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The Holocaust seen through its postal history

Holocaust Postal History by Justin Gordon; Six Point Watermark;© 2016; ISBN 9780997-840100; 138 pages plus glossaries, bibliography and index. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – The author of this richly illustrated book deserved compliments for his persistence as a collector, his clarity as a writer, and his ability as a researcher.  No matter how […]

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Holocaust museum completes memorable Portland trip

  (c) Oliver Pollak PORTLAND, Oregon — In the Summer of 2017 we took a 5,500-mile road trip. Richmond, California to Vancouver. The California and Oregon coasts were beautiful. Fish and chips galore. Right turn to the Trans-Canada Highway to a wedding in Winnipeg. Right turn to Omaha, Nebraska. Right turn and back to California. We […]

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Contra Costa County Jewish history exhibit seeks help

By Oliver B. Pollak RICHMOND, California — I am helping in the preparation of an exhibit at the Richmond Museum of History — “Pioneer Jews to the Present: Jews of Richmond and Contra Costa County.” I am reaching out to San Diego Jewish World readers who may have memories, photographs, artifacts or stories about Richmond and […]

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HBO film short has 10-year-old narrating the Holocaust

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – HBO and the Museum of Jewish Heritage plan to air on January 27th a 19-minute short film, The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm.  It builds on a touching conversation between an inquisitive 10-year-old, Elliot Saiontz, and his 90-year-old great-grandfather, Jack Feldman of Rochester, New York.  Elliot narrates the film. […]

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Ancient Jewish town from Hasmonean period discovered

Coins, pottery, and ritual baths recently uncovered revealed a Hasmonean-era Jewish town at the Susya in Mount Hevron. The findings are surprising in light of historical reports about Hasmonean activity to convert the Edomites who lived in the region, in year 112 BCE. The discovery a settlement site from the time of the Hasmonean Kingdom […]

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New book tells stories of Jews sheltered in China

7 years of research yields trove of material about wartime experience A new book was launched on Dec 12 in Shanghai that gives a new Chinese perspective on Jewish refugees in China during World War II. Publication of Jewish Refugees in China (1933-1945): History, Perspective and Chinese Model marked the conclusion of a project sponsored […]

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Chanukah in myth and history

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — The annual fun is upon us. But for those interested in such things, there’s lots of fuzzy history to contemplate. It’s probably best to ignore all that comes next, to enjoy with the kids and grandchildren, the parties, in Israel the long vacation from school, as well as the gifts […]

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For over 90 years, this Holocaust survivor’s art has kept him alive

When you step inside artist Kalman Aron’s modest apartment in Beverly Hills, a lifetime of creation surrounds you. The walls are covered in paintings and finished canvases are stacked on the floors, a dozen deep. The paintings range from portraits to landscapes to abstract works. They’re just a fraction of the roughly 2,000 pieces Aron […]

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Global tour of Auschwitz relics begins seven-year, 14-city journey

By Matt Lebovic An unprecedented world tour of artifacts from Auschwitz-Birkenau premiered in Madrid on December 1, the first stop in a “roving exhibition” about the Nazi death camp where one million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. With the tagline, “Not long ago. Not far away,” the tour will appear in 14 cities during […]

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This Man Grew Up Across The Street From Hitler

Close Edgar Feuchtwanger was 5 years old when Adolf Hitler looked at him for the first time. It was 1929. The child peered out of his window in Munich and watched the future chancellor of Germany step out of a black automobile. Hitler glanced up and made eye contact with the boy. That was when […]

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Why Arab- Israeli peace plans always fail

By Moshe Dann JERUSALEM — President Trump’s offer of the “ultimate deal,” a “peace plan” to end the Arab-Israeli conflict, has been rejected by the Arabs many times before, and it will be rejected again. The process is the same: as former Foreign Minister Abba Eban observed, “the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss […]

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Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich comes to Brooklyn

  By Beth Sarafraz The Jewish Voice, November 20, 2017 BROOKLYN, New York — Racing thru the pages of R’ Yosef Mendelevich’s autobiography, “Unbroken Spirit: A Heroic Story of Faith, Courage, and Survival,” Rabbi Heshy Ceitlin kept having the same thought. “Chani,” he said to his wife, “We have got to bring this man to […]

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In the shadow of Auschwitz, Jewish life once flowed with spirits

By Matt Lebovic OSWIECIM, Poland — Although its name later became synonymous with the Holocaust, the Polish town Oswiecim — or Auschwitz, in German — once brimmed with Jewish culture. The rise and fall of the community’s buildings left behind evocative relics, a few dozen photographs, and many tales of the town’s special place in […]

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Monuments For Polish Jews Could Be Taken Down

A monument to a group of Jews slaughtered for baking bread in Nazi-occupied Poland might soon be removed, according to local media reports. The owner of the property where the monument currently stands has asked local officials in the town of Chrzanow for permission to remove it, allegedly because he would like to sell the […]

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