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Thousands of pro-Palestinians march in London against Balfour

By TOI staff Several thousand pro-Palestinians marched through the streets of London on Saturday to protest the centenary of the historic Balfour Declaration that helped lead to the creation of the Jewish state. The marchers held signs reading “Free Palestine” and Justice for Palestine,” while they chanted “Free, Free Palestine and “Occupation no more.” There […]

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He recalls 75th anniversary of Holocaust train ride

By Garry Fabian MELBOURNE, Australia — While well over seven decades have passed, many of ones life the experiences are deeply embedded in our mind and specific dates have a significant impact despite the passage of time. While the aim in life should be take each day as it comes, and generally always be forward looking, […]

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How many Tunisian Jews were murdered in the Holocaust?

The ‘From Tunis to Djerba’ conference was held this week at the Dahan Center at Bar-Ilan University. A new study was presented at the event which revealed that the number of Tunisian Jews who perished in the Holocaust is tens of percentage points higher than previously thought and stands at close to 700 people. “When […]

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Dual exhibitions lift veil on Nazi-era art hoard

Portions of the spectacular art collection hoarded by the son of a Nazi-era dealer will be shown for the first time since World War II in parallel exhibitions in Switzerland and Germany starting Thursday. “Gurlitt: Status Report”, which displays around 450 works by masters including Monet, Cezanne, Renoir and Picasso, aims to shed a light […]

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Leading Arab Israeli researcher of the Holocaust says it’s ‘in my DNA’

By Dov Lieber It took Asfahan Bahloul, a leading Arab Israeli researcher of the Holocaust, quite some time to formulate how she feels when she sees Israeli jets soaring over Auschwitz. She had to think about it for weeks. And then a few more days. She finally sent her answer by email, to which this […]

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Ahead of Balfour 100, UK enshrines Churchill’s headstrong case for Israel

By Robert Philpot LONDON — Deep beneath the main London road of Whitehall lie the cabinet war rooms. From this bunker, surrounded by a military and civilian staff who rarely saw daylight for the five years of World War II, Winston Churchill commanded Britain’s war effort. Now a museum to the country’s wartime savior, this […]

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Gymboree ‘Jewish Star’ Toddler Dress Sparks Uproar

It’s 2017. Shouldn’t companies know by now that it’s a really, really bad idea to sell clothing that looks like it was inspired by the Holocaust? During World War II, six million Jews were brutally murdered by the Nazi regime—gassed, shot, hung, starved, beaten. But the saga of Holocaust fashion disasters continues, this time at […]

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Israeli, Australian, New Zealand leaders mark landmark WWI battle

Israeli, Australian and New Zealand leaders gathered in southern Israel on Tuesday to mark the 100th anniversary of a key cavalry charge that helped clear the way to Jerusalem during World War I. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was joined by his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull and New Zealand Governor-General Patsy Reddy in Beersheba, where the […]

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Plan to name German train after Anne Frank condemned

Plans by Germany’s national rail provider to name a train after Jewish diarist Anne Frank came under fire Monday, with a foundation saying it “caused new pain” to those who experienced deportations. “The (train’s) naming is controversial,” the Anne Frank Foundation said of the plans by Deutsche Bahn. “A combination of Anne Frank and a […]

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How the Philippines rescued Holocaust refugees

SAN DIEGO (Press Release) — San Diego State University lecturer, Dr. Bonnie Harris, recently collaborated with award-winning filmmaker Noel “Sonny” Izon to create the documentary An Open Door: Holocaust Haven in the Philippines.  Harris, who is a Holocaust scholar, acted as the film’s associate producer and consulting historian. The documentary is based in part on research […]

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Genealogy show unlocks Holocaust family tragedy for Scarlett Johansson

By TOI staff In the forthcoming episode of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots,” American Jewish actress Scarlett Johansson discovers the tragic fate of her relatives who died in the Holocaust. Johansson is overcome by emotion when she learns for the first time that her great uncle died in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi […]

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100 years on, international conferences debate Jewish role in Russian Revolution

By Julie Masis It is now 100 years since the revolution that brought down the Russian Tsar Nicholas II. For Jews, the fall of Tsarist Russia meant a new relative freedom: the end to the Pale of Settlement, which had prevented Jews from living in big cities, and the abolition of all other anti-Semitic laws, […]

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US museum debuts first 3-D holograms of Holocaust survivors

Seated onstage at a museum near Chicago, Adina Sella talks about her life as a Holocaust survivor. A group of young school kids is entranced — all the more so because Sella is not actually there. Her likeness is being beamed in the form of an interactive and moving hologram, part of a first-of-its-kind exhibition […]

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French priest who uncovered Nazi killing sites awarded Lantos rights prize

By Eric Cortellessa WASHINGTON — A French priest whose work has uncovered millions of previously unknown victims of the Nazi genocide was awarded the Lantos Foundation’s Human Rights Prize on Thursday morning, named for the Holocaust survivor and longtime California congressman. Father Patrick Desbois, a Roman Catholic clergyman who teaches at Georgetown University’s Program for […]

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