Category : In the News
Haaretz, By JTA, December 1, 2013
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speech in Montreal by a Hungarian one-time anti-Semitic extremist will proceed despite attempts to have the invitation rescinded.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…)
Haaretz, By Reuters, November 28, 2013
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…)
Haaretz, November 7, 2013, By Reuters
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…)
BBC, 5 November 2103
Artworks were looted from occupied countries or confiscated for being “degenerate”
Previously unknown artworks by masters are among more than 1,400 pieces found in a trove of Nazi-looted art in Munich, German officials say.
As slides of the paintings were shown at a news conference, an expert said the works had been seized from private individuals or institutions.
Previously unregistered works by Marc Chagall, Otto Dix, Max Liebermann and Henri Matisse were found. (more…)
Haartetz, By David B. Green, Nov. 3, 2013
A 1944 photo of the mass grave at Majdanek.
Perturbed by increasing Jewish resistance in the area, the Nazis executed some 43,000 Jews at Majdanek and two of its sub-camps in the Lublin district of Poland.
On November 3, 1943, German forces in the Lublin district of Poland carried out the Holocaust’s largest massacre of Jews over a 24-hour period. Dubbed Aktion Erntefest (Operation Harvest Festival), the Nazis oversaw the execution of some 43,000 people at Majdanek and two of its sub-camps, Trawniki and Poniatowa. (more…)
Haaretz, By Avital Chizhik, November 3, 2013
Maciej Stuhr, left, and Ireneusz Czop as brother Jozek and Franek in ‘Aftermath.’Photo by Menemsha Films
The power of ‘Aftermath,’ an uncomfortable film about a Polish village’s dark secret, comes from its reliance on the viewer’s imagination. In this realist nightmare, the Jews are only imagined.
When you approach it, on a gray summer afternoon, it looks like just another soccer field. The local college student who’s playing tour guide today nods and says, in Polish-accented Russian, that we should keep walking. Each step we take is careful and measured. It’s beginning to drizzle; the rest of our group decided to stay behind, at the roadside. (more…)
The Times of Israel, By Ron Kampeas, October 24, 2013
Portrait of Hungarian far-right lawmaker Marton Gyongyosi (depicted with a Hitler mustache), at a mass protest against Nazism in Budapest, December 2, 2012. (photo credit: AP/MTI, Laszlo Beliczay)
Armed with a PR team imported from New York, Budapest pledges to commemorate mass deportation of Jews
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Armed with a powerful New York public relations outfit and a pledge to commemorate the mass deportation of Hungarian Jewry, the Hungarian government is preparing to challenge what it says is an inaccurate image of a country lax in confronting home-grown extremism.
Ferenc Kumin, an adviser to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban who handles international communications, reached out to JTA last week to counter what he says are unfair perceptions of his government’s treatment of Jews and other minorities. (more…)
Haaretz, October 21, 2013, By JTA
A plaque is placed by participants of the March of the Living on the railway tracks of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi Death Camp near Oswiecim, Poland. Photo by AP
Video testimony is tool for educating public, government says.
Canada has allocated $800,000 to preserve the testimonies of Holocaust survivors.
The funding from the federal Citizenship and Immigration department will go to four Jewish organizations in Canada to gather video testimony from survivors.
“Canada has been profoundly shaped by approximately 40,000 Holocaust survivors who resettled across our country after World War II,” Jason Kenney, the minister for multiculturalism, said in a recent statement. “As Canadians, it is our responsibility to learn from these brave individuals and ensure that the horrible events of the Holocaust are not forgotten, and ensure that such atrocities never happen again.” (more…)