Tag Archive for Holocaust survivors

AOC ‘declines’ invitation to learn the horrors of real concentration camps

Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg told the arrogant Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “now is an opportunity that won’t repeat itself,” since most concentration camp survivors are too old to make the journey.



Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has declined an invitation to visit Auschwitz with Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg.

Ocasio-Cortez was invited on the trip by Mosberg and Holocaust remembrance group From The Depths after she compared migrant detention camps on the United States’ southern border to Nazi-era “concentration camps” during an Instagram Live with her followers last week.


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March of Life: German Nazi descendants meet Holocaust survivors


The German organization ‘March of Life’ encourages young Germans to meet with Holocaust survivors and express their strong support for the State of Israel.
– WATCH: Nazis’ descendants sing ‘Hatikva’ to Holocaust survivors.

By Itay Ilnai


It was an emotionally charged moment: A young German woman, the granddaughter of a Nazi officer, sitting next to a Holocaust survivor and specifying what her grandfather had done to Jews during World War II. There was no anger there, just a lot of sadness.“Both sides of my family, my paternal side and my maternal side, were devout Nazis,” Anna Reiner confesses with a serious look on her angel face. Continue Reading »

Israel Electric Corporation technician goes extra mile for Holocaust survivor


IEC employee recruits help from his colleagues and the Arad Municipality after posting on Facebook the dire situation of 82 yr-old woman, who’s in need of a new refrigerator after the faulty electrical infrastructure was short-circuiting her home.

By Ilana Curiel


An Israel Electric Company technician arrived on Monday to fix a glitch at the home of an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor, only to discover the woman was living in a rundown house with neglected infrastructure. He decided to take on the project and even got his colleagues on board. Together, they are trying to fix her infrastructure and get her a new refrigerator. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Defense Minister ends IDF soldiers volunteering with migrant families

After public outcry, Defense Minister Liberman gave orders: ‘If soldiers have free time, they should help Holocaust survivors or the needy. Charity begins at home.’

By i24news


Israeli Defense Minster Avigdor Liberman has given orders to put a stop to a volunteering program involving IDF soldiers playing with children of migrants in south Tel Aviv after the incident caused public outcry, Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday.

Israel’s then FM, now Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman – Photo: AFP/MENAHEM KAHANA

According to the report, Liberman personally phoned IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot last week and ordered him to put an immediate end to the program. Continue Reading »

At 112, Holocaust survivor in Haifa is deemed ‘World’s Oldest Man’


After providing an official document issued in 1918 as proof, Israeli Holocaust survivor who’s living in Haifa, Yisrael Kristal, has acquired Guinness World Records recognition.

By i24news


Yisrael Kristal, a 112-year-old Holocaust survivor living in Israel, has been formally recognized as the world’s oldest man, Haaretz reports.

Taken on January 21, 2016, Yisrael Kristal sitting in his home in the Israeli city of Haifa, Israel – Photo: AFP

Reports surfaced at the end of January that Kristal’s grandson Oren had received an email from the Gerontology Research Group informing him that Yasutaro Koide of Japan had passed away, just two months short of his 113th birthday. Continue Reading »

Holocaust Survivor ‘Returns the Favor’ By Saving Syrian & Iraqi Christians

Saved from Nazi-ruled Austria at age 19, British Lord Weidenfeld establishes fund to save Iraqi & Syrian Christians.

By Israel Today Staff


At the age of 19, Arthur George Weidenfeld was among the many Jews whom British Christians successfully rescued from Nazi-controlled Austria just as Adolf Hitler and his cohorts were putting the “Final Solution” into action.

Seventy-seven years later, now a British lord, Weidenfeld is looking to return the favor by rescuing Syrian and Iraqi Christians under mortal threat from the advancing Islamist horde known as ISIS.

Weidenfeld was brought to England in 1938 by the Quakers and the Plymouth Brethren. Continue Reading »

German prosecutors seek 3.5 years’ jail for 94 yr-old ‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’

In probably the last trial of its kind, Oskar Groening, 94, is charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.

By i24news


German prosecutors on Tuesday said they were seeking three and a half years’ jail for a former SS officer known as the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz.”

Former SS officer Oskar Groening acknowledges “moral guilt” for his role as the bookkeeper at the Auschwitz concentration camp – Photo: DPA/AFP/File

Oskar Groening, 94, stands accused before a court in the northern city of Lueneburg of 300,000 counts of accessory to murder in the cases of deported Hungarian Jews sent to the gas chambers between May and July 1944. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Family Housed in Haifa Beat & Abused Local Holocaust Survivors

The 7 arrested Arab suspects who were housed by Israel on the same street for assisting authorities, allegedly bullied, stole, and beat up several elderly Holocaust survivors.

By Ahiya Raved


The Haifa police said Thursday it arrested seven Palestinians from the same family suspected of abusing Holocaust survivors.

Illustration (Photo: Shutterstock)
Illustrative Photo: Shutterstock

The seven are suspected of assaulting several of the elderly residents of a home for Holocaust survivors in Haifa’s Hadar neighborhood. The suspects allegedly stole from the survivors, bullied them and forbade them from walking on the sidewalk in an area near the home.

