By snatching 2 Swiss bank ledgers bound for the shredder in 1997, Christoph Meili helped the relatives of Jews murdered by Nazi Germany to recover $1.25 billion the Union Bank of Switzerland planned to keep for itself.
• The incident sparked a political crisis for Switzerland, financial disaster for Swiss banks and drove Meili into exile after receiving death threats.
By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff
The Swiss night watchman who ignited a furor over Holocaust victims’ missing wealth two decades ago is now reliving the ordeal that involved his dream of becoming a hero after the example of Oskar Schindler turned into a nightmare. Continue Reading »
Israel’s TV Nightly News reported Palestinians will be wearing the Holocaust-like striped camp uniforms while marching toward Gaza’s border fence, with Hamas expecting them to infiltrate into Israel during Friday’s border riots.
BY JERUSALEM POST STAFF
Palestinians are expected to protest along the Gaza border fence on Friday wearing clothing made to resemble uniforms worn by prisoners in concentration camps in the Holocaust, Channel 2 News reported on Thursday.
The report says Gazans wearing the uniforms will march toward the border fence and Hamas intends to incite people to try and cross the fence.
The report also cites Palestinian media and social media saying at least 1,500 terror kites are being prepared for the protests. Continue Reading »
The Polish League Against Defamation was the first to test Poland’s controversial Holocaust law, when it filed a lawsuit on Friday against the Argentinian daily newspaper Pagina 12, even though the article was published before the legislation was passed.
By EYTAN HALON
A major Argentinian newspaper has become the first target of Poland’s new Holocaust legislation, which took effect Thursday despite Israeli diplomatic pressure.
World War II atrocity in Jedwabne: Map of the crime scene compiled on the basis of court documents from Poland. The march of the Jews to the barn of Bronisław Śleszyński marked in red – Photo: Poeticbent
The nationalist Polish League Against Defamation organization filed a lawsuit on Friday against the Argentinian daily Pagina 12’s website, which it says used a photo of post-Second World War Polish resistance fighters in a December 2017 article about the 1941 Jedwabne pogrom. Continue Reading »
Over 600,000 sign petition calling for U.S. to cut ties with Poland until the new Polish law that criminalized attributing Holocaust atrocities to Polish state or nation, is rescinded.
• While the new law is contested by Israel and Jews world-wide, a Polish journalist says video “spits in the face of every Pole.”
By Dan Lavie, Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
The Ruderman Family Foundation, a prominent, private Jewish-American Foundation based in Boston, removed a video from YouTube on Wednesday that had sparked outrage in Poland .
The video provocatively used the term “Polish Holocaust,” which is historically inaccurate, to protest a controversial new Polish law criminalizing the suggestion that Poland was complicit with Nazi Germany’s crimes, especially the Holocaust. Continue Reading »
Europe’s rise in anti-Semitism stems from an acute indifference to the horrors of the Holocaust, that stems from the lack of a proper education, the ongoing ‘black propaganda’ and disinformation still being waged against the Jews, vis-à-vis Israel.
By ADNAN OKTAR
The Shoah was one of the gravest tragedies in history, yet many countries were apathetic and indifferent at the time. It took quite a while for the United States to take action. The United Kingdom was aware of what was happening, nevertheless, it initially followed a policy that emboldened Hitler. Today, even though in Western countries the Holocaust has acquired its status and is affirmed in the legislation of many, things are quite different in the Muslim world. Continue Reading »
Germany rejected a plea for clemency from the former Auschwitz guard, Oskar Groening, requiring him to begin his jail sentence for his participation in the death of 300,000 Hungarian Jews.
A plea for clemency filed by a 96-year-old former Auschwitz guard ordered by Germany’s highest court to serve his prison sentence for his role in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews has been denied.
