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A view from outside the former death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland

Major Holocaust exhibition coming to Kansas City’s Union Station starting in June

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-ChiefPublished May 25, 2021

What’s being billed as “the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust ever presented in North America” comes to Kansas City’s Union Station this summer. Featuring more than 700 original...

President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder addresses the offical ceremony at the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau during events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the camps liberation in Oswiecim, Poland, on January 27, 2020. - More than 200 survivors came from across the globe to the camp the Nazis built in Oswiecim in then-occupied Poland, to share their testimony as a stark warning amid a recent surge of anti-semitic attacks on both sides of the Atlantic. (Photo by Wojtek Radwanski / AFP) (Photo by WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Now More Than Ever, ‘Never Again’

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished January 30, 2020

Leaders from scores of nations, as diverse as Russian President Vladimir Putin to Prince Charles of the United Kingdom, and interfaith visitors from around the world — including an American Jewish Committee-led delegation with dozens of senior Islamic...

Paul Flo (second from right) is pictured in Berlin with other seminary students selected for the Fellow-ship at Auschwitz for the Study of Profes-sional Ethics. 

At Auschwitz, seminary students confront tough ethical questions

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished September 21, 2016

At Auschwitz, seminary students confront tough ethical questions         A story about a second-year Concordia Seminary student on his way to becoming a pastor with the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod isn’t typical fodder for News & Schmooze....

Italian soccer players honor Jewish soccer coach killed in Shoah

JTA REPORTPublished January 16, 2013

Italian soccer players expressed opposition to racism this week by honoring a Jewish soccer coach who was killed in the Holocaust. At an Italian Cup quarter finals match in Milan Wednesday, team members of the Milan Inter team and Bologna donned T-shirts...

in a 2010 Jewish Light file photo by Lisa Mandel.

Maria Szapszewicz, 90; Auschwitz survivor shared her story with the world

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished October 31, 2012

Maria Szapszewicz never erased the Auschwitz number tattoo the Nazis had put on her arm, nor did she erase the memories of the Holocaust from her mind.  Instead, Mrs. Szapszewicz shared those memories through moving poetry and essays, a published book...

On Iran, Auschwitz is relevant

By Rafael Medoff, JTAPublished March 12, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to the Holocaust in his March 5 speech at AIPAC for the same reason that President Shimon Peres referred to it in his speech the day before and President Obama alluded to it in his news...

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....

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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