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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Sara and Leo Wolf are pictured at their home last week. The couple, both Holocaust survivors, were active in the founding of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. The HMLC plans to honor the couple during an event Aug. 5.

HMLC to honor survivors instrumental in museum’s founding

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished July 18, 2012

Ask Leo Wolf how many relatives he lost and the 91-year-old Creve Coeur man returns an answer simple enough to sum up what everybody should know about the Holocaust. “Enough,” he said. But thanks to Wolf, whose entire family vanished in the camps...

Young Jews entering the gates of Auschwitz-Birkenau Extermination Camp in Poland during the 2010 March of Living.

Marking 25 years, March of the Living uniting survivors with liberators in Poland

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished April 16, 2012

NEW YORK—Bernhard Storch grew up in a Jewish family in Silesia, near Poland’s border with Germany. Like many Polish Jews, he moved quickly from town to town as the Nazis advanced in 1939, trying to avoid capture. Before long he was caught and sent...

Czech Holocaust survivor publishes diary

By Michael Stein, JTAPublished January 31, 2012

PRAGUE -- A Czech Holocaust survivor published a diary of his Nazi concentration camp experiences. Michal Kraus, 81, published the diary, which he wrote shortly after World War II, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27. The diary will be...

Kazimierz Smolen, Auschwitz memorial director, dies

JTAPublished January 29, 2012

PRAGUE—Kazimierz Smolen, an Auschwitz survivor and postwar director of its memorial site, died in the Polish town of Oswiecim where the camp was located. Smolen died on the 67th anniversary of the Nazi camp's liberation, the Associated Press reported....

Auschwitz Jewish center honored by Austrian ambassador

JTAPublished January 27, 2012

The Auschwitz Jewish Center received the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award for its work to educate youth about the Nazi genocide of European Jewry. The presentation on international Holocaust Memorial Day marked the 67th anniversary of the liberation...

President Barack Obama

Obama pledges to combat denial on Holocaust commemoration day

JTAPublished January 27, 2012

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama pledged to combat Holocaust denial in a message marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In his message, Obama said the United States would "pledge to speak truth to those who deny the Holocaust." "As we celebrate...

Survivors’ group lauds Germany for plan to fight anti-Semitism

JTAPublished January 23, 2012

A U.S.-based group of Holocaust survivors is commending Germany on its determination to fight "deep-rooted" anti-Semitism at home. The American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants in a statement issued Monday said they were deeply shaken...

Menachem Z. Rosensaft

Exploiting the memory of child Holocaust victims is obscene

Menachem Z. Rosensaft, JTAPublished January 18, 2012

NEW YORK -- It is virtually impossible to imagine anything more reprehensible than the recent spectacle of haredi Orthodox Jewish boys wearing yellow stars of David and simulated striped black-and-white concentration camp uniforms at a demonstration...

Elaine Alexander’s mother, Paula Zysling Kempinski, is shown at top right in this photo of Holocaust survivors from Klodawa, Poland. The image was taken in 1947 at the former Displaced Persons Camp in Landsberg, Germany. The sign  is translated as “Memorial, 1942 to 1947 to remember 350 Jewish families — martyrs — who fell at the hands of the Nazis in Klodawa,  5702 - 22 Tevet / Jan. 11, 1942.

Children of Shoah survivors share in parents’ losses

BY ELAINE K. ALEXANDERPublished April 27, 2011

As my sisters, and I were growing up, Auschwitz - which each of our parents had survived - was a phantom presence. Auschwitz breathed our air, sat with us at supper, and shared our slumber.In the earliest years, we were witnesses to our parents' deepest...

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