Fiorello La Guardia, left, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, in Hyde Park, New York. Slap on the wrist.Photo by Wikimedia Commons
Haaretz, By David B. Green, March 5, 2014
New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, whose mother was Jewish, called the Fuehrer a ‘brown-shirted fanatic.’
On March 6, 1937, U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull apologized to the German Embassy for the insulting remarks about Adolf Hitler made by New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia three days earlier. La Guardia, speaking on March 3 to the Women’s Division of the American Jewish Congress, had proposed building a “chamber of horrors” at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. Hizzoner suggested that the pavilion have, “as a climax … a figure of that brown-shirted fanatic who is now menacing the peace of the world.” (more…)
National Post, By Abigale Subdhan, January 27, 2014
A Holocaust survivor takes part in the March of the Living holding a photos of himself as a concentration camp prisoner. A UN-hosted exhibit marking the March of the Living’s efforts will show hundreds of poems, quotes, photos and videos from the experience of students and survivors. Photo: Y. Zeliger
When Holocaust survivor Anita Ekstein first visited the death camp that held her mother, she couldn’t stop shaking.
She walked into the Belzec extermination camp in Poland to visit a newly opened memorial – and found her mother’s name, Ettel, etched into the wall. It was 2005, on Mother’s Day, more than 60 years after she had last seen her mother.
“It’s like my cemetery. We don’t have graves to visit, so now once a year when I go there, it’s like going to the cemetery there for me, my family,” the 79 year old says of her experience at the death camp where almost 435,000 Jews went to die.
Now Mrs. Ekstein’s story will be told at a UN-hosted exhibit in New York celebrating 25 years for an organization that bridges the gap between high school students and Holocaust survivors. (more…)
The slogan “Work Makes You Free” is on the gate at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial in Oranienburg, Germany. Sean Gallup/Getty Images
OSWIECIM, Poland — As one gazes out from the main watchtower at the grim desert that is the crumbling chimneys and crematories, vanished prisoners’ huts, barbed wire and ditches of Birkenau, it is hard to fathom that there were corners of the Nazi realm where, collectively, more killing occurred than in the death camps.
Monday, the 69th anniversary of the day Soviet forces liberated Auschwitz, was observed as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Yet a third or more of the almost six million Jews killed in the Holocaust perished not in the industrial-scale murder of the camps, but in executions at what historians call killing sites: thousands of villages, quarries, forests, wells, streets and homes that dot the map of Eastern Europe. (more…)
On Tuesday, January 28th 2014, in the Visitor Centre, Dag Hammarskjold Library Lower Level, the United Nations will begin hosting the International March of the Living Exhibit: When You Listen to a Witness, You Become a Witness. The opening event and reception will take place that evening in the Library gallery from 6PM – 8PM, withIsrael’s Ambassador to the UN, The Honorable Ron Prosser, as the keynote speaker.
The Wall Street Journal, December 5, 2013, by Naftali Bendavid
Simon Gronowski was a child when he jumped off a train heading to Auschwitz, after being held in Belgium. Cédric Gerbehaye for The Wall Street Journal
As Witnesses Die, Historians Find Reality of Tragedy Harder to Convey
JEMEPPE-SUR-SAMBRE, Belgium—Simon Gronowski, an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor, mesmerized schoolchildren in this small town recently with a detailed account of jumping off a train to Auschwitz and hiding from the Nazis for three years.
The students lobbed close to 50 questions at him, ranging from the unsophisticated—”Did you meet Hitler ?”—to the sensitive, like his feelings about losing the mother and sister who stayed on the train.
But the talk exhausted Mr. Gronowski. His knees bother him, he doesn’t hear that well, and it isn’t clear how much longer he can deliver such talks, though he has no plans to stop. “My children and my grandchildren will talk about it,” he said. “I can’t do any more than I’m doing.” (more…)
Csanad Szegedi was a member of the far-right Hungarian party seen in this rally from 2012 until he discovered his Jewish roots and left the party. Photo by AP
Once a rabid anti-Semite – until he discovered his Jewish roots – Hungarian politician is criticized by Montreal Jews.
A speech in Montreal by a Hungarian one-time anti-Semitic extremist will proceed despite attempts to have the invitation rescinded.
Csanad Szegedi, 31, a leading figure in Hungary’s neo-fascist Jobbik party for a decade who was known for his rabid anti-Semitism, was invited to speak in Montreal on December 9 by a local branch of Chabad, according to the Canadian Jewish News. (more…)
Holocaust survivor Leon Gersten (R) greets Czelaw Polziec at JFK airport in New York, November 27, 2013. Photo by Reuters
Czeslaw Polziec’s parents went to great pains to hide Leon Gersten’s family from the Nazis; the two met for the first time since WWII on the first night of Hanukkah.
For Holocaust survivor Leon Gersten, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will have a special meaning this year. He was reunited on Wednesday November 27 with the man whose family kept him hidden from the Nazis during World War II. (more…)
By The Associated Press and DPA, November 18, 2013
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during his visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and former concentration camp November 18, 2013. Photo by Reuters
Ban Ki-Moon lays a wreath and observes a moment of silence before meeting with Holocaust survivors.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid his respects to Holocaust victims in a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau on Monday.
Ban entered the Nazi death camp through the infamous ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ (Work Makes You Free) gate to see exhibitions that document the inhuman conditions suffered by camp inmates.
Accompanied by a former Auschwitz detainee Marian Turski, he walked through the red brick barracks, which still house huge mounds of shaved hair, shoes, baggage, and spectacles that were taken from inmates upon their arrival. (more…)
Hungarian opposition activists protest against the erection of a statue of wartime leader Miklos Horthy in central Budapest November 3,2013. Photo by Reuters
U.S., Jewish leaders condemn commemoration of Miklos Horthy, who allied Hungary with Nazi Germany and oversaw introduction of anti-Jewish laws.
The United States on Thursday strongly condemned a far-right party for unveiling a statue of wartime leader Miklos Horthy, who allied Hungary with Nazi Germany, an event which stoked concerns about a wave of anti-Semitism in the country.
The Jobbik party unveiled the statue on Sunday in Budapest. (more…)