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FILE - In this file photo dated Monday May 9, 2015, roses are symbolically placed on the railroad tracks at former concentration camp Westerbork, the Netherlands, remembering more than a hundred thousand Jews transported from Westerbork to Nazi death camps during WWII.  The NS railway company, announced that it will donate 5 million euros (dollars 5.6 million U.S. ) to Dutch Holocaust memorial centers as a gesture of collective recognition, but Jewish organizations criticized the company Monday June 29, 2020, for not adequately consulting them in discussions. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, FILE)

Jewish groups angry at Dutch railway company reparation

Jun. 29, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Jewish organizations criticized the Dutch national railway company Monday for not adequately consulting them in discussions to work out a form of recognition for Holocaust victims the company transported to camps in the Netherlands during World War II — from where they were sent to...

Austria breaks ground on Holocaust memorial in Vienna

Jun. 22, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria broke ground Monday on a new memorial to the country's 65,000 Jews killed during the Nazi era. “The Memorial to the Jewish Children, Women and Men of Austria who were Murdered in the Shoah” being erected in Vienna's central Ostarrichi Park will consist of large slabs set...

File - In this Tuesday, May 23, 2017 photo, first lady Melania Trump watch as Avner Shalev, chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, right, presents President Donald Trump a replica of a personal notebook of holocaust victim Ester Goldstein, in Jerusalem. Shalev, the chairman of Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Memorial said Sunday he will be stepping down from the role after 27 years. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Chairman of Israel's Yad Vashem to step down after 27 years

Jun. 21, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The chairman of Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Memorial said Sunday he will be stepping down after 27 years. Avner Shalev, 81, said in a letter to Yad Vashem employees that he made the decision to leave the position after nearly three decades following “thorough...

Zeev Sternhell, dovish Israeli expert on fascism, dies at 85

Jun. 21, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Zeev Sternhell, a prominent Israeli academic and expert in the study of fascism who issued dire warnings about the state of Israeli democracy, died Sunday. He was 85. Sternhell, a Holocaust survivor and an acclaimed professor of political science at Hebrew University, was an...

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...