חֲסִידֵי אֻמּוֹת הָעוֹלָם Righteous Among the Nations ((Hebrew translation is above) Hebrew transliteration: khasidei umót ha'olám) is an honorific used by the State of Israel to describe non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis. The term originates with the concept of "righteous gentiles", a term… Continue reading Righteous Among Nations
The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is “Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah“– literally the “Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” It is marked on the 27th day in the month of Nisan — a week after the seventh day of Passover, and a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day… Continue reading Today Is Yom Hashoah
On Holocaust Memorial Day, don’t remember them as just 6 million Jews. The Nazis took their names and identities so we should remember them as 6 million individuals, each with their own story.
With its powerful 2.3-litre engine, the Steyr 220 was by far the fastest car in Auschwitz. As a result, it was often used by the camp’s feared commandant, SS-Lieu tenant Colonel Rudolf Hoess, to whisk him to Berlin for meetings. However, one Saturday afternoon in the middle of June 1942, the sedan had been commandeered… Continue reading Escape from Auschwitz: Incredible story of the 196 courageous prisoners who got away from the notorious death camp. But how on earth DID they do it?
“A 96-year-old former Auschwitz guard has challenged his prison sentence in Germany, arguing that it violates his “right to life”. Oskar Groening was convicted and sentenced in July 2015 to four years in jail for his role in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews at the concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. A federal appeals court… Continue reading Auschwitz guard, 96, challenges jail sentence because it violates his ‘right to life’
Fourteen-year-old Karoline Cohn’s good luck charm was not enough to protect her.A Jewish girl born in Germany in 1929, she is believed to have been deported to the Minsk Ghetto on Nov. 11, 1941. About two years later, the ghetto was liquidated and the Nazis sent the 2,000 Jews there to the Sobibor extermination camp.… Continue reading A Young Holocaust Victim Left Behind a Clue That Would Reunite Her Family Decades Later
In 1944, Marcel Nadjari -- a Greek Jew who was forced to remove bodies from the Auschwitz gas chambers -- buried a letter in a forest near the camp. The text was rediscovered in 1980, but it was virtually unreadable. Using a new imaging technique, scientists have finally reconstructed the letter, and it's providing harrowing… Continue reading Letter Reveals Horror of Auschwitz
Early Nazi Persecution In the 1920s, most German Jews were fully integrated into German society as German citizens. They served in the German army and navy and contributed to every field of German business, science and culture. Conditions for the Jews began to change after the appointment of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany on… Continue reading Kristallnacht
I know I haven't posted in a while, I've been focusing on my work and I've also been working on a big article in the background. For now though, I'm finding some filler to put on here in the meantime. 1933 January 30: Adolf Hitler appointed Chancellor of Germany by President Von Hindenburg. March 22:… Continue reading Anti-Semitic Timeline – 1933-1945
Adolf Eichmann was a German Nazi SS-Obersturmbannführer (equivalent to a lieutenant colonel) and one of the major organisers of the Holocaust. Eichmann was tasked by SS-Obergruppenführer (general/lieutenant general) Reinhard Heydrich with facilitating and managing the logistics of mass deportation of Jews to ghettos and extermination camps in German-occupied Eastern Europe during World War II. In… Continue reading The Eichmann Trial