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Holocaust Day 2012

Freedom Party Leader Under Fire for Holocaust Comments

By Jspace Staff on 1/31/2012 at 6:49 PM

Categories: Politics, History, World

Freedom Party Leader Under Fire for Holocaust Comments

Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache reportedly compared the protests surrounding an annual ball that attracts neo-Nazis to Nazi persecution of Jews. Vienna’s Jewish community has demanded an investigation, but the Party insists that remarks were misinterpreted. Though police only recorded isolated incidents, the Der Standard quoted Strache as saying that the violence from demonstrators outside the WKR ball Friday was "like Kristallnacht." The 1938 institutionalized pogroms across Germany and …More

Guardian Apologizes for Timing of Education Secretary Accusations

By Jspace Staff on 1/31/2012 at 5:40 PM

Categories: Education, Religion, Finance

Guardian Apologizes for Timing of Education Secretary Accusations

The Guardian has issued an apology for an article, published Friday, that questioned British Education Secretary Michael Gove’s role in awarding funding the a Jewish organization while acting on its advisory board. The Community Security Trust and Department for Education both defended Gove’s role on the board and in the grant-making process. In December 2010, Gove announced a £2 million grant to fund security measures at Jewish schools. In the Guardian article, David Miller, a campaigner for a …More

Thousands Protest Far-Right Austria Ball on Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Jspace Staff on 1/30/2012 at 3:53 PM

Categories: Culture, World

Thousands Protest Far-Right Austria Ball on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Five thousand demonstrators swarmed the Hofburg Palace Friday to protest a ball attended by Europe’s prominent far-right figures because it occurred on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The group picketed the annual Wiener Korporationsring ball in Vienna, chanting "Nazis out!" and holding posters depicting Holocaust victims that read, "Don't dance on my grave." Mostly right-wing student fraternities organize the WKR ball, part of the famous Austrian ball season. The controversial event was attended …More

New Organization Gives Voice to Russian Jews

By Jspace Staff on 1/30/2012 at 1:43 PM

Categories: World, Religion

New Organization Gives Voice to Russian Jews

Ukrainian businessman Alexander Levin announced the launch of his World Forum of Russian Jewry, an organization that seeks to harness the voice of Russian-speaking Jews, at a ceremony at the United Nations Friday. “Our goal is to bring together Russian-speaking Jews from around the world in order to save ourselves and other people from the next catastrophe and genocide, to preserve the world peace, and protect our national land the State of Israel,” Levin said. “We, the Russian-speaking Jews …More

Obama, Romney Release Statements on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Jspace Staff on 1/27/2012 at 3:47 PM

Categories: Politics, History, United States

Obama, Romney Release Statements on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

United States President Barack Obama released a statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, saying that America will “speak truth to those who deny the Holocaust.” “This International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Michelle and I join people in the United States, in Israel, and across the globe as we remember the 6 million Jews and millions of others who were murdered at the hands of the Nazis," Obama said. “Together with the State of Israel, and all our friends around the world, we …More

The World Observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 1/27/2012 at 2:48 PM

Categories: Politics, Israel, History

Countries around the world honored International Holocaust Remembrance Day with talks, concerts, and services. The theme for this year’s remembrance day, which is on the anniversary of when Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in 1945, is “Children and the Holocaust.” It is estimated 1.5 million children died during the Nazi-driven atrocity. In Poland, 30 Holocaust survivors were among those who participated in a holy mass at a church in Oswiecim, the town where Auschwitz …More

A Holocaust Survivor Recalls Life in the Warsaw Ghetto

By Jspace Staff on 1/27/2012 at 1:37 PM

Categories: World, History

A Holocaust Survivor Recalls Life in the Warsaw Ghetto

Holocaust survivor Marcel Reich-Ranicki delivered a moving keynote speech to the German lawmakers of the Bundestag today in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The 91-year-old literary critic began, “I speak as a witness,” and related his experience in the Warsaw Ghetto. Reich-Ranicki survived the war by translating German documents into Polish. He has vivid memories of the July 1942 day when the SS informed the ghetto’s Jewish council of plans for the inhabitants’ …More

Never Again: 10 Important Films About the Holocaust (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 1/27/2012 at 12:58 PM

Categories: Entertainment, History

The Holocaust is the defining event of the past century. The sheer horror of the cold statistics has an indefatigable hold on global cultural consciousness. Six million Jews stripped of clothing, hair and names were fed to the insatiable war machine. And it was a machine, carefully oiled and maintained. Brainwashing propaganda, from posters and speeches to salutes and faux-science, kept it in beautiful working order. To look at archival footage of thousands of polished Nazi boots marching in perfect …More

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  • The Wave
  • The Sorrow and The Pity
  • The Sorrow and The Pity
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  • Shoah
  • Schindler's List
  • Schindler's List
  • Night and Fog
  • Night and Fog
  • Life is Beautiful
  • Life is Beautiful
  • Jakob the Liar
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Defiance
  • Defiance

Turkey First Muslim Nation to Air Holocaust Documentary

By Jspace Staff on 1/27/2012 at 12:31 PM

Categories: Entertainment, History, Middle East

Turkey First Muslim Nation to Air Holocaust Documentary

Turkey became first Muslim nation to ever air Holocaust documentary “Shoah” when the first episode of the nine-hour film was shown on Turkish public television in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day late Thursday night. “We should acknowledge the courage and determination of the Turks," said Claude Lanzmann, the film’s director. "Turkey is a country people don't know and understand very badly." He added in an interview with the Associated Press, “It is a historical …More

The IDF Honors International Holocaust Remembrance Day (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 1/27/2012 at 11:46 AM

Categories: Israel, History

The Israel Defense Forces are honoring International Holocaust Remembrance Day with both their past actions and their plans for the future. “The Israeli state was founded to function as a home for the Jewish people. After the Holocaust, the need for a Jewish state grew bigger, and Israel was founded. The IDF—Israeli Defense Forces—is the Israeli army, and its purpose is to protect and defend Israel and its citizens,” said a statement from the IDF. “It serves as a functioning military …More

Jspace Headline Round Up for International Holocaust remembrance Day

By Jspace Staff on 1/27/2012 at 11:31 AM

Categories: Religion, History

Jspace Headline Round Up for International Holocaust remembrance Day

Robert S. Wistrich wonders if there could ever be a second Holocaust, pointing to those that believe the atrocity was nothing more than a “Zionist plot.” [Jerusalem Post] Is the taboo against anti-Semitism being eroded? Lee Smith asks what happened to our vigilance against anti-Semitic remarks. [Tablet] Natan Lerner looks at Holocaust denial through a legal lens and in terms of freedom of expression. [Haaretz] Israeli Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch said that the Holocaust taught …More

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Reflections on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Jspace Staff on 1/27/2012 at 10:18 AM

Categories: Religion, World, History

Reflections on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sixty-seven years ago today, the 322nd Rifle Division of the Soviet Army arrived at the front gate of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi death camps. They were greeted by a message that went across the top of the iron: Arbeit Macht Frei. Translation: Work Makes One Free. They found 348,820 men’s suits inside. They found 836,255 women's garments. They only found 7,500 survivors. Can you imagine that much empty fabric? Can you imagine it stretched out from end to end? Would it cover one mile? …More