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How watchmaking skills saved 3 Jewish brothers from the Nazi death machine

How watchmaking skills saved 3 Jewish brothers from the Nazi death machine

BY ROBERT A. COHN , EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EMERITUSPublished June 22, 2022

Every Holocaust survivor story is both a miracle and a curse. The miracle for any Jew in Nazi-occupied Europe between 1939 and 1945 is the fact that they managed to escape the merciless, ruthless and efficient Germans at all. The curse is survivors’...

St. Louis Holocaust Museum announces reopening date

St. Louis Holocaust Museum announces reopening date

Ellen Futterman and Bill MotchanPublished June 20, 2022

The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum will reopen on Nov. 2. The new 36,000 square foot structure will be four times larger than the previous facility, which was located on the lower level of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis building. It...

‘Stranger Things’ fans deny their tattoos evoke the Holocaust — it’s a growing trend.

‘Stranger Things’ fans deny their tattoos evoke the Holocaust — it’s a growing trend.

By Mira Fox, The ForwardPublished June 10, 2022

When you think of numbers tattooed on wrists, you probably think of Auschwitz and Holocaust survivors with numbers inked on their forearms. But for some fans of “Stranger Things,” Netflix’s cult favorite horror show, they think of Hawkins, Indiana,...

Critics accuse Pope Pius XII of having turned a blind eye to Jewish suffering during World War II. ( Wikimedia Commons) 

A new book explains Pope Pius XII’s silence during the Shoah — but does not excuse it

PJ Grisar, The ForwardPublished June 8, 2022

One day in late October 1941, Pope Pius XII received chilling news. A bishop in Slovakia wrote to say that the country’s Jews “are simply being shot … systematically murdered, without distinction of sex or age.” We can get a sense of how Pius...

Erich Dahl, WWII vet and man behind Famous Barrs French Onion Soup, passes at 102

Erich Dahl, WWII vet and man behind Famous Barr’s French Onion Soup, passes at 102

Jordan Palmer and Harley HammermanPublished June 5, 2022

Erich Dahl, Age 102, of Creve Coeur, Missouri was born on February 29, 1920 in Geilenkerchen, Germany and passed away on June 1, 2022. Growing up in Germany Dahl and his two sisters lived in Germany near the Belgium border. Their father was a cattle...

Gerda Cole, 98, reunited with her daughter, Sonya Grist, 79, after eight decades apart. Cole, who was a Jewish refugee in England during World War II, gave her newborn daughter up for adoption because she couldnt care for her. (Published with permission courtesy of Revera)

This Holocaust survivor reunited with the daughter she never knew

Evelyn Frick, KvellerPublished June 3, 2022

On May 7, 2022, Holocaust survivor Gerda Cole attended her 98th birthday party. The recreation room at Revera Kennedy Lodge Long Term Care Home in Toronto, where Gerda lives, was decorated in blue — her favorite color — and she wore a crown and...

Artists rendering of the new St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum.

St. Louis Holocaust Museum receives $1 Million pledge 

Published May 17, 2022

Today, the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum announced a $1 million dollar pledge from the Tilles Foundation to support the Museum’s new Impact Lab.  The Tilles Foundation is a private foundation “dedicated to finding the most effective...

Noted photographer captures images of 12 St. Louis Holocaust survivors

Noted photographer captures images of 12 St. Louis Holocaust survivors

Bill Motchan, Special For The Jewish LightPublished May 11, 2022

As a boy growing up in Mainz, Germany, Luigi Toscano was fascinated by World War II. But he was frustrated by a lack of detail about a dark period in the country’s history: the Holocaust. His history teacher offered little information, and his textbook...

Mexican couple honors Adolf and Evas 77th anniversary with Nazi themed wedding

Mexican couple honors Adolf and Eva’s 77th anniversary with Nazi themed wedding

CALEB GUEDES-REED , JTAPublished May 5, 2022

(JTA) – Jewish and antiracism groups in Mexico are raising alarm after a couple married in a Nazi-themed wedding there last week. The wedding of the couple, who have been identified only by their first names, Fernando and Josefina, took place in...

Russian chief rabbi: ‘It would be nice’ if Russia’s Lavrov apologized for Hitler comments

Russian chief rabbi: ‘It would be nice’ if Russia’s Lavrov apologized for Hitler comments

Published May 3, 2022

(JTA) — Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar has criticized remarks by his country’s foreign minister, who suggested that the worst antisemites were Jewish and that Adolf Hitler had Jewish ancestry. Lazar’s forthright criticism of Foreign Minister...

We Remember: Songs of Survivors now available on Nine PBS

“We Remember: Songs of Survivors” now available on Nine PBS

Dan Buffa, Special For The Jewish LightPublished April 27, 2022

"Many documentaries exist about the Holocaust. However, few have taken such a unique approach to telling these horrific stories." In remembering something so life-changing and tragic, yet hopeful and connective in its actions and impact, doing...

56 hidden letters unearth one womans unknowable Holocaust past

56 hidden letters unearth one woman’s unknowable Holocaust past

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished April 27, 2022

(JWA) - After a career spent telling other people's stories, Eleanor Reissa has finally uncovered her own. In 1986, when her mother died at the age of sixty-four, Eleanor went through all of her belongings. In the back of her mother’s lingerie drawer,...

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