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Berlin celebrates postwar visitor program for expelled Jews

Sep. 15, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin was the last place Helga Melmed had expected to see again. She was 14 when the Nazis forced her and her family onto a train from their home in the German capital to the Jewish ghetto in Lodz, Poland, in 1941. That started a gruesome odyssey that later saw her imprisoned at Auschwitz...

Poles who saved Jews during Holocaust honored in Warsaw

Sep. 8, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A U.S.-based Jewish foundation honored Polish gentiles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, a number that grows smaller each year, with U.S. and Israeli diplomats also paying their respects at the event Sunday in Warsaw to the elderly Poles who put their lives in danger to save...

Governor to take Tree of Life mezuzah to Holocaust memorials

Sep. 7, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf visits Holocaust memorials in Lithuania and Poland, he will carry the mezuzah that was on the office door of Rabbi Jeffrey Myers when a gunman burst into Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue last year and killed 11 people. Wolf said Friday that he...

WWII's start marked in Poland with German remorse, warning

Sep. 1, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Germany's president expressed deep remorse for the suffering his nation inflicted on Poland and the rest of Europe during World War II, warning of the dangers of nationalism as world leaders gathered Sunday in the country where the war started at incalculable costs. "This war was a...

Dallas Holocaust museum takes visitors from WWII to today

Aug. 31, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — When the Holocaust museum in Dallas opens the doors to its new building, visitors will be not only learning about the mass murder of Jews during World War II but also other genocides that have happened around the world, as well as human rights struggles in the U.S. The newly renamed Dallas...

WWII: A memory battleground on the 80th anniversary

Aug. 31, 2019 5:59 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Commemorations marking the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Poland this weekend come as the war has become a messy battleground of memory. In Poland and across Eastern Europe, many feel that their people's suffering has never been adequately recognized, or that they...

AP BOOK EXCERPT: The 'Enemy of the People'

Aug. 30, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

EDITIOR'S NOTE — September 1st, 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. In March 1933, six years before the war began, Adolf Hitler's storm troopers violently shut down a small German newspaper — the Munich Post — that had devoted close to a decade warning about...

Jewish groups speaking out against Trump immigration policy

Aug. 22, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — From fiery protests outside detention centers in Texas, New Jersey and Rhode Island to a sit-in that blockaded an Amazon store in New York, a fledgling coalition of liberal Jewish groups is increasingly making itself heard as it fights the Trump administration's immigration policies. Using...

AP Interview: Jesse Jackson slams 'dangerous' Trump rhetoric

Aug. 3, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson has condemned recent outbursts by President Donald Trump targeting lawmakers of color and inner cities as "dangerous, divisive and diversionary" and says he believes they are fueling white nationalist extremism. In an interview, the longtime civil rights leader...

Jesse Jackson pays homage to Roma at Auschwitz ceremony

Aug. 2, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — American civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson prayed and mourned at Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday as he joined survivors paying homage to an often-forgotten genocide — that of the Roma people — on a key 75th anniversary. In addition to the 6 million Jews killed...