Tag Archive for WWII

Polish President threatens to skip Israel’s World Holocaust Forum over Putin

Polish President Andrzej Duda told Polish television he would skip the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem if he is not given the same opportunity to speak, as was extended to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
– Both contradicted each other over cause of WWII.



Warsaw and Moscow’s argument over who collaborated with the Nazis continued this week, with Polish President Andrzej Duda threatening to skip the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem this month if he is not given the chance to speak like Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Duda told Polish television station TVP on Sunday night: “I found out that the presidents of Germany, France and Russia, whose countries collaborated with Nazi Germany, will give speeches.” Continue Reading »

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 »

Newly released UN documents prove allies knew of Jewish genocide years earlier


Newly released documents show the Allied Powers did little to stop the genocide, with one minister in the UK war department, Viscount Cranborne, commenting, ‘Jews are not a special case and that Britain is burdened with too many refugees as it is.’



Newly released documents provided by the United Nations revealed on Tuesday that the Allied Powers were well aware of the Jewish Holocaust at the hands of the Nazi regime at least two-and-a-half years earlier than commonly thought, according to The Independent.

Auschwitz prisoner’s barracks – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The documents, not seen for more than 70 years, showed at the same time that the Allies, made up of the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom, had prepared war crime indictments against Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and his top subordinates.

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Austrian Protestant & Catholic churches apologize to Jews at World War II ceremony

At Austrian commemoration ceremony of World War II’s end, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn said the Catholic Church must acknowledge & share the responsibility for creating the climate of hatred for Jews, fueling the Nazi era.

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Putin signs law outlawing denial of Nazi crimes

Opponents of the new law say Russia’s aim is to silence historians & journalists who dispute the glorification of the ex-USSR’s actions during World War II.

By Reuters



Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday making the denial of Nazi crimes and distortion of the Soviet Union’s role in the World War Two a criminal offence punishable by up to five years in jail.

Russian military vehicles rehearsing for Victory Day parade, Red Square, Moscow, May 5, 2014.

Russian military vehicles rehearsing for Victory Day parade, Red Square, Moscow, May 5, 2014. – Photo: AP

The law, described by critics as an attempt to curb freedom of expression to appease conservative Russians, the ex-KGB spy’s main support base, also criminalizes the public desecration of war memorials. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Knesset honors Soviet Army veterans

Israeli Knesset honors unsung heroes of WWII Tuesday.


Veterans will march in Tel Aviv on Thursday in full uniform marking Victory

By Associated Press


Once a year, Israel’s Jewish war veterans don suit jackets and uniforms dripping in Red Army medals, the shiny bronzes and silvers pinned to their chests in tight rows like armor.

בוריס גינסבורג בביתו באשדוד. נולד בבלרוסיה. היה בגטו העיירה לנין מ-1941 ועד לנפילתו בידי הפרטיזנים ב-1942. אז הצטרף לפרטיזנים וכעבור שנתיים התגייס לצבא האדום כחייל קרבי ונלחם עד סוף המלחמה. הוא השתחרר ב-1947 ועלה לישראל ב-2001.   (צילום: AP)

Boris Ginsburg, Ashdod (Photo: AP)

About 500,000 Jews served in the Soviet Red Army during World War II. Most of those still alive today – about 7,000 – are said to live in Israel.

Every year on Victory Day, which falls on Thursday this year, they parade in uniform throughout Israel to celebrate Nazi Germany’s surrender to the Soviet Union. Continue Reading »

Stolen Paintings to be Returned to Jewish Owners

The heirs of 2 Jewish families whose paintings were stolen during World War II will receive 7 paintings from France.

By Elad Benari


France will return seven paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries to the heirs of two Jewish families whose artworks were stolen during World War II, the French culture ministry told AFP on Thursday.

Six paintings by Italian and German artists will be returned to Thomas Selldorff, the octogenarian grandson of Austrian textile magnate Richard Neumann, who was forced to flee his country in 1938.

Neumann came with part of his art collection to Paris but fled to Spain when the Nazis occupied France and eventually reached Cuba, where he settled. Continue Reading »