Tag Archive for Holocaust Memorial

Putin inaugurates memorial to Jewish resistance fighters in Nazi camps

Russian President Vladimir Putin, “The Holocaust is a non-healing wound, a terrible lesson, a warning to all current and future generations.
“Such tragedies, crimes against humanity cannot, should not be forgotten.”

By  Reuters , Israel Hayom Staff


The crimes of the Holocaust will never be forgiven, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday at the inauguration of a memorial dedicated to the Jewish resistance in Nazi concentration camps and ghettos.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the opening ceremony of the monument to the heroes of resistance in the fascist camps and the Jewish ghetto (Moscow, the Jewish Museum and the Center of Tolerance) – Photo: Embassy of Russia in Israel

Standing on stage next to oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, the monument sponsor, and Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar, Putin said, “Mass killings of people which turned into an industry are a beastly crime of Nazism that cannot be forgiven. Continue Reading »

Holocaust ceremony cancelled after Poland censors speech of Israeli mayor

Polish officials cancelled joint Israeli-Polish Holocaust remembrance ceremony after the Israeli Foreign Ministry recommended to not change speech scheduled to be given by Kiryat Bialik mayor, explaining Israel’s unwillingness to compromise on historical facts.
– Israel’s Foreign Ministry has contacted the Polish Foreign Ministry regarding the incident.



The new Polish “Holocaust law” was felt by Israeli students in Poland Monday, when a joint Israeli-Polish Holocaust remembrance ceremony was cancelled after Polish authorities tried to censor the speech of an Israeli mayor.

Kiryat Bialik Mayor Eli Dukorsky had been set to address a delegation of students from his city who were visiting Poland. Continue Reading »

Pope Francis visits Auschwitz in memorial of Polish priest who died there

Pope Francis, after visiting the Nazi concentration & extermination camp in Poland, wrote in the visitor’s commemorative book: ‘Lord, have mercy on your people. Lord, forgive us for so much cruelty.’



OSWIECIM, Poland – Hunched on a bench near the gate to the Auschwitz death camp site in Poland, Pope Francis prayed silently on Friday in tribute to 1.5 million people, most of them Jews, gassed there by Nazi occupiers during World War Two.

Pope Francis walks through a gate with the words “Arbeit macht frei” (Work sets you free) at the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland, July 29, 2016.

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Jews Not Invited to Sweden Holocaust Commemoration


Although Swedish organizers cited ‘security concerns,’ Jews from the 300-strong community believe the Kristallnacht commemoration was ‘hijacked’ – to focus on the Muslim population and not on the Jewish Holocaust.

By Itamar Eichner


Members of the Jewish community in a city in northern Sweden were outraged to learn they were not invited to a ceremony commemorating Kristallnacht on Monday over “security concerns.”

A smashed store-front in Berlin following Kristallnacht in 1938 – Photo: Gettyimages

Kristallnacht, the “Night of the Broken Glass,” was a large-scale pogrom in 1938 against Austrian and German Jews, which many historians consider the opening shot in the Nazi-led campaign to exterminate the Jews of Europe. Continue Reading »

Last week Shanghai opened park honoring 20,000 Jewish Holocaust refugees


Life in Shanghai was marked by its own political tensions during the 1930’s & 1940’s, but the Chinese welcomed the Jewish refugees. “As bad as we had it, they had it worse. And they felt bad for us,” recalls Jerry Moses.

By Brian Schaefer


Beginning in 1938, as Jewish persecution by the Nazis went into high gear, approximately 20,000 Jewish refugees fled to Shanghai, one of the few safe havens in the world that did not require a visa.

On Sunday, a Jewish Memorial Park was opened at the Fushouyuan cemetery in that city’s Qingpu district in their honor. Continue Reading »

Prince Albert seeks forgiveness at memorial to Jews deported from Monaco


70 years after the Holocaust, Monaco’s Prince Albert II makes the first public apology for Monaco’s role in its contribution to Jewish suffering: “We committed the irreparable in handing over women, men & a child who had taken refuge with us.”

By The Associated Press


In an unprecedented gesture of repentance, Monaco’s Prince Albert II apologized Thursday for his country’s role in deporting Jews to Nazi camps, seven decades after police rounded up scores of people from the seaside principality, including those who had sought refuge from the Holocaust in what they thought was a safe and neutral land. Continue Reading »

Greek mayor reluctantly relents in disgraceful Holocaust monument scandal

European antisemitism runs deep: After global outrage, Kavala Mayor Dimitra Tsanaka, who had opposed the Star of David on a local monument to Jewish Holocaust victims, quietly capitulates saying new stele will be dedicated “soon”.

