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The Holocaust

Israeli drama ‘June Zero’ spotlights three true stories about Eichmann trial

Israeli drama ‘June Zero’ spotlights three true stories about Eichmann trial

Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish LightPublished July 11, 2024

"June Zero,” a captivating historical drama set in Israel in 1961-1962, tells the true stories of three Israelis with different connections to the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi architect of the mass murder of Jews. Each of the stories is told...

Yitskhok Rudashevski

Discover the lost diary of a Holocaust teenager from your home in St. Louis

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished July 11, 2024

You may not know his name, or his diary, but just like Anne Frank's written words, Yitskhok Rudashevski’s writings stand as a powerful testament to the voices of teenagers lost in the Holocaust. Rudashevski was not just a teenager; he was a gifted...

St. Louis family fights to reclaim art stolen by the Nazis decades ago

St. Louis family fights to reclaim art stolen by the Nazis decades ago

By Dale Singer, Special to the Jewish LightPublished July 8, 2024

ST. LOUIS — When Vera Emmons was growing up in suburban Chicago, the topic of family art treasures stolen by the Nazis was hardly at the forefront of her life. She knew her mother, Gerda Nothmann, had survived concentration camps and made it...

Credit: Holocaust Museum Houston

‘600 Butterflies’ project taking flight at Holocaust Museum

Published June 24, 2024

Starting July 1, the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum will begin a new, free art workshop entitled, “600 Butterflies: A Community Tribute to Holocaust Victims.” Butterflies have long been a symbol of the children murdered during the Holocaust....

Jeffrey Shandler, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, is the author of Homes of the Past: A Lost Jewish Museum. (Etty Lassman; Indiana University Press)

The true story of the ‘The Lost Jewish Museum’

Andrew Silow-Carroll, JTAPublished June 24, 2024

Less than three months after Hamas invaded Israel on Oct. 7, 2023, producers of the doomed Nova Musical Festival created a traveling exhibit in Tel Aviv about the more than 360 partygoers slaughtered on that day. Featuring the belongings of the victims...

Legendary Mossad agent’s spy sketchbook, turned art exhibition coming to St. Louis

Legendary Mossad agent’s spy sketchbook, turned art exhibition coming to St. Louis

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished June 17, 2024

In 1960, when Mossad agent Peter Zvi Malkin led a team to capture the notorious Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, his cover was that of an ordinary tourist. To maintain this facade, Malkin carried art supplies, including pastels, colored pencils,...

Seeing triple. Courtesy of Harper, Amsterdam Publishers

This Auschwitz book trend has got to stop — the sooner the better

By Talya Zax, The ForwardPublished June 13, 2024

To the publishing industry I am begging you, please, to stop publishing books titled The [Blank] of Auschwitz. Truly, seriously: Please. We’ve had The Tattooist of Auschwitz. The Midwife of Auschwitz. The Violinist of Auschwitz. The Twins of Auschwitz....

Hitler and the Nazis makes use of colorized archival footage — some from Leni Riefenstahl — as well as reenactments.

Is this a Hitler documentary worth watching?

By PJ Grisar, The ForwardPublished June 5, 2024

There is no documentary subject more urgent and more overexposed than Hitler and the Nazis. So great is the glut of TV shows devoted to the Third Reich that you can take your pick of subgenres — a pop psychological profile of Hitler, National Geographic’s...

Lisa and Gittel

St. Louisan Holocaust survivors letters to become book, thanks to local translator

Published June 4, 2024

When Lisa Johnson’s internship at The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum ended in 2022, she described her work as nothing short of a labor of love. As a undergraduate student at Webster University majoring in German, Johnson...

Maya Lasker-Wallfisch, Kai Höss, and Hans-Jurgen Höss visit Auschwitz. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

New film revealing the true Holocaust story behind ‘The Zone of Interest’ opens in St. Louis

Jackie Hajdenberg, JTAPublished May 28, 2024

(JTA) — In “The Zone of Interest,” the Oscar-winning drama about life adjacent to Auschwitz, the children of Rudolf Höss, the Nazi concentration camp’s commandant, are only dimly aware of the horrors unfolding on the other side of the fence. Now,...

Oskar Jakob and Suzanne Rico

How this St. Louis Holocaust survivor and a Nazi descendant found each other to share their stories

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished May 13, 2024

Five hundred rivets—that was Oskar Jakob’s goal. Failure to meet the quota in a 12-hour shift meant severe punishment. “If I didn’t make the minimum, I got beaten,” Jakob said. Oskar Jakob, 94, is a Jewish St. Louisan and Holocaust...

Dee Dee Simon and Governor Mike Parson

Missouri Governor honors Holocaust survivors, educators

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished May 7, 2024

Dear Mrs. Feldman, You recommended that everyone always stand up against prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes. What you said connects to everything that I learned at the Holocaust museum. You defined something I can do in today's time to help people...

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