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St. Louis Jewish Light

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

Rudolph Betty. Mother and Betty on right. Uncle, Aunt and 2 cousins who perished in Holocaust.

The price St. Louisan Jutta Buder’ Christian family paid standing up against Nazis in Germany

Published August 10, 2021

Since 1979, Vida “Sister” Goldman Prince has been Chairman of the Oral Histories Project, at the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum. The project is dedicated to recording and preserving audio interviews of not only Holocaust Survivors,...

Ben Cohen

Germany’s rising far-right threat

By Ben Cohen, JNSPublished October 24, 2019

On the night of June 2, a German politician by the name of Walter Lübcke was found lying dead in the garden of his home in Wolfhagen — a village on the outskirts of the city of Kassel in the center of the country — with a gunshot wound to the head....

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt

Halle attack was watershed moment for German Jews. Will the German government rise to the challenge?

By Rabbi Pinchas GoldschmidtPublished October 17, 2019

MOSCOW —The deadly attack against a synagogue in Halle by a far-right extremist on Yom Kippur could have ended not unlike the Pittsburgh massacre or the attack against a mosque in New Zealand, with dozens of worshippers killed by a lone wolf influenced...

Anti-Semitism Surfaces Anew in Germany

Anti-Semitism Surfaces Anew in Germany

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished June 6, 2019

In 1939, the year World War II started with Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland, Germany had a Jewish population of 270,000. Austria, Hitler’s birthplace, which was merged into Germany in the Anschluss, had 60,000 Jews.By 1945, Germany’s Jewish population...

Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Historic ‘firsts’ among Jewish Federation leaders

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished August 8, 2012

On Sept. 1, Andrew Rehfeld will assume his duties as the new Jewish Federation Chief Executive Officer and President, succeeding Barry Rosenberg, who has helmed the organization since 1993.  Until his retirement in 2013, Rosenberg will stay on to advise...

In 1936, both winter and summer games were held in Nazi Germany (a medal ceremony from the Berlin summer games is pictured), leaving a quandary for Jewish St. Louisan Mel Dubinsky, a contender for the Olympic team in ice skating.

When conscience collides with Olympics dreams

By Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished July 25, 2012

With Friday marking the official start of the London 2012 Olympics (officially the XXX Olympiad) and the thousands of Jewish and non-Jewish voices calling for a moment of silence in honor of the 40th anniversary of the 11 slain Israeli athletes in Munich,...

Historian looks at Europe’s Jews ‘On the Eve’ of war

By Burton A. Boxerman, Special to the Jewish LightPublished July 25, 2012

Numerous books have been written about Europe in the 1930s prior to the holocaust.   In Bernard Wasserstein’s provoking book, “On the Eve, The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War” (Simon and Schuster, 552 pages; $32.50), the author, a Professor...

Left to right, speaking at a news conference in Berlin are Shimon Cohen, spokesman for the Conference of European Rabbis; Rabbi Avichai Apel, a board member of the German Orthodox Rabbis Conference; and Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, July 12, 2012.

Circumcision ruling inspires defense, debate in Germany

By Toby Axelrod, JTAPublished July 18, 2012

BERLIN -- Say yes to circumcision. That’s the message of a petition that three German students have created at change.org. Directed toward the German government, the petition comes in light of a recent Cologne District Court ruling that found that non-medical...

“Never Forget:  My Family’s Flight From Nazi Terror”

Author/attorney Tom Singer publishes Shoah memoir

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished July 18, 2012

In October 2005, St. Louis attorney, author and Holocaust survivor/escapee Thomas M. (Tom) Singer completed a personal history of his family and their escape from Nazi Germany in the aftermath of Kristallnacht (“The Night of Broken Glass”), which...

Orthodox rabbinical group urging German Jews to defy court ruling on circumcision

JTA REPORTPublished July 11, 2012

BERLIN -- The head of Europe's main Orthodox rabbinical body said his organization is ready to back Jews in challenging the ruling in Germany that said circumcising young boys could be considered a criminal act. Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of...

Claims Conference chief Greg Schneider visiting a Nazi victim at her home in Moldova.

Can Greg Schneider steer the Claims Conference past a $57m fraud?

By Uriel Heilman, JTAPublished July 9, 2012

BEYOND FRAUD: A JTA SPECIAL REPORT PART I: FROM FARM TO (NEGOTIATING) TABLE NEW YORK (JTA) — The first sign that something was amiss at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany happened to fall on an auspicious date on the Jewish calendar:...

Lt. Col. Bernhard Fischer, a Jewish officer in the protocol branch, in his office at the German Federal Ministry of Defense.

Germany’s Jewish patriots find a home in the military

By Toby Axelrod, JTAPublished June 26, 2012

BERLIN -- In an office amid a labyrinth of hallways in Germany's Ministry of Defense, a short jaunt from where Claus von Stauffenberg was executed in 1944 for trying to kill Adolf Hitler, sits Bernhard Fischer, lieutenant colonel and Jew. What’s a...

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