Yom Hashoah

Author Georgia Hunter highlights Yom Ha’Shoah memorial

By ALAN SMASON

Georgia Hunter called her maternal grandfather Papa. He and her grandmother lived only about a mile away from her childhood home in a small Massachusetts town and they saw each other all the time. Despite spending holidays, sharing family meals and going on trips together as she...
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Holocaust rescuer Chinue Sugihara’s son helps honor his deeds in Belarus

MIR, Belarus (JTA) — For the first time in decades, a Holocaust commemoration event was held in this town, once one of Europe’s main hubs of Jewish learning.

Attending the event in Mir, a town of some 2,000 residents southwest of Minsk, was Nobuki Sugihara, the son of Japan’s only Holocaust-era...
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Six Holocaust survivors lit torches at Yad Vashem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Six Holocaust survivors lit torches in memory of the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust during the official ceremony to open Yom Hashoah, Israel’s Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day.

Bela Eizenman, Shaul Lubovitz, Fanny Ben-Ami, Menachem Haberman, Sara Shapira and Yehuda Mimon lit the torches...
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Love letters of the Shoah: Messages thrown from cattle cars convey final wishes, prayers, blessings

By DEBORAH FINEBLUM

Jews have long been known as the people of the book, but fresh evidence has emerged that they’re also the people of the letter.

Of the millions of Jews who were taken to their deaths during the Holocaust on cattle cars, we will never...
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Will the Holocaust on Instagram teach remembrance?

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

— To say that the impact of social media on society and popular culture has not been entirely beneficial is the understatement of the 21st century. Our politics has been further embittered by the isolation brought on by the social-media bubbles in which many...
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Yom Hashoah event draws near capacity crowd

By ALAN SMASON

As it has done for the past 13 years, the New Orleans Jewish community came together to remember the lives of those lost during the Holocaust and to honor those who survived the ordeal and made the Crescent City their home. The Community-Wide Yom Hashoah Memorial was...
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Community-wide Yom Ha’Shoah event on Sun. night

Holocaust survivor Irene Miller, author of “Into No Man’s Land: A Historical Memoir,” will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Yom Ha’Shoah Community-wide Holocaust Memorial Program, held this Sunday evening,  April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Uptown JCC.

The annual memorial program remembers and honors local survivors...
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22% of US millennials haven’t heard of or are not sure if they have heard of the Holocaust, study finds

(JTA) — Over a fifth of millennials in the United States have not heard of or are unsure if they have heard of the Holocaust, a study found.

The survey, which was commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (also known as the Claims Conference), found that...
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Columbia students hold anti-Israel demonstration opposite Holocaust commemoration booth

NEW YORK (JTA) — Members of Students for Justice in Palestine at Columbia University held an anti-Israel demonstration opposite a pro-Israel group’s booth marking Holocaust Remembrance Day.

About 20 people attended the demonstration against Israel’s killing of Palestinian protesters in recent clashes on the Gaza border. According to the protest’s Facebook...
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Americans have a ‘moral obligation’ to combat anti-Semitism, Trump says in Yom Hashoah proclamation

(JTA) — Americans have “a moral obligation to combat anti-Semitism, confront hate and prevent genocide,” President Donald Trump said in a proclamation issued for Yom Hashoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The proclamation issued Wednesday recognizes the “Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust 2018” to be observed from...
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