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Vatican to open archives on WWII-era pope accused of silence on Holocaust

Monday, March 4, 2019

Declaring that the church “isn’t afraid of history,” Pope Francis said Monday he has decided to open up the Vatican archives on World War II-era pope Pius XII, who has been criticized by Jews for staying silent on the Holocaust. Francis told officials and personnel of the Vatican Secret Archives that the archive would be … Read More

UK spy agency celebrates agent who saved 10,000 Jews from Holocaust

Friday, February 2, 2018

The chief of Britain’s spy agency made a rare public tribute to a spy who, during the years leading up to World War II, saved an estimated 10,000 German Jews by issuing them visas while posing as a bureaucrat at the British embassy in Berlin, even risking his safety to hide some Jews in his … Read More

Granddaughter of diplomat who saved Jewish refugees keeping his spirit alive

Monday, January 29, 2018

Madoka Sugihara, 51, never had a chance to hear directly from her grandfather Chiune Sugihara about his heroic efforts as a Japanese diplomat during World War II to issue visas to help thousands of Jews escape from Nazi persecution. But through the stories of the offspring of the survivors who were offered the “Visas for … Read More

State Hanukka candle-lighting ceremony dedicated to Holocaust survivors

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Holocaust survivors in Jerusalem, New York City and Berlin attended Hanukka candle-lighting ceremonies held in their honor on Thursday. In Jerusalem, the official state candle-lighting ceremony was, for the first time, dedicated to survivors and their reemergence from darkness into light, at the initiative of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) … Read More

Lighting Hanukkah Candles Under the Swastika’s Shadow

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Millions of Jews around the world will light a menorah to celebrate Hanukkah. Akiva Mansbach will be one of them. But his isn’t just any menorah. In its multigenerational life, its light has also touched the darkness. In Kiel, Germany, in 1932, Rabbi Dr. Akiva Posner and his wife, Rachel, lit the menorah and placed … Read More