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Chicago’s 96-Year-Old Barber from Auschwitz Has Finally Retired

By On September 13, 2016

Benny “The Barber” Scheinkopf has closed up shop. After cutting hair for over 60 years in West Rogers Park, Chicago, the 96-year-old Auschwitz survivor has decided he has better things to do… Read More

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Brother Theodore Survived Dachau Then Made Dark, Wonderful Comedy About Despair

By On September 1, 2016

If you were knew of Brother Theodore, you know him for his monologues. Lit starkly, dark eyes aglint, the German-born Jewish comedian ranted about death and dismay—in the funniest way possible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbkgLdXPL64… Read More

This Holocaust Survivor Won More Olympic Gymnastic Medals Than Any Other Jewish Woman in History
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This Holocaust Survivor Won More Olympic Gymnastics Medals Than Any Other Jewish Woman in History

By On August 22, 2016

Sixty years before Aly Raisman brought home her gold, the world had its eyes on another Jewish Olympic gymnast: a Hungarian woman with a backstory even more arresting than her floor routine.… Read More

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The Jewish Louis Armstrong Died in Obscurity 40 Years Ago Today

By On August 8, 2016

Forty years ago today, the world lost a little swing in its step. The swing belonged to a remarkable jazz musician named Adolph “Eddie” Ignatievich Rosner. Rosner was known for playing two… Read More

These Survivors Turned a Nazi's House Into a Kibbutz After Liberation
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These Young Holocaust Survivors Turned a Nazi’s House Into a Kibbutz

By On July 18, 2016

In September of 1945, on the heels of liberation, a group of survivors came together to form a kibbutz in a rather unlikely location: on the estate of Julius Streicher, publisher of… Read More

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Meet The Wonderful Old Men of The Holocaust Survivor Band

By On June 1, 2016

Take two Holocaust survivors, Saul Dreier, 91, and Reuwen “Ruby” Sosnowicz, 88. Add Ruby’s daughter, vocalist Chana Rose, and other guest vocalists and musicians, and together you get the Holocaust Survivor Band,… Read More

Watch Holocaust Survivors Find Themselves in Incredible Archival Footage
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Watch Holocaust Survivors Find Themselves in Incredible Archival Footage

By On February 8, 2016

The faces are emaciated, desperate, joyful, confused. But who are they? There are close to 2,000 faces filing by on grainy film as they disembark from a boat in Sweden in April,… Read More

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Girl Holocaust Survivor Becomes Hi-Tech Hero

By On October 14, 2015

In 1939, a little girl named Vera Buchthal said goodbye to her parents as they got her on the kindertransport to England. In 2000, she was named Dame Stephanie Shirley – aka… Read More

Now Odysseus Speaks Judeo-Spanish!
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Now Odysseus Speaks Judeo-Spanish!

By On July 15, 2015

What language did Odysseus speak when he arrived home after his long journey? In Moshe Ha’elyon’s world–and new book–it’s Ladino. The 87-year old survivor of Auschwitz spent four years bringing Homer’s epic… Read More

A Jewish Mystery of Dominican Proportions
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A Jewish Mystery of Dominican Proportions

By On July 3, 2015

Like many juicy mysteries, Forgiving Máximo Rothman, AJ Sidransky’s debut novel, begins with a murder. In this case, the victim is Max Redmond, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor found dead in his Washington… Read More

Dance Party for Buchenwald Survivors!
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Dance Party for Buchenwald Survivors!

By On May 27, 2015

Every year, a group of Buchenwald concentration camp survivors in Australia mark the anniversary of their liberation – April 11, 1945 – with “The Buchenwald Ball,” a full-blown dance party. In 2005,… Read More

The Chinese Righteous Among the Austrian Nation
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The Chinese Righteous Among the Austrian Nation

By On April 16, 2015

The Holocaust revealed not only the extraordinary evil of people—but also the extraordinary good. Feng-Shan Ho is the perfect example of the latter. Ho served as the Chinese Consul-General in Vienna from… Read More