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Holocaust Survivors

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 09.14.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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.

Hundreds Of Jews Jumped From Trains To Escape Nazi Death Camps

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 04.10.2014 | World

A four-year study by a German historian revealed an estimated 764 Jews managed to escape from trains en route to concentration camps during the Holoca...

Oral History Turns Holographic

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 05.31.2014 | Technology
Stephen D. Smith

This is not the fireside chat in the comfort of the interviewee's home. We are joined in the studio by a host of graphic and natural language scientists, multiple interviewers and producers frantically scribbling notes.

The Flavor of Love: A Survivor's Son's Love Affair With Food

Linda S. Haase | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Linda S. Haase

Throughout our own, sometimes-tumultuous relationship as adults, I still baked him butter rum cakes and hazelnut sacher brownies. Because I wanted him, always, to taste the love.

The Long Shadows of War

Sabine Reichel | Posted 05.05.2014 | Entertainment
Sabine Reichel

It was a surprise to discover eventually that nothing has shaped me more than the war I didn't have to live through. I still feel the impact and the traces my parents' generation left in us, the often rebellious offspring of the late '60s.

'I Had to See That I Didn't Come From a Black Hole'

Lilly Maier | Posted 04.30.2014 | Fifty
Lilly Maier

Esther Starobin was born in Adelsheim, Germany, in 1937. Her parents were among the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust. Starobin, her three sisters and her brother survived because their parents were able to send them to safety in time.

The Yellow Star

Marianne Szegedy-Maszak | Posted 04.26.2014 | Religion
Marianne Szegedy-Maszak

In the 1920s, when my mother was still a child, the family, like many members of the Hungarian Jewish aristocracy, converted to Christianity, some out of conviction, others out of an eagerness to demonstrate their nationalistic loyalties..

Survivors Mark Holocaust Remembrance Day At Auschwitz Memorial

AP | Posted 01.27.2014 | World

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Auschwitz survivors and Israeli officials are marking 69 years since the liberation of the Nazi death camp, in a ceremony th...

The Slow Thaw of the Cold War

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 03.19.2014 | World
Stephen D. Smith

Open borders, open markets, open McDonald's, Prada and Ferrari in Moscow, and one would think the melt and merge was complete. But any attempt at East-West assimilation stopped right there. What I understood more than anything is that the thaw relies on the West just as mush as the Russians themselves.

We Merely Fulfilled Our Duty as Humans: A Personal Holocaust Story Gone Global

Gregory C. Pappas | Posted 02.21.2014 | World
Gregory C. Pappas

We will not respond with politics and anti-Neo Nazi rhetoric; instead we will respond with a lesson from history that demonstrates the purest kinds of love and humanity during a time during which the world wondered what the future would hold if Hitler had succeeded.

Biden Comes to the Aid of Holocaust Survivors

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

More than 68 years after Allied troops liberated the German death and concentration camps in which millions of European Jews had been ruthlessly murdered, many of those who miraculously survived live precariously in dire circumstances.

A Warrior's Battle with God

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Stephen D. Smith

Sid Shachnow prides himself on his strategy, leadership and skill in warfare, with very good reason. He talks confidently about his life in the military, but there is one battle he concedes he never won -- his battle with God.