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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

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,...

Cillian Murphy stars as parachutist Josef Gabcík in director Sean Ellis’ film ‘Anthropoid.’ Photo: James Lisle / Bleecker Street

‘Anthropoid’ falls flat as historical WWII thriller


“Anthropoid” sounds like the title of a science fiction movie but is in fact the title of a film about a secret World War II mission, code named “Operation Anthropoid,” to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, a high-ranking SS officer.Heydrich, nicknamed...

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 Emeritus 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...

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

Author/attorney Tom Singer publishes Shoah memoir

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus 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...

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, JTA 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:...

Students from the St. Ursula-Schule, a Catholic high school in Germany, view facsimiles of ads for Hitlers Mein Kampf at the House of the Wannsee Conference in Potsdam, site of the planning of the Final Solution.

German plans for ‘Mein Kampf’ excerpts in schools seen as a way to demystify Hitler tome

By Toby Axelrod, JTA June 17, 2012

BERLIN –- Does “Mein Kampf” belong in German high schools? With Adolf Hitler’s book due to come out of wraps here in 2015, freed after decades under copyright protection that prevented its publication in Germany, it’s a question that is being...

President Obamas use of the term Polish death camps during a May29, 2012 ceremony at the White House to honor the late Polish partisanJan Karski caused a stir.

President Obama’s ‘Polish death camps’ mistake is common

By Michael Berenbaum, JTA June 4, 2012

LOS ANGELES — President Barack Obama made a simple and very basic mistake when he spoke of Polish death camps during the presentation of a posthumous Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a Polish resistance fighter who was among the first to report German...

Hitler’s Hangman: The Life of Heydrich

Historian pens compelling biography of brutal Nazi mastermind

By Burton A. Boxerman, Special to the Jewish Light May 23, 2012

Except for his boss Heinrich Himmler, only Reinhard Heydrich — head of the SS security service and the Gestapo — was so instrumental in the planning and execution of the mass murder of six million European Jews, according to a historian Robert Gerwarth. ...

Editorial: The Hunger Blames

May 23, 2012

Should the history of Jewish persecution in rough economic times inform our opinions on how to deal with the world’s economic struggles? We answer in the affirmative, because we can’t avert our eyes from the rampant hatred toward Jews that spreads...

Jürgen Stroop, played by Gary Wayne Barker (left), is a Nazi war criminal who shares a cell with Kazimierz Moczarski, played by J. Samuel Davis, for nine months.

Knowing the enemy within

By Gerry Kowarsky, Special to the Jewish Light April 18, 2012

What would you do if you were imprisoned with a Nazi war criminal, someone who you tried to assassinate during the war? Kazimierz Moczarski found himself in this exact position. As an officer in the Polish resistance, Moczarski avoided capture during...

Eva Vavrecka contemplating the horrific living conditions that her mother and grandparents endured in the forest to survive World War II.

Monument honors helpers of Czech Jewish family that hid in woods from Nazis

By Bruce Konviser, JTA April 10, 2012

TRSICE, Czech Republic -- Nearly 70 years after a Czech Jewish family sought refuge from the Nazis by retreating into a nearby forest and relying on non-Jewish locals for help, an American high school teacher has helped erect a permanent monument to their...

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Reeling in the years

By Ellen Futterman, Editor March 28, 2012

Mark Gubernik, Jesse Kavadlo and Steve Chervitz have taken the old adage “you’re never too old to rock and roll” and set it in action. Approaching middle-age, married and all dads, the three recently formed a rock band and will be playing their...

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