Police will bring the suspects for a remand extension on Thursday at the Haifa Magistrate’s Court. Continue Reading »

Dutch Gov’t Slashes Jewish Holocaust Survivor’s Pension for Moving to “West Jordan Bank”

To escape the anti-Semitism, a Jewish Dutch Holocaust survivor moved to Israel and had her pension chopped by 35% for residing in a non-Arab town over 1949 Armistice Lines.

By Cynthia Blank


Holland has cut down the pension payments of a Dutch Holocaust survivor who recently immigrated to Israel, because she settled in a town in the “West Jordan Bank.”

According to a Channel 2 report on Thursday, the 90-year-old Dutch national decided to join her family in the Jewish state in the wake of increased anti-Semitism across Europe.

In addition to financial help from the Israeli Justice Ministry, the woman, identified only as D.,

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Jewish group petitions Poland for safe return of Torah scrolls hidden in monastery

The Depths Holocaust commemoration organization seeks to retrieve 35 Torah scrolls stolen by Polish priest 70 years ago in his bid to decipher “hidden secrets.”

By Yori Yalon


Thirty-five Torah scrolls were recently discovered in Polish monastery, where they have been hidden since the Holocaust.

Jonny Daniels, founder and chairman of The Depths, with the Torah scrolls

It is believed the scrolls, which represent a significant historical find, were stolen over 70 years ago by a local priest, a known anti-Semite who sought to uncover secrets believed to have been hidden by Jews in the sacred books.

For decades, the scrolls were kept in the monastery’s rundown basement. Continue Reading »

Auschwitz Survivors Return on Eve of 70th Anniversary of Extermination-Camp’s Liberation

With some returning for 1st time, survivors from around the globe arrive at former death camp to pay respect to their relatives, loved ones & the millions of other Jews murdered by the Nazis.

News Agencies


Auschwitz survivors have made emotional private visits to the former Nazi death camp, a day before official commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of its liberation.

Visitors hold Israeli flag at entrance of Auschwitz. – Photo: Reuters
Coming from around the world, some returning for the first time, the survivors paid homage Monday to relatives murdered by Nazi Germany and the millions of other Jews who were killed in the Holocaust.
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1000 released IDF soldiers celebrate Hanukkah by visiting homes of Holocaust survivors

1000 students from Friends of IDF scholarship fund, visit 500 homes of Holocaust survivors, to celebrate the lighting of the 1st candle of Hanukkah.

By Omri Efraim


More than a thousand released IDF soldiers visited the homes of about 500 Holocaust Survivors in Israel to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with them as part of a broader initiative by the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims and the Impact scholarship program funded by the Friends of the IDF organization.

Released IDF soldiers light first candle of Hanukkah at the Gil Oz retirement home in Petah Tikva. (Photo: Yaron Brenner)

Released IDF soldiers light first candle of Hanukkah at the Gil Oz retirement home in Petah Tikva. – Photo: Yaron Brenner

About a dozen released IDF soldiers arrived at the Gil Oz retirement home in Petah Tikva to light the first candle with holocaust survivors.
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70 yeas later French town accepts credit for saving over 1,000 Jews

The French village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and its neighbors finally agreed to a memorial for saving over 1,000 Jews during the Holocaust.

By Moshe Gilad



The tranquility of the place is deceptive. The center of the small town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, in the heart of France, looks almost deserted. Green hills surround the town. Few cars drive down the main street that goes through it. On one side of the street is an old stone building, the church.

The memorial museum in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon.

The memorial museum in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. – Photo: The Le Chambon-sur-Lignon museum

Across the street, on the brick wall of a building, is a sign with a line in Hebrew: “The memory of the righteous shall be everlasting.”

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Lapid: NIS 1 billion national plan to financially assist Holocaust survivors


Israel’s finance minister Yair Lapid says, “The state of Israel has a historical debt to Holocaust survivors & our mission is to ease their burden in the final years of their lives.”



Finance Minister Yair Lapid announced a NIS one billion ‘National Plan to Assist Holocaust Survivors’ on Sunday.

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Starved prisoners, nearly dead from hunger, pose in concentration camp in Ebensee, Austria. Ebensee was a sub-camp of the main camp ‘Mauthausen’ near the town of the same name. The camp was reputedly used for “scientific” experiments. It was liberated by the 80th Division of the U.S.

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Bus driver in Israel called Holocaust survivor a Nazi, closed door on his wife


The bus driver not only insulted a Holocaust survivor, he then violently shut the bus door on man’s wife, bruising her arm.

‘A Holocaust survivor, being called a Nazi in Israel! Every Israeli should be ashamed.’

By Margarita Erbach


A 74-year-old Holocaust survivor was told he was Nazi because he spoke Dutch while traveling on a bus to Tel Aviv.

Metropoline bus

Metropoline bus – Photo: Omni bus simulator

Martin Leeda moved to Israel after surviving three Nazi concentration camps. Today he divides his time between Israel and the Netherlands, where he works as a guide in the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, and is an active part of the Jewish community there. Continue Reading »