Yom Hashoah

Understanding genocide: can a Holocaust be predicted?


(JNS.org) — “There was a straight road to Auschwitz,” says Wendy Lower, John K. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College in California. “When you look back, the Holocaust was inevitable.”

Lower, a historian who spent five years living and researching...
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Timeline to genocide

(JNS.org) — In hindsight, what events were pivotal in the igniting of the Holocaust?

Feb. 24, 1920: National Socialist German Workers’ Party publicly unveils 25-point Plan, including language that no Jew can be a member of the German race

1930s: Increase in anti-Semitic legislation; anti-Semitism begins to be realized through...
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Israel remembers the Holocaust, honors survivors at Yad Vashem ceremony

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Survivors of the Holocaust “have guided the entire nation,” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said during Israel’s national Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony.

“Today, 70 years after the liberation of the death camps, we stand before you, and we swear an oath and promise, ‘All of us, each and...
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Zapruder cites diaries at Yom Hashoah event


Diaries written during the Holocaust by adolescents like Anne Frank were a major focus of the tenth annual Yom Hashoah Community Wide Event on Sunday evening, April 12, at the Uptown Jewish Community Center. Discovered after the war, the diaries are important as both historical records and...
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Israel stops to remember victims of Holocaust

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel came to a standstill as a siren sounded for two minutes in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

Following the siren Monday morning, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Yad Vashem Hall of Remembrance as part of Yom...
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Obama in Yom Hashoah message cites commitment to combat intolerance

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama in his Yom Hashoah message recalled his recommitment in Israel last month to combating anti-Semitism and intolerance.

“Today, we honor the memories of the 6 million Jewish victims and millions of others who perished in the darkness of the Shoah,” Obama said Monday in a...
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YOM HASHOAH: Adding a new dimension to Holocaust testimony


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — In a dark glass building here, Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter shows that his memory is crystal clear and his voice is strong. His responses seem a bit delayed — not that different from other survivors I have known who are reluctant to...
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FIRST PERSON/YOM HASHOAH: In Germany some closure for the son of survivors


NEW YORK (JTA) — As a child of Holocaust survivors, I have always managed to avoid visiting Germany. Part of my parents’ legacy was never to visit the country, with its dark past — not even to own any products in our home that were made in...
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Hatred of Jews remains strong, Netanyau and Peres tell Yom Hashoah rite

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The hatred of Jews is still strong more than 70 years after the Holocaust began, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres said at the national Yom Hashoah ceremony at Yad Vashem.

“The map of Europe still contains local stains of anti-Semitism,” Peres said at Sunday night’s...
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How to say ‘never again’ and mean it


As we mark Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) on April 8 for the 60th consecutive year — this somber day was first placed onto the Jewish calendar in 1953, at the instigation of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion — we again ask ourselves a deceptively...
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