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Holocaust Survivors

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 12.30.2014 | 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 12.19.2014 | 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 12.12.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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.

Seeing Beyond the Physical Appearance of Life

Susan Ann Darley | Posted 11.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Ann Darley

In order to free ourselves from appearances of life that terrify and horrify us we need to be guided by our hearts and humanity, which often see more than our eyes. To go beyond the images of war, cruelty and unsettling tragedies we need to go deeper and higher.

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.

Man Who Saved 669 Kids From Nazis Turns 105, Gets Beautiful Birthday Honor

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact

The story of Sir Nicholas Winton is one of the most profound tales of humanitarianism that you've probably never heard. After saving 669 children,...

How Muslims Saved This Jewish Family During The Holocaust

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion

Johanna Neumann was nine years old when her family escaped from Nazi Germany to seek refuge in Albania. They spent six years there and survived the wa...

Reflections On Privilege: An Open Letter To Tal Fortgang

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 05.07.2014 | College
Daniel Gastfriend

Indeed, our families lived through many of the same horrors and transformations. And I agree -- we do not need to apologize for our origins. Nothing about this notion, however, justifies blindness to inequality.

Ritual and Shoah Memory

Rabbi Avi Weiss | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Avi Weiss

It's 70 years since the Shoah. That generation is dying. The second generation, my generation, is growing older. With all of this unfolding -- how shall we remember into the future?

Holocaust Survivor: If The Nazis Killed Me, They Won

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 04.25.2014 | Religion

For Gene Klein, surviving Auschwitz required him to view his own personal survival as being a way of fighting back against the Nazis. "There comes ...

Jewish Heir Searching for Lost Family Art

Elizabeth Rynecki | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Elizabeth Rynecki

My great grandfather saw his role as documenting the world around him; I see mine as uncovering and sharing a world that was lost.

This Student Fought Officials To Get Justice For Dutch Holocaust Survivors

AP | TOBY STERLING | Posted 04.21.2014 | Good News

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns ...

University Students Help Holocaust Survivors Find The Suspected Nazi Who Saved Them

AP | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Students at a Connecticut university are working on a daunting assignment: Who was the suspected Nazi who protected a Jewish...

Getting to Know the Person Who Saved My Life

Eva Haller | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Eva Haller

For the months that I was there, I saw it as the traditional boarding school I thought it was. When Nazi soldiers eventually raided it, I realized the school had been my safe haven.