Survivors return to Auschwitz 75 years after liberation

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

When more than 200 survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp gather there on Monday to mark 75 years since its liberation, many will do so for the last time. Elderly survivors from the United States, Israel, Australia, South America, Russia, Slovenia and elsewhere were among presidents, prime ministers and royalty from across the globe at … Read More

80 Holocaust survivors celebrate bar, bat mitzvah at Western Wall

Friday, January 24, 2020

80 Holocaust survivors celebrated their bar or bat mitzvahs last week at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The survivors were unable to celebrate their bar or bat mitzvahs at the traditional age (13 for boys, 12 for girls) because of World War II. The celebrations were conducted in collaboration with the “Perah L’Nitzul” project of … Read More

At Yad Vashem, German president says Germans haven’t learned lesson of Holocaust

Friday, January 24, 2020

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Thursday that his nation had not fully learned the lessons of the Holocaust, as Jew-hatred was still growing. In an emotional speech at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Steinmeier reiterated that his country assumes full responsibility for the Nazi genocide of the Jewish people. “The industrial mass murder of six … Read More

Congressional delegation visits Auschwitz ahead of 75th anniversary of liberation

Thursday, January 23, 2020

(January 22, 2020 / JNS) A congressional delegation, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), visited Auschwitz on Tuesday ahead of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp. Pelosi laid a wreath at the “Death Wall” outside Block 11 at Auschwitz, where several thousand inmates were killed, most of them … Read More

Auschwitz 75 years later: Universal lessons

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The World Holocaust Forum 2020, Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism, comes at an important moment of remembrance and reminder, of bearing witness and of action Indeed, I write on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – the most brutal extermination camp of the 20th century – of horrors too terrible … Read More

World leaders gather in Jerusalem ahead of 5th World Holocaust Forum

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

World leaders heading high-level delegations from 49 countries began arriving in Israel on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, commemorating 75 years since the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. This is the first time the Israeli capital has hosted an event of this magnitude. The official events of … Read More

Israel’s security force for World Holocaust Forum will be nearly 10,000 strong

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A security force nearly 10,000 strong will be protecting world leaders and others attending the 5th World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on Thursday. Operation Future, which is being led by the Israel Police, was described in a police statement as a “complex and integrated national operation.” In addition to … Read More

World leaders converge on Jerusalem for the 5th World Holocaust Forum

Monday, January 20, 2020

(January 20, 2020 / JNS) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum and are hosting the 5th World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on Thursday. This year’s event, titled, “Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism,” commemorates 75 years since the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. According to Rivlin, the purpose … Read More