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Family: Man killed in LA hit-and-run was Holocaust survivor

Jun. 21, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police said they are looking for a driver in a hit-and-run that killed a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday the collision occurred early Monday in a San Fernando Valley neighborhood. Graphic security video shows a light-colored...

Family: man killed in hit-and-run was Holocaust survivor, 91

Jun. 21, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Family members say a man killed in a hit-and-run crash at a Los Angeles intersection was a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor. Police are searching for the driver of a light-colored pickup with a camper shell seen on video striking a pedestrian at a crosswalk in Valley Village Monday. The...

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...