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Poland's chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, delivers letters with birthday greetings from the Israeli and Polish presidents, to Anna Kozminska, a 101-year-old Polish woman who is believed to the be oldest living person recognized by Yad Vashem for rescuing Jews during the Holocaust, in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, May 22, 2020. Both Reuven Rivlin of Israel and Andrzej Duda of Poland praised Kozminska in letters for her courage in risking her own life help Jews during the German occupation of Poland. (Grazyna Pawlak via AP)

Presidents of Poland, Israel honor 101-year-old WWII heroine

May. 22, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The presidents of Israel and Poland have sent birthday greetings to a 101-year-old Polish woman who is believed to be the be oldest living person recognized by Yad Vashem for rescuing Jews during the Holocaust. Reuven Rivlin of Israel and Andrzej Duda of Poland praised Anna Kozminska...

A woman holds a portrait of Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito, as people attend an anti-Nazi protest outside the Sacred Heart Cathedral during a mass commemorating members of the pro-Nazi Croatian WWII Ustasha regime, responsible for sending tens of thousands of Serbs, Gypsies and Jews to their death in concentration camps, who were killed at the end of WWII by Yugoslav communist troops, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Bosnian Catholic clerics along with Croatian state representatives and members of the Bosnian Croats community attended a religious service commemorating the massacre of Croatian pro-Nazis by victorious communists at the end of World War II. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)

Bosnians protest Mass in Sarajevo for Nazi-allied soldiers

May. 16, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Thousands of Bosnians, many wearing masks, demonstrated Saturday against a Mass in Sarajevo for Croatia’s Nazi-allied soldiers and civilians killed by partisan forces at the end of World War II. The Mass in Sarajevo was a replacement for a controversial annual...

FILE - In this file photo taken on April 5, 2017, Max Liebermann's

Lives Lost: Holocaust survivor reclaimed Nazi-looted artwork

May. 15, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — With the Nazis murdering Jews and ransacking their property outside on the infamous nights of Kristallnacht in 1938, 13-year-old David Toren sat in the sunroom of his wealthy great-uncle in Germany admiring a favorite painting depicting two men on horseback on a beach. Within a...

Brothers Alexander Feingold, left, and Joseph Feingold look at photo of themselves as boys in Joseph's apartment in New York on June 8, 2015. Joseph Feingold died at age 97 of complications from the new coronavirus, four weeks after his brother Alexander, 95, died of pneumonia at the same New York hospital. The brothers were Polish-born Holocaust survivors who had a difficult relationship shaped by the trauma of the war and the loss of their beloved mother and younger brother in Treblinka. The pandemic that gripped New York prevented a final farewell. (Raphaela Neihausen via AP)

Lives Lost: Brothers who survived Holocaust die weeks apart

May. 14, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The brothers didn't have a chance to say goodbye. As young Polish Jews, each came out of World War II with scars that forever shaped how they viewed the world, and each other. One survived Auschwitz, a death march and starvation. The other endured cold and hunger in a Siberian labor camp,...

In this combination image of file photos, from top left, shows an undated photo of Joan and Ed Porco in Orient, N.Y., provided by Julia Chachere; an April 8, 2020, photo of Bill Chambers when he was a young solider in the Canadian Army; an undated photo of Hannelore Fischer as a child after arriving in Portugal, provided by José Miguel Cruz da Costa; an undated photo of Sgt. Lenard Wells, a member of the League of Martin in Wisconsin, provided by Carl Hoyt/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel; from bottom left, an undated photo of Laneeka Barksdale, provided by the Barksdale family; a mid-1980s photo of then student Dr. Amged El-Hawrani in north London, who died March 28 at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, Britain; an early 2020 photo of Rafaela de Jesus Silva in Troncoso, Brazil, who gave birth on March 25, 2020, and died a week later from coronavirus complications, provided by her boyfriend Erisvaldo Lopes Dos Santos; and an undated photo of Enrico Giacomoni provided by t

Lives Lost: Victims of the virus, remembered for tomorrow

May. 12, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

Across the world, the devastation caused by the coronavirus is told in the voices of those left behind. In England, the brother of Amged El-Hawrani, a Sudanese immigrant who became a successful doctor, says a rock of the family has been lost. “We would all lean on him very heavily.” In the United...

FILE - In this May 8, 1945 file photo Parisians march through the Arc de Triomphe jubilantly waving flags of the Allied Nations as they celebrate the end of World War II in Europe. Nazi commanders signed their surrender to Allied forces in a French schoolhouse 75 years ago this week, ending World War II in Europe and the Holocaust. (AP Photo, File)

AP Was There: Nazis surrender, ending World War II in Europe

May. 6, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

REIMS, France (AP) — Nazi commanders signed their surrender to Allied forces in a French schoolhouse 75 years ago this week, ending World War II in Europe and the Holocaust. Unlike the mass street celebrations that greeted this momentous news in 1945, surviving veterans are marking V-E Day this year in...

Israeli Air Force aerobatic team flies in formation during celebrations for Israel's 72nd Independence Day, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The Israeli government announced a complete lockdown over their Independence Day to control the country's coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israel marks its Independence Day under coronavirus lockdown

Apr. 29, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis celebrated their Independence Day at home Wednesday amid a nationwide lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The national holiday, which honors the creation of Israel after the end of the British Mandate in 1948, is usually a festive occasion, with...

This circa 1987 photo provided by the family shows Isaiah Kuperstein with his sons, Daniel, left, and Adam in the Queens borough of New York. Isaiah Kuperstein died from COVID-19 on April 4, 2020. He was 70. (Kuperstein family via AP)

Lives Lost: A man who studied darkness, but beamed light

Apr. 22, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

He’d retreat to his basement, surrounded by thousands of books on the Holocaust. He’d return from Europe with photos of cemeteries. The lessons of relatives who were killed and parents who lived were so striking, he’d make sure his passport was at hand if he ever needed to flee. Yet Isaiah...

Germany condemns anti-Semitic disruption of memorial on Zoom

Apr. 22, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government has condemned an anti-Semitic incident that took place during an online Holocaust memorial event organized by the Israeli Embassy in Berlin. Unknown persons interrupted the Zoom meeting with Holocaust survivor Zvi Herschel late Monday by shouting anti-Semitic slogans and...

Holocaust survivors Manya Herman, left, and Eliezer Rabinovich wear masks and gloves as they keep a distance while attending an annual Holocaust memorial ceremony held outside this year because of the coronavirus, in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Israel, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israeli survivors remember Holocaust amid virus quarantine

Apr. 21, 2020 4:48 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — With the global coronavirus pandemic ravaging the elderly, Israel’s aging population of Holocaust survivors finds itself on the country’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day this year much like they were during World War II — alone and in fear of the unknown. Some...