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Holocaust

Banknote Helps Holocaust Survivor Reunite With Soldier Who Liberated Her

Monday, July 13, 2020

The great-grandson of Auschwitz survivor Lily Ebert, Dov Forman, 16, shared an interesting story about how the family’s matriarch reunited with the soldier who liberated her. Forman said that his great-grandmother showed him an Allied military authorities’ (Alliierte Militärbehörde) banknote inscribed with a hopeful message. A message that also helped her find the kind individual … Read More

Memorial Dedicated to Albanians Who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust

Friday, July 10, 2020

A memorial to Albanians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, established jointly by the US and Albania, was dedicated on Thursday, with the US ambassador to Albania calling the country’s legacy of rescuing Jews “an inspiring story of humanity, courage, and honor.” The memorial in the Grand Park of Tirana was established by the US … Read More

Construction Begins on First Public Monument to All Austria’s Holocaust Victims

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Construction began on the first public monument naming all Austrian victims of the Holocaust on Monday. The monument will list all 64,259 Austrian Jews who lost their lives to Nazi atrocities, and is scheduled to be completed next spring. Despite being the country where Adolf Hilter was born, Austria has long had issues confronting its … Read More

Portugal’s Parliament Recognizes Consul Who Saved Thousands From Nazis

Friday, June 19, 2020

Portugal’s parliament unanimously approved a bill last week to posthumously honor former Bordeaux Consul General Aristides de Sousa Mendes with a disembodied tomb at the National Pantheon. Mendes is credited with saving thousands of lives, including approximately 10,000 Jews, by directly disobeying orders and issuing thousands of visas to those attempting to flee the advancing Nazi army. … Read More

Portugal Finally Recognizes Consul Who Saved Thousands From Holocaust

Friday, June 19, 2020

Eighty years ago, a middle-aged, mid-ranking diplomat sank into deep depression and watched his hair turn grey in days, as he saw the streets of Bordeaux filling with Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis. As Portugal’s consul in Bordeaux, Aristides de Sousa Mendes faced a moral dilemma. Should he obey government orders or listen to his … Read More

Evidence of ‘Second Japanese Schindler’ Found in US

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

New evidence has emerged of another high-ranking Japanese official to be involved in the rescue of Jews during World War II via issuing transit visas those escaping persecution from Nazi Germany to pass through Japan, according to a report from the English-language Japanese daily The Mainichireleased in late May Saburo Nei (1902-92), who was Japan’s … Read More

Veteran Affairs: Nazis ‘Don’t Have a Place’ Next to Fallen American Heroes

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Following the discovery of three German POW tombstones found in military cemeteries across the United States, inscribed with Nazi symbols and sentiments – two at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in Texas and one at Fort Douglas Post Cemetery in Utah – ABC News’ Johnathan Elias decided to sit down with the Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert … Read More

Texas Holocaust Survivor Celebrates 100th Birthday With Drive-By Car Parade

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

A Holocaust survivor in Texas was surprised with a parade of drive-by visitors on Sunday in honor of his 100th birthday. A procession of cars and visitors — who were practicing social distancing and wearing masks — drove by Heinz Wallach’s home to help him celebrate the milestone. The parade was organized by his daughter, … Read More

Man Who Spent His Life Hunting Down Stolen Nazi Art Dies From COVID-19

Monday, May 18, 2020

David Toren, 94, a retired patent lawyer who made it his life’s mission to recover stolen art looted from his family by the Nazis, died from complications surrounding the novel coronavirus.  In 2014, Toren sued Germany and the state of Bavaria, with a court in Washington DC Bavaria’s Justice Ministry, for the return of paintings … Read More