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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

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 EmeritusPublished 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 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...

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:...

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, JTAPublished 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...

Hitler’s Hangman: The Life of Heydrich

Historian pens compelling biography of brutal Nazi mastermind

By Burton A. Boxerman, Special to the Jewish LightPublished 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. ...

The lower part of the Schindler factory next to a demolished 19th-century building.

Bankruptcy dispute, deterioration marring plans for memorial at Schindler factory site

By Eva Munk, JTAPublished April 25, 2012

BRNENEC, Czech Republic—The windows are smashed, the doors stand agape and the keys in the rusting padlocks have not been turned for years. Still, despite the plaster clinging to the crumbling bricks in leprous sheets, the front looks salvageable.The...

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 LightPublished 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, JTAPublished 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...

German court orders museum to return poster collection to Jewish heir

JTAPublished March 16, 2012

Germany’s top appeals court ruled Friday that Deutsches Historisches Museum must return a collection of more than 4,000 posters to the son of Hans Sachs, a Jewish dentist who fled Nazi Germany. The son, Peter Sachs, is a retired airline pilot from Sarasota,...

A scene from the documentary “Blut muss Fliessen” (Blood Must Flow), which features footage taken surreptitiously at neo-Nazi concerts.

Film offers an inside look at Germany’s neo-Nazi music scene

By Toby Axelrod, JTAPublished March 2, 2012

BERLIN—A new documentary is shining light on Germany’s neo-Nazi music scene and the role it plays in cultivating a violent far-right subculture. The film “Blut muss Fliessen” (Blood Must Flow) looks at the neo-Nazi music scene in Germany, as well...

France opens investigation into Nazi-themed party

JTAPublished February 16, 2012

French authorities have opened an investigation into a Nazi-themed party that led to the firing of a British lawmaker who attended. Aiden Burley, 32, a Conservative member of Britain's House of Commons, was dismissed in December, a week after photos of...

Foundation will aid UK Holocaust survivors

JTAPublished February 13, 2012

A new grant-giving foundation will provide one-time grants to help improve the quality of life for Holocaust survivors living in the United Kingdom. The Six Point Foundation said it has $6.3 million to assist victims of Nazi persecution or refugees, fugitives...

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