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Auschwitz Museum says it's a target of Russian propaganda

Jun. 24, 2022 13:24 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum alleged Friday that it was the target of “primitive" propaganda spread by Russian state agencies on social media. The museum said that social media posts falsely claim to show anti-Russian stickers placed around the memorial at...

Pope orders online release of WWII-era Pius XII Jewish files

Jun. 23, 2022 11:49 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has ordered the online publication of 170 volumes of its Jewish files from the recently opened Pope Pius XII archives, the Vatican announced Thursday, amid renewed debate about the legacy of its World War II-era pope. The documentation contains 2,700 files...

Polish man who rescued Jews during the Holocaust dies at 102

Jun. 21, 2022 13:45 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Józef Walaszczyk, a member of the Polish resistance who rescued dozens of Jews during the Nazi German occupation of Poland during World War II, has died aged 102. Walaszczyk died on Monday, according to the Institute of National Remembrance, a Polish state...

Poland wants formal rules for Israeli Holocaust study trips

Jun. 20, 2022 12:20 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government wants formal rules to regulate the terms under which Israeli schoolchildren pay Holocaust study visits to the country, including on the presence of armed Israeli guards, an official in Warsaw said Monday. Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin...

Israel cancels youth trips to Poland over Holocaust studies

Jun. 16, 2022 11:34 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has canceled educational trips to Poland for thousands of high school students this summer, claiming the Polish government is trying to control the Holocaust-studies curriculum taught to Israeli children, the Israeli foreign minister said. The announcement...

Bucolic Ukraine forest is site of mass grave exhumation

Jun. 13, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

BUCHA, Ukraine (AP) — The lush green beauty of a pine forest with singing birds contrasted with the violent deaths of newly discovered victims of Russia's war in Ukraine, as workers exhumed bodies from another mass grave near the town of Bucha on Kyiv's outskirts. The hands of...

$1.5M to be paid to police chief who displayed Nazi insignia

Jun. 11, 2022 18:20 PM EDT

KENT, Wash. (AP) — A suburban Seattle city will pay more than $1.5 million to settle a dispute with a former assistant police chief who was disciplined for posting a Nazi rank insignia on his office door and joking about the Holocaust. Former Kent Assistant Police Chief Derek...

White supremacists are riling up thousands on social media

Jun. 10, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The social media posts are of a distinct type. They hint darkly that the CIA or the FBI are behind mass shootings. They traffic in racist, sexist and homophobic tropes. They revel in the prospect of a “white boy summer.” White nationalists and supremacists, on...

Holocaust memorial chairman thanks pope for opening archives

Jun. 09, 2022 12:17 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The chairman of Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial said he thanked Pope Francis on Thursday for giving scholars access to the Holy See’s World War II-era archives. Dani Dayan, who met with Francis at the Vatican, said the pontiff described the archives’...

Vatican's Pius XII archives begin to shed light on WWII pope

Jun. 07, 2022 03:46 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has long defended its World War II-era pope, Pius XII, against criticism that he remained silent as the Holocaust unfolded, insisting that he worked quietly behind the scenes to save lives. A new book, citing recently opened Vatican archives, suggests the lives the...