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Holocaust survivor who led Yad Vashem memorial dies at 94

May. 06, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Yitzhak Arad, a Holocaust survivor and scholar who was the director of Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial for more than two decades, has died at the age of 94, the center said Thursday. Arad served as chairman of Yad Vashem from 1972 to 1993 and...

Holocaust survivor who testified against Eichmann dies at 91

May. 04, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Joseph Zalman Kleinman, a Holocaust survivor who survived the Auschwitz death camp and testified against Adolf Eichmann in the Nazi commander's trial in Jerusalem, died Tuesday, Israeli media reported. He was 91. The cause of death was not immediately...

Auschwitz inmates' families oppose ex-PM on museum council

Apr. 30, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Relatives of former Auschwitz prisoners from Poland are protesting the appointment of a top member of the country’s right-wing ruling party to an advisory council at the state-run Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in Poland. They argue that the former...

Wisconsin schools required to teach Holocaust under new law

Apr. 28, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill on Wednesday requiring Wisconsin middle and high school social studies classes to teach the Holocaust and other genocides. Wisconsin joins 17 other states that require Holocaust education, according to the United States...

Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel gets seat at National Cathedral

Apr. 28, 2021 00:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington National Cathedral, the massive Episcopal house of worship that prides itself on being an unfinished work-in-progress whose stones and stained glass tell the story of the 20th and 21st centuries, is unveiling its newest addition: a carving of iconic author,...

Woman thought friend was lost in Holocaust. Now, they Zoom.

Apr. 17, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The 9-year-old girls met in the schoolyard near their Berlin homes to say goodbye. Ilse Betty Grebenschikoff and Anne Maria Wahrenberg were best friends who leaned on one another during the early days of the Nazi’s anti-Jewish campaign. In...

3 resign from Auschwitz council after politician appointed

Apr. 16, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Three members of an advisory council for the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in Poland have resigned after the government appointed a former prime minister and top member of the country's right-wing ruling party to serve on the council. Culture Minister...

German president: Buchenwald a reminder of Nazi 'barbarism'

Apr. 11, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

WEIMAR, Germany (AP) — Germany’s president on Sunday marked the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp by reminding his compatriots of the inconceivable atrocities the Nazis committed there during the Third Reich. “Communists and...

Today in History

Apr. 11, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, April 11, the 101st day of 2021. There are 264 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 11, 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration...

March of the Living honors medical workers battling COVID-19

Apr. 08, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Like so many mothers, Raul Artal’s insisted that her son was going to be a doctor. But there was a history — and heroism — behind her ambitions for him. A determined Jewish doctor in a concentration camp in 1943 delivered Artal in a barn, despite...