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80th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference is Jan. 20

80th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference is Jan. 20

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer January 19, 2022

At a secluded villa on Berlin’s Wannsee lake, 15 senior Nazi officials came together on January 20th, 1942. The 15 had been invited for a conference by SS General Reinhard Heydrich, who was appointed by Adolf Hiter to prepare for the Final Solution...

August Häffner,left, and Viktor Trill, two of the perpetrators of the Babi Yar massacre

34,000 Jews were murdered at Babi Yar in 48 hours. This is who did it

Noga Tarnopolsky, Forward October 7, 2021

Babi Yar may be the world’s deepest whodunit: Who killed some 34,000 Jews in just 48 hours on September 29 and 30, 1941, in this unexceptional park 15 minutes from downtown Kyiv? And who proceeded to murder a total of 100,000 people in this leafy...

An overcrowded concentration camp allowed this St. Lousian to be saved by Hungarian Rabbi

An overcrowded concentration camp allowed this St. Lousian to be saved by Hungarian Rabbi

September 28, 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,...

Researchers want to know who, if anyone, betrayed Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis. (Flickr Commons)

How could anyone ever hate Anne Frank — why a fringe group declared war on the Holocaust’s most famous victim

Mira Fox, Forward September 13, 2021

Anne Frank trending on Twitter is rarely a good thing. From January to May this year, Black Hammer, which calls itself a “revolutionary organization” working for “all colonized people worldwide,” tweeted monthly statements condemning the most...

During the Anschluss, he wore the uniform of Nazi Germany. Then they discovered he was Jewish

During the Anschluss, he wore the uniform of Nazi Germany. Then they discovered he was Jewish

The St. Louis Kaplan Holocaust Museum , SPecial for the Jewish Light August 17, 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,...

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

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,...

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-Chief 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...

Steven Spielberg

A 1998 Spielberg-produced Holocaust documentary will be streamed on Netflix

Shira Hanau April 23, 2021

(JTA) — An Oscar-winning documentary about the experience of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust that was produced by Steven Spielberg will be made available for streaming on Netflix. “The Last Days” will be remastered from the original 35 mm...

Prisoners play ‘The Tango of Death’ during the execution of Soviet citizens at the Janowska concentration camp in Ukraine. AFP via Getty Images

How the Nazis used music to celebrate and facilitate murder

Edward B. Westermann, Regents Professor of History, Texas A&M-San Antonio April 6, 2021

In December 1943, a 20-year-old named Ruth Elias arrived in a cattle car at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. She was assigned to Block 6 in the family camp, a barracks that housed young women and the camp’s male orchestra, an ensemble...

Agnes Hirschi-Grausz and Charlotte Schallié co-authored ‘Under Swiss Protection: Jewish Eyewitness Accounts from Wartime Budapest,’ which retraces Lutz’s rescue efforts in wartime Budapest through the lens of eyewitness testimonies. 

Rubin Feldman Memorial Lecture to honor Holocaust rescuer with St. Louis ties

February 26, 2021

This year’s Annual Rubin Feldman Memorial Lecture will put a spotlight on a little-known story of Carl Lutz, a former St. Louisan who saved more than 50,000 Jews from the Nazis. The program will take place virtually at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, and...

Holocaust Survivor to speak at Hillel’s Kristallnacht commemoration

Holocaust Survivor to speak at Hillel’s Kristallnacht commemoration

November 6, 2020

Holocaust Survivor Eva Perlman will share her extraordinary life story at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Her talk is hosted by Hillel at Washington University and the Hillel Leadership Council in commemoration of Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass). ...

Holocaust survivor Larisa Graypel lights a candle of remembrance at the 2019 Yom HaShoah Community Commemoration organized by the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center of St. Louis and held at Congregation Shaare Emeth.  

Yom HaShoah: Remember to Remember

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL April 23, 2020

Among the many questions that the current shelter-in-place situation has posed, here is one more: How can the Jewish community properly and respectfully observe Yom HaShoah when the COVID-19 shutdown has made large gatherings impossible? Yom HaShoah,...

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