By The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff


Faced with blistering criticism over objecting to the presence of the Star of David on a monument dedicated to Holocaust victims, the mayor of Kavala, in northern Greece, told protesters that the dedication ceremony, originally set for this Sunday, will take place “very soon.”

Kavala Mayor Dimitra Tsanaka [Archive] – Photo: AP

The monument is dedicated to the 1,484 Jews who lived in Kavala, a small fishing town about 400 miles north of Athens, and were sent to their deaths in the Treblinka extermination camp in 1943. Continue Reading »

Merkel joins US vets & Jewish survivors marking 70th anniversary of Dachau liberation

WATCH: German Chancellor Merkel says marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, “There were unfathomable horrors everywhere. They all admonish us to never forget. No, we will never forget.”


Germans will never forget the “unfathomable horrors” that the Nazis inflicted at the death camps, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and camp survivor Max Mannheimer (in wheelchair) prepare to lay a wreath at Dachau, Sunday – Photo: AP

In a moving speech to 120 elderly survivors from 20 nations and six U.S. Continue Reading »

Holocaust memorial in Amsterdam delayed after receiving complaints


Local residents in Amsterdam petition city officials to reconsider plans of €5 million monument in honor of Holocaust victims, complaining it will take up too much space in popular park.



Amsterdam officials on Tuesday ordered a rethink of a multi-million-euro Holocaust monument by US architect Daniel Libeskind after residents complained it would take over their park

Model of the memorial monument "Path of Light" in honor of Holocaust victims (Photo: AFP / Studio Daniel Libeskind/ Comite Auschwitz)

Model of the memorial monument “Path of Light” in honor of Holocaust victims – Photo: AFP / Studio Daniel Libeskind/ Comite Auschwitz

“The project currently on the table does not fit in with its envisaged surroundings,” invited resident Lina van Beest told the Amsterdam Centre council before the majority vote requesting further consultations. Continue Reading »

After New Year’s eve vandalism, Germany commits to protect Berlin Holocaust memorial


YouTube Video clearly shows man urinating & others launching fireworks from middle of Berlin Holocaust memorial.



BERLIN – Germany has promised to strengthen security at the Holocaust Memorial in the heart of Berlin after a video published on the Internet showed a man urinating and people launching fireworks from its grey concrete structure on New Year’s Eve.

Berlin Holocaust Memorial

Berlin Holocaust Memorial

“The incidents are outrageous and to be deplored,” German Culture Minister Monika Gruetters was quoted as saying by Bild newspaper on Thursday.

A foundation that supervises the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, which was opened in 2005, will talk to police and arrange tighter security, Gruetters said. Continue Reading »

US Holocaust museum agrees to return barracks to Poland

The barracks were borrowed by the Holocaust Museum in 1989. In 2003, Poland passed a law that historical artifacts cannot be loaned for more than 5 years.


WARSAW, Poland — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington will return a section of wooden barracks which was given on long-term loan by the Auschwitz Museum 24 years ago.

Auschwitz Barracks - Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Auschwitz Barracks – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The barracks, the centerpiece of the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s permanent collection, will be replaced by another set from Birkenau, which will be owned by the museum.

The exhibition containing the barracks, half of a wooden building in which Jewish prisoners slept while imprisoned in the death camp, will be closed for five months beginning on Tuesday to allow for the removal of the old barracks and the installation of the new ones.

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Michelle Obama & girls visits Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial

The first lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters spent half-an-hour at the memorial site.



BERLIN – First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha visited the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, amid tight security.

First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha (right) and Malia visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Germany, on June 19, 2013. - Photo Bernd Von Jutrczenka-EPA

First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha (right) and Malia visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Germany, on June 19, 2013. – Photo Bernd Von Jutrczenka-EPA

According to Uwe Neumaerker, director of the memorial, Michelle Obama and her daughters spent about half-an-hour Wednesday morning visiting the sea of 2711 steles that make up the memorial, which was designed by American-Jewish architect Peter Eisenman and opened to the public in May 2005, on the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.

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