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Israeli library offers glimpse of old Jewish life in Europe

Jun. 18, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's National Library has digitized a rare collection of communal ledgers from long-lost Jewish communities of Europe, offering the public a chance to study an era seen as a golden age of Jewish self-governance. The documents, known as pinkasim, were used by European Jewish communities...

UN marks what would have been Anne Frank's 90th birthday

Jun. 12, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A sapling from the horse chestnut tree that Anne Frank watched from her World War II hiding place in an attic in Amsterdam was planted and dedicated at U.N. headquarters Wednesday to mark what would have been the 90th birthday of the teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp....

Holocaust Museum digitizing letters from Anne Frank's father

Jun. 11, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Ryan Cooper was a 20-something Californian unsure of his place in the world when he struck up a pen pal correspondence in the 1970s with Otto Frank, the father of the young Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Through dozens of letters and several face-to-face meetings, the two forged a...

Holocaust Museum digitizing letters from Anne Frank's father

Jun. 11, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Ryan Cooper was a 20-something Californian unsure of his place in the world when he struck up a pen pal correspondence in the 1970s with Otto Frank, the father of the young Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Through dozens of letters and several face-to-face meetings, the two forged a...

From loss to liberation: Germany's evolving postwar attitude

Jun. 6, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — When Chancellor Angela Merkel thanked the Allies for the D-Day invasion and the "liberation" of Germany in World War II, she might have raised some eyebrows internationally. To those at home, the statement was unremarkable. There's no denying that the machine guns and howitzers firing at the...

Brass plaque memorializing Holocaust victim defaced in Rome

May. 30, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A brass plaque memorializing a Nazi Holocaust victim in Rome has been defaced with a sticker reading in German, "Murderers always return to the crime scene." Corriere della Sera on Thursday reported the threatening message on the so-called "stumbling stone," which was first noted by the...

2 men get prison for slain sheep 'performance' at Auschwitz

May. 28, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — On a cold day in March 2017, a group of young adults stripped naked at the former Auschwitz death camp and chained themselves together to the "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate as one man plunged a knife into a sheep's body over and over again. The two organizers of the stunt, including the man...

D-Day's 75th anniversary renews interest in some classrooms

May. 27, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Kasey Turcol has just 75 minutes to explain to her high school students the importance of D-Day — and if this wasn't the 75th anniversary of the turning point in World War II, she wouldn't devote that much time to it. D-Day is not part of the required curriculum in North Carolina...

Remains of Holocaust victims laid to rest in Belarus

May. 22, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Remains of more than 1,000 Holocaust victims were laid to rest on Wednesday in a Belarusian city on the border with Poland after a mass grave was discovered on a building site earlier this year. Belarus was home to a large, vibrant Jewish community before World War II, and the...

German Holocaust archive puts millions of documents online

May. 21, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The International Tracing Service in Germany has uploaded more than 13 million documents from Nazi concentration camps, including prisoner cards and death notices, to help Holocaust researchers and others investigate the fate of victims. Established by the Western Allies in the final days of...