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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-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,...

Diplomat Carl Lutz, who worked in St. Louis in from 1933-1934, would later save thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.  

Holocaust hero had early roots in St. Louis

By Amy Lutz January 30, 2020

On March 18, 1934, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran a short announcement entitled, “Chancellor of Swiss Consulate to Wed.” The chancellor, Carl Lutz, was engaged to another Swiss immigrant, Gertrude “Trudi” Fankhauser, and the two returned to Switzerland...

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 camp's 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 EDITORIAL 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...

Ben Cohen

Truth is not selective: Poland vs. Netflix

By Ben Cohen, JNS November 21, 2019

In debate over Holocaust collaboration, Poland seeks complete exoneration, which doesn’t comport with the historical recordPoland’s government won an important victory on the battleground of history last week. It succeeded in persuading the entertainment-streaming...

Rafael Medoff

Why Eisenhower deleted the Jews

By Rafael Madoff, JNS October 24, 2019

In 1944, Eisenhower deleted references to Jews from an Allied warning about Nazi war crimes.The upcoming 50th anniversary of the passing of Dwight D. Eisenhower has occasioned a number of laudatory essays about the former president and commander of the...

The Belzec Memorial on the site of the former Nazi death camp in southeast Poland.  

Poland grapples with legacy of WWII death camps

By Robert Stein September 5, 2019

The walls, higher in memory than in reality, form the central path that leads to the gas chamber. Stacks of inorganic, valueless furnace slags raked from the top of molten steel are strewn about a vast acreage, lifeless. I stood at the entrance to the...

Ellie DesPrez

St. Louis educators attend Holocaust teaching conference; Ramot Amoona cookbook; fashionable fundraiser at UH

Ellen Futterman, Editor August 8, 2019

Studying dark days to enlightenUnder the heading, “highlights of my summer vacation,” teachers Ellie DesPrez and Jill Donovan say their time spent at the Belfer Conference in Washington, D.C. about tops the list.English teachers at John Burroughs...

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