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St. Louis Jewish Light

SS troops guard members of the Jewish resistance captured during the suppression of the Warsaw ghetto uprising. Picture between 19 April 1943 and 16 May 1943 taken at Nowolipie street looking East, near intersection with Smocza street. In the back one can see ghetto wall with a gate. (US Holocaust Memorial Museum/Wikimedia Commons)

These 7 facts about America’s role during the holocaust might surprise you

By Stewart Ain, Hey Alma!Published September 15, 2022
When Nazi Germany began persecuting Jews in the 1930s, some American Jews feared that protesting publicly would backfire, and they stayed silent.
Noted photographer captures images of 12 St. Louis Holocaust survivors

Noted photographer captures images of 12 St. Louis Holocaust survivors

Bill Motchan, Special For The Jewish LightPublished May 11, 2022

As a boy growing up in Mainz, Germany, Luigi Toscano was fascinated by World War II. But he was frustrated by a lack of detail about a dark period in the country’s history: the Holocaust. His history teacher offered little information, and his textbook...

We Remember: Songs of Survivors now available on Nine PBS

“We Remember: Songs of Survivors” now available on Nine PBS

Dan Buffa, Special For The Jewish LightPublished April 27, 2022

"Many documentaries exist about the Holocaust. However, few have taken such a unique approach to telling these horrific stories." In remembering something so life-changing and tragic, yet hopeful and connective in its actions and impact, doing...

From the left: Moishe (Morris), Mailekh (Marcel), and Khil (Harry) Lenga in either Rome or Stuttgart, circa 1945. Lenga family collection.

St. Louisan Harry Lenga beat the Nazis by fixing watches to survive

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished April 26, 2022

On this, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), we honor the victims, remember the survivors, and educate the community about the history and lessons of the Holocaust. One such story has become a book, which will be released later this summer.  "The...

Barry Levinsons The Survivor tells story of man who boxed to survive Auschwitz

Barry Levinson’s “The Survivor” tells story of man who boxed to survive Auschwitz

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished April 24, 2022

More than 80 years after the end of the Holocaust we are once again living in a time of rising antisemitism, and watching genocide happen, this time in Ukraine. These facts make it even more crucial that we continue to remember and pass down the stories...

Simon Igielnik (left) with his parents, Jack and Fela, during a 1995 family trip to Israel.

Documentary on Holocaust featuring St. Louis survivors re-airing Sunday

Jordan Palmer and Eric BergerPublished April 20, 2022

Nine PBS is re-airing an important documentary on Holocaust survivors who settled in Kansas City after World War II. Two of them later moved to St. Louis. “All These Delicate Sorrows,” which premiered last June will reair Sunday, April 24 at 4...

How Morris Gutterman survived 5 camps and was forced labor on the Autobahn

How Morris Gutterman survived 5 camps and was forced labor on the Autobahn

Published February 15, 2022

Today, we tell the remarkable story of Morris Gutterman, a St. Louisan who survived living in Nazi-occupied Poland, 5 camps before being liberated by the British. The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum is allowing us to republish portions of their...

80th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference is Jan. 20

80th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference is Jan. 20

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished 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, ForwardPublished 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

Published 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, ForwardPublished 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 LightPublished 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,...

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