Polish prime minister: Restitution to Holocaust victims a ‘victory for Hitler’

May 21, 2019 by  
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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday that was Poland to pay restitution for those whose property was stolen in the Holocaust it would violate “international law and would also be a posthumous victory for Hitler;” therefore, “something like this will never happen.” Read more

Polish anti-Semitism is serious, but Yair Lapid is overreaching

May 12, 2019 by  
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Over the last year, Yair Lapid, the co-chair of Israel’s opposition Blue and White Party, has made several outspoken statements about Poland, Polish anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. Read more

March of the Living founder: ‘The only thing worse than Auschwitz is the world forgetting Auschwitz’

May 3, 2019 by  
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On Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom Hashoah) on May 2, under the theme “Say No to Anti-Semitism,” more than 10,000 Jewish and non-Jewish youth from 40 different countries, together with dozens of Holocaust survivors and dignitaries from around the world, participated in the 31st annual International March of the Living to pay tribute to all victims of the Holocaust and call for an end to anti-Semitism. Read more

Frank Lowy doc…a clip

May 1, 2019 by  
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Having survived the Holocaust, Sir Frank Lowy went on to become one of Australia’s wealthiest people, with a net worth of over $6 billion. Read more

Yad Vashem seeks names of unknown victims

April 5, 2019 by  
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Since 1955, Yad Vashem has worked to fulfil its mandate to preserve the memory of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust by collecting their names, the ultimate representation of a person’s identity. Read more

Getting to the truth about the Vatican and the Holocaust

Historians have long sought access to the Vatican’s private World War II-era archives. Read more

Holocaust denial, purposeful dementia and Israel

Memory loss can be a terrible disease. In the best case, it affects our recall of the minor details of an event, but in the worst case, such as with Alzheimer’s disease, it can lead to complete distortion of the past. Read more

How not to remember the Holocaust

January 28, 2019 by  
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While Israel and Jewish communities commemorate the Holocaust with a Yom Hashoah on the 27th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan (which this year falls on May 2), the rest of the world does so on Jan. 27, which marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945. Read more

Putin plays with the Holocaust

November 21, 2018 by  
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Back in January, the unlikely figure of Paddington Bear—the cuddly, bright-eyed cub much adored by young children down the years—ran afoul of the Russian government. Read more

Benjamin Netanyahu and Sara attend Ponary memorial ceremony in Vilnius

August 26, 2018 by  
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara have participated in a memorial ceremony at the Ponary memorial in remembrance of the 70,000 Vilnius Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Read more

International legal group works to remove Holocaust-denial content on Facebook

July 26, 2018 by  
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The Lawfare Project filed take-down notices this week against Facebook posts denying the Holocaust and containing anti-Semitic material, successfully leading to several posts being removed or blocked by Facebook in a number of countries. Read more

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

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