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The Holocaust

Found diary helps retell tragedy of SS St. Louis victims in new graphic novel

Found diary helps retell tragedy of SS St. Louis victims in new graphic novel

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished February 21, 2024

The story of the SS St. Louis is a tragic chapter in the history of the Holocaust. The St. Louis was a German ocean liner carrying 937 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution in 1939. The ship sought asylum in Cuba but was denied entry. It then attempted...

In a scene from The Devils Confession, someone sets up the recorder to listen to a tape. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Exclusive screening of “The Devil’s Confession: The Lost Eichmann Tapes” coming to St. Louis

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished February 19, 2024

Last February, "The Devil’s Confession: The Lost Eichmann Tapes,” a three-part documentary series, began airing on Prime Video. What made this series different from others on Adolph Eichmann was its use of newly available audio of Eichmann recorded...

Missouri schools transform Holocaust education with innovative pilot program

Missouri schools transform Holocaust education with innovative pilot program

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished January 25, 2024

As Holocaust Remembrance Day approaches on Jan. 27, a cross-section of Missouri schools are using a new framework for Holocaust education. The pilot program of up to 25 school districts is the result of legislation signed into law by Governor Mike Parson...

How to watch the much anticipated Symphony of the Holocaust documentary

How to watch the much anticipated ‘Symphony of the Holocaust’ documentary

Published January 18, 2024

The much-anticipated “Symphony of the Holocaust” documentary World Premiere about child prodigy violinist and Holocaust Survivor Shony Alex Braun’s inspiring life and final wish being fulfilled in 2023, will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024,...

How St. Louis Holocaust Museum is marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day

How St. Louis’ Holocaust Museum is marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Published January 18, 2024

Each year on Jan. 27, the world commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day on the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet soldiers. This year, the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum is planning a weekend-long...

Guy Stern, who escaped Germany in the run-up to the Holocaust, speaks to a group of lawmakers in Hanover, Germany, May 14, 2019.

St. Louis war hero, WWII ‘Ritchie Boy,’ Guy Stern dies at 101

Andrew Lapin, JTAPublished December 13, 2023

(JTA) — Guy Stern, a German Jewish refugee who was one of the last known surviving members of the celebrated World War II military intelligence unit known as the “Ritchie Boys” and who became an accomplished Holocaust scholar after the war, died...

Roberto Benigni in a scene from his film Life is Beautiful.

Remembering when ‘Life is Beautiful’ hit US theaters 25 years ago and rocked Hollywood

Stephen Silver, Gabe Friedman, JTAPublished December 11, 2023

(JTA) — Ferne Pearlstein re-watched “Life is Beautiful,” Roberto Benigni’s Oscar-winning Holocaust film, around 2015. She was working on her documentary “The Last Laugh,” which focused on the possibilities — and limits — of Holocaust humor. Pearlstein...

Blue Bus Productions

Two Holocaust survivors, reunited after 80 years apart

Published December 5, 2023

(New York Jewish Week) — In March 2022, Jack Waksal thought he recognized Sam Ron, the keynote speaker at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s annual South Florida dinner in Boca Raton. But he couldn’t quite place him — after all, at 97, Waksal...

The Boxcar

St. Louis artist shares story behind this haunting piece of Holocaust art

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished November 27, 2023

As a young boy growing up in St. Louis, metal sculpture artist Dale Dicker, 74, was surrounded by many family members who survived the Holocaust. His grandfather, Joseph Barg, saw the rise of Nazism early on and successfully got his wife Yetta's family...

From “Rain of Ash: Roma, Jews, and the Holocaust.: Romani activist demonstrate in front of a USHMC meeting in Washington D.C. in 1984.

Revealing the forgotten ties between Jews and Romani victims of Nazi atrocities

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished November 13, 2023

In 1989, then Washington University Chancellor William H. Danforth created the Holocaust Memorial Lecture series. Since then, the series has been held annually on or near the date of Nov. 9, the anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogroms in Nazi Germany. The...

The Bornplatz Synagogue in Hamburg, Germany once held 1,200 congregants before it was destroyed in Kristallnacht.

St. Louis Holocaust Museum labels Hamas attack a ‘pogrom’ on anniversary of Kristallnacht

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished November 9, 2023

In a powerful statement issued on the 85th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom, the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum is labeling the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas on Israel as a "pogrom," drawing chilling parallels between the darkest chapters...

An image from the Holocaust history virtual reality experience being developed by the Conference of Jewish Claims Against Germany.

From virtual reality to digital synagogues, tech adds new dimension to Kristallnacht commemorations in Germany

Toby Axelrod, JTAPublished November 9, 2023

(JTA) — Nov. 9 marks several historical anniversaries in Germany, including Adolf Hitler’s failed putsch in 1923 and the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. But the Kristallnacht pogrom of 1938 eclipses them all, in terms of public significance. In Germany...

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