Former Chief Rabbi: Poles ‘shot selves in foot’ with Holocaust law

July 9, 2018 by  
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The controversy surrounding a Polish law that criminalises “defamation of Poland” by accusing the Polish state of complicity in Nazi crimes during World War II was a   self-inflicted wound, former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau said on Sunday.

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Must Jews and Poles keep fighting about the Holocaust?

It’s never wise to get into an argument about the Holocaust with Yad Vashem…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

Holocaust documentor Claude Lanzmann dead at 92

July 6, 2018 by  
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World-renowned filmmaker and director Claude Lanzmann passed away earlier today at the age of 92 in France. Read more

Polish moves to rescind criminal penalty from Holocaust Law

June 28, 2018 by  
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The World Jewish Congress has welcomed Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s decision to recommend to parliament that it reopen discussions on its new Holocaust Law so as to rescind criminal penalty for suggesting that Poles bore some responsibility for the destruction of Polish Jewry.  Read more

Jewish NGO condemns ‘wholesale misappropriation’ of Holocaust amid outcry over US border policy

June 21, 2018 by  
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The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a Jewish human rights NGO that teaches the lessons of the Nazi Holocaust, has denounced the “wholesale misappropriation” of the Holocaust amid on the ongoing outcry over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating children from migrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico border…writes Sean Savage/JNS. Read more

Advocate speakers represent four major human rights issues in Australia

June 21, 2018 by  
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The Sydney Jewish Museum has hosted an engaging and dynamic panel of speakers, who explored four major human rights issues facing Australia today. Read more

Post Purim hangovers

March 2, 2018 by  
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Once the Purim carnival festivities are over and the masks removed the real world again intrudes into our daily lives. Read more

Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism on social media up 30 percent in January 2018

February 18, 2018 by  
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The use of anti-Semitic symbols and posts denying the Holocaust increased dramatically in January 2018 compared to the same period in 2016, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) found in a recent study commissioned ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Read more

Israeli lawmakers author counter-bill criminalising Polish Holocaust denial

February 3, 2018 by  
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In a direct response to a bill passed by Polish legislators criminalising terms that link Poland to any involvement of the heinous crimes in the Holocaust, 61 members of Israel’s Knesset co-sponsored new legislation whereby exonerating Polish involvement in crimes against humanity during World War II will be considered a form of illegal Holocaust denial. Read more

Who owns the Holocaust?…writes Ben Cohen/JNS.org

February 2, 2018 by  
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Who owns the Holocaust? That, ultimately, is the key question posed by the impending legislation in Poland that will criminalise any discussion, or investigation, or mere mention, of incidents of Polish collusion with the Nazi occupiers during World War Two. Read more

Despite Israeli, US opposition, Polish Senators pass bill criminalising terms linking Poland to the Holocaust

February 2, 2018 by  
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The Polish Senate passed a bill Wednesday criminalising statements linking Poland to the murder of Jews which occurred on its soil during the Holocaust, in an attempt to lay blame for the crimes that left more than 1 million Polish Jews dead during World War II squarely on German Nazis. Read more

Spare us your Holocaust hypocrisy

January 30, 2018 by  
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Last Saturday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The date, which commemorates the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945, is the one most of the world uses to remember the Shoah, even if Israel and most Jewish communities primarily employ another date a week after Passover in the Hebrew calendar for Yom HaShoah. Read more

Proposed Polish law “historical obfuscation”

January 29, 2018 by  
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The World Jewish Congress has strongly objected to a proposed new Polish law which would criminalise suggestions that Poland was responsible for Nazis crimes, calling it “an act of historical obfuscation and an attack on democracy.” Read more

Flashes of Memory

January 26, 2018 by  
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Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, has inaugurated a brand new exhibition entitled “Flashes of Memory –  Photography during the Holocaust.” Read more

#WeRemember

January 9, 2018 by  
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The World Jewish Congress has launched its second annual #WeRemember initiative to combat anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred, genocide and xenophobia.  Read more

Not funny Larry

November 7, 2017 by  
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Comedian and Seinfeld creator Larry David’s monologue on Saturday Night Live in which he joked about finding a date at a concentration camp has been heavily criticised. Read more

Hopes and fears – a video from Jewish Care

October 23, 2017 by  
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‘Hopes and Fears’ shows a group of Holocaust survivors explaining what hopes and fears they have for future generations and the world they live in. Read more

Poland’s proposed restitution law ‘excludes vast majority of Holocaust survivors and heirs’

October 21, 2017 by  
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The World Jewish Congress has expressed “profound disappointment” in the Polish government’s proposed legislation for the restitution of confiscated property belong to Holocaust victims and their heirs. Read more

Denial: J-Wire giveaways

March 28, 2017 by  
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J-Wire has double passes for Denial the riveting drama about the real-life showdown between historian Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) and notorious English Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall). Read more

Indifference has not gone away

January 31, 2017 by  
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World Jewish Congress Ronald S. Lauder has addressed an official Holocaust commemoration ceremony in the Greek capital Athens, and in recalling the tragedy that nearly destroyed the Jewish community in Greece, asked whether the world has really learnt the lessons of the Holocaust. Read more

WJC criticises ADL reaction to Trump statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 29, 2017 by  
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The World Jewish Congress has responded to the Anti-Defamation League’s criticism of a statement made by US President Donald Trump on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Read more

Thousands of ‘We Remember’ photos to be projected at Auschwitz-Birkenau as World Jewish Congress campaign reaches millions world-wide

January 26, 2017 by  
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Thousands of photos of people holding ‘We remember’ or ‘I remember’ signs in honor of the victims of the Holocaust are put on display on a giant screen at the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau from 24 until 26 January 2017, ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day this Friday. Read more

#WeRemember

January 23, 2017 by  
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The Auschwitz Museum in Poland will join forces with the World Jewish Congress (WJC) this week to project thousands of photographs of people holding signs bearing the words “We Remember”, as part of the WJC’s global social media campaign to raise awareness of the Holocaust. Read more

Wielding the Holocaust stick…writes Ben Cohen/JNS.org

December 21, 2016 by  
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In late November, radical protesters in London attacked a Jewish communal building. As they wrestled with police at the gates, they screamed abuse about “baby killers!” and cried out, “It’s a Holocaust!” Read more

Ever Grateful

November 10, 2016 by  
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A film shot in Melbourne in which six Holocaust survivors express their gratitude to strangers whose acts of kindness saved their lives will be screened later this month at the city’s Jewish Holocaust Centre. Read more

The Angel of Kaunas

December 31, 2015 by  
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Electronics giant Philips is behind a book being written by Dutch author Jan Brokken on the story of Jan Zwartendijk, also known as the “Angel of Kaunas” and wants to hear from anyone whose family may have survived the Holocaust because of his help. Read more

Spreading the word

June 19, 2015 by  
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Shmuel and Fredja Rothbard – both Holocaust survivors, landed in Auckland this week from Israel to begin a powerful journey sharing their remarkable survival stories to students and community groups. Read more

Payments for child Holocaust survivors

May 29, 2015 by  
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Julius Berman, President of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), has announced that Holocaust survivors who were children at the time have begun to receive payments under a landmark agreement reached with the German government. Read more

94-yr-old Melbourne woman honoured by Holocaust Centre

Melbourne’s Jewish Holocaust Centre has held a special function to honour Dutch-born Melbourne resident Constance Koster, who saved the lives of Jewish children during the Second World War. Read more

In search of Lagi survivors

May 19, 2015 by  
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A New Zealand author is seeking survivors or descendants of survivors who escaped the Holocaust through the Solf Tea Group… a cover to smuggle Jews out of Europe. Read more

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