Left: Oskar Groening as a young man in an SS uniform in an undated photo; right: Groening in the dock of the court in Lueneburg, northern Germany, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. – AP
German media reported that prosecutors said Wednesday that the clemency plea filed by Oskar Groening was rejected, Reuters reported. Continue Reading »
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits memorial to WWII Japanese Ambassador, Chiune Sugihara, a ‘Japanese Schindler’ who saved 5,558 European Jews from the Holocaust by disregarding his superiors in Tokyo and issued them entry visas to Japan.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday visited a memorial to a Japanese diplomat who saved 5,558 European Jews from the Holocaust by issuing visas from war-torn Lithuania, in defiance of Tokyo.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited this former Japanese consulate in Kaunas to pay tribute Chiune Sugihara. – Photo: Bonio/Wikimedia
Abe visited the two-story building, now a museum, which housed the consulate where Chiune Sugihara worked in the Baltic state’s second city Kaunas. Continue Reading »
Actors from Israel’s Cameri and Habima theaters stage a joint performance of the Polish play ‘Our Class,’ about the Jewish persecution during WWII. All the revenues are to be dedicated to the restoration and preservation of thousands of headstones in the ancient Jewish cemetery in Bitola, Macedonia, the only surviving remnant since the Nazi-annihilated community perished.
By Itamar Eichner
Actors from the Israeli Habima and Cameri theaters will join forces to preserve the ancient Jewish cemetery of the city of Bitola in Macedonia, Which lost its entire Jewish population during the Holocaust.
Two years after the actors visited, they decided to put on a special show whose proceeds would be devoted to the rehabilitation of the cemetery and about 6,000 of its neglected tombstones. Continue Reading »
During a two-hour meeting in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron, Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu declares very clearly that Jerusalem will not allow, under any circumstances, for Iran to establish ground or air bases for their soldiers in Syria, or Lebanon.
By RINA BASSIST, HERB KEINON
PARIS – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel opposes the US-Russian-brokered cease-fire in Syria because it perpetuates Iran’s military presence in the country and told French President Emmanuel Macron that Iran wants to establish air, land and sea bases in Lebanon, something Jerusalem cannot tolerate.
The warning came during a two-hour meeting the two leaders held in the Élysée Palace, after a ceremony earlier in the day marking 75 years since the roundup and deportation of more than 13,000 French Jews during the Holocaust. Continue Reading »
After learning of her uncle’s role aboard a UK destroyer that denied Holocaust survivors sailing to Israel aboard the Exodus from reaching the soon-to-be Jewish State, violinist Verity Steele finds a unique and touching way to apologize.
By Yaniv Halili & Israel Moskowitz
British citizen Verity Steele was shocked to discover that her uncle had taken an active role in forcing the Exodus—the famed ship carrying Holocaust survivors seeking to come to the Land of Israel, then called Palestine—to turn back to Europe. As a supporter of Israel, his niece Verity has found her own way to apologize.
The event itself took plane on July 11th, 1947 when the SS Exodus sailed from the south of France with some 4,500 Holocaust survivors on board. Continue Reading »
Google adjusts its algorithms after users asking “Did the Holocaust happen?” found they were being directed to white-supremacist, neo-Nazi forum.
• Google: Algorithms to best answer a query is a challenge, and we don’t always get it right.
By Israel Hayom Staff & News Agencies
An embarrassed Google announced it was adjusting its algorithms after users who entered the question “Did the Holocaust happen?” in online searches were directed to a neo-Nazi website.
The results of the Google search for “Did the Holocaust happen?” – Photo- Screenshot
Until recently, the top result the search engine provided to the query was a link to Stormfront, a white supremacist online forum, and an article titled “Top 10 reasons why the Holocaust didn’t happen.”
In an interview with NBC News on Tuesday, a spokesman for Google did not directly address the controversy, but said, “We strive to give users a breadth of diverse content from a variety of sources, and we’re committed to the principle of a free and open web. Continue Reading »
A delegation from Kigali Genocide Memorial Center visited the Int’l School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem to learn how the Rwandan genocide can best be memorialized.
– Head of the Kigali Genocide Memorial: ‘Yad Vashem is exactly what we’re trying to create.’
By Itamar Eichner
The International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, held a seminar in conjunction with the Israeli Foreign Ministry on the Rwanda genocide which occurred in 1994 earlier this week.
“Yad Vashem is exactly what we are trying to create,” said the head of the Rwandan delegation Gerta Honorah. Honorah is also the head of the Kigali Genocide MemorialSeveral of the members of the delegations were themselves survivors of the Rwandan genocide. Continue Reading »