 | Good News

A Holocaust survivor recently reunited with the American soldier who helped to save his life decades ago. Joshua Kaufman, 87, a former prisoner in ...

A Holocaust Survivor Shares the Story of Her Tattoo

Quora | Posted 01.13.2015 | Fifty
Quora

When I was tattooed at Auschwitz, I was stunned. But it was a day when I had lost my whole family. I had lost everything I knew up to that point. I thought at the time, If there is hell on Earth, this is probably it.

Zane Buzby -- 'One Foot in Comedy, One Foot in the Holocaust'

Steve Karras | Posted 03.01.2015 | Impact
Steve Karras

There is no shortage of Holocaust memorials, museums and foundations dedicated solely to preserving the history of Nazi crimes against Europe's Jews during the Second World War. Yet there is a shortage of funds for financial aid for survivors.

A Survivor Recalls What It Was Like to Be Experimented on During the Holocaust

Quora | Posted 02.18.2015 | Fifty
Quora

As a guinea pig in Auschwitz, we had to realize that they could do to our bodies whatever they wanted and we had no control over what they put into us, what they removed, or how they treated us, and there was no place for us to go.

A Holocaust Survivor's Inspiring Answer to 'What Gives You Hope During Tough Times?'

Quora | Posted 02.11.2015 | Fifty
Quora

I have only one memory -- crawling on the barrack floor, because I no longer could walk. There was a faucet on the other end of the barrack. As I was crawling, I would fade in and out of consciousness. I just kept thinking, I must survive, I must survive.

Recovering Truth, Confronting Trauma: A Book Review of Paper Love

Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Books
Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D.

Paper Love, the debut book of journalist Sarah Wildman, unearths the story of Valy Sheftel, the woman left behind by Wildman's grandfather Karl when he fled Nazi-occupied Vienna in 1938.

Praise for the American Soldiers Who Saved My Father From a Death Train

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.09.2015 | Impact
Lev Raphael

In early April 1945, my father was packed into a train with 2500 other prisoners from Bergen-Belsen as the Nazis insanely tried to keep British and Am...

How Will We Remember The Holocaust After The Survivors Are Gone?

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion

(RNS) As aging Holocaust survivors gathered at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to celebrate its 20th anniversary last year, a question hung in the ...

Afro-Textured Hair: Beautiful and Magical or Nappy Heads in Need of Perminators?

Ama Yawson | Posted 12.02.2014 | Style
Ama Yawson

This type of hair-bullying is not just present in the media. It is present in our homes as learned self-hatred manifests in comments to little girls with looser textures that they have "pretty hair," while little girls with kinkier hair textures are told that they have "bad hair."

Genocide Education: California Senate Bill 1380

Mike Spradley | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Mike Spradley

In my own family I assumed I'd heard all the tales of heroism or of those who became part of American and global history. With deep regret I missed t...

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...

Best of Venice: With Tsili Amos Gitai Explains Survival in a Desperate Universe

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Among the greatest of teachers, I personally hold Amos Gitai in a top position. His work -- such as his latest masterpiece Tsili -- is insightful, groundbreaking, thought-provoking, strong, full of emotions and always entertaining. The best example of cinema with a conscience.

Zara Apologizes For Pajamas That Look Just Like A Concentration Camp Uniform

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business

Fashion giant Zara pulled a children’s shirt from its stores after customers complained that the striped pajama top with a yellow star resembled Hol...

From Auschwitz to Activism -- 70 Years on From the Holocaust

Dan Glass | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Dan Glass

As I walk around the city, I see the shrines and monuments to the Holocaust. This includes park benches with their Nein Juden signs removed, old SS buildings that are now boarded up, and freshly-sprayed swastikas that remind me how the soul of anti-Semitism lives on.