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Three Brothers Search Italy for the Cave They Hid In During the Holocaust

By On July 24, 2017

In the winter of 1944, a well-to-do Jewish family from Florence escaped deportation to Auschwitz by hiding in a cave they dug in the Italian countryside. Seventy years later, the three, no-longer-young… Read More

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A New Israeli Film Explores the Afterlife of Holocaust Family Trauma

By On June 9, 2017

With the 50th anniversary of Israel’s Six-Day War upon us, that historical moment is getting a lot of attention. A critically acclaimed new Israeli film takes place against the backdrop of an… Read More

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Italian Doctors Fooled Nazis by Inventing This Fake Disease

By On May 22, 2017

In 1943, a team of ingenious Italian doctors invented a deadly, contagious virus called Syndrome K to protect Jews from annihilation. On October 16 of that year, as Nazis closed in to… Read More

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This Viennese Writer Ran from Nazis to the Brazilian Jungle

By On May 15, 2017

The Viennese Jewish writer Stefan Zweig wrote about what you might expect a friend of Freud, Herzl, and Richard Strauss to write about: psychoanalysis, Judaism, rage, guilt, and sex. Zweig, who was born… Read More

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This German Jewish Scientist Led the Way to Zyklon B

By On March 24, 2017

For a crash course in irony, look no further than the life of Fritz Haber, the Jewish chemist whose scientific research led to the invention of Zyklon B, the cyanide-based pesticide used… Read More

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Why Jews’ Names Are Etched Onto Sidewalks Across Europe

By On March 6, 2017

In European cities like Berlin, Vienna, and Rome, with their striking architecture, gardens, and monuments, you’d be forgiven for not looking down once in a while. But if you did, you might notice a… Read More

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Refugees Aboard the SS St. Louis Are Tweeting from the Grave

By On January 29, 2017

Amanda Wachtel. Georg Cohn. Regina Blumenstein. Flora Wilmersdorfer. Werner Stein. You’ve probably never heard of these people. Each of them, from the giggling toddler to the elegant lady, were murdered in Auschwitz… Read More

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The Berlin Group Reviving Yiddish Music Lost in the Holocaust

By On January 27, 2017

The year was 1935, and Willy Rosen – a popular Jewish cabaret singer in Berlin – was performing a fun new song called, “At the Golden Snail Inn,” which he recorded in… Read More

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The Online Holocaust ‘Selfie’ Art That Set the Internet Ablaze

By On January 26, 2017

You may have seen it: YOLOCAUST, a short-lived online gallery that transformed Holocaust-themed glamour selfies into historic scenes of horror, complete with corpses. Shahak Shapira, the Israeli artist behind the project, wanted to draw… Read More

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Marking the Ghosts in Poland’s Old Jewish Cemeteries

By On December 5, 2016

How do you alert people to an absence? Across Poland, different communities come together to clean up and restore Jewish cemeteries. But in some places, those cemeteries have been not just neglected,… Read More

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This Floating Nazi Barrack Was (Accidentally) Bombed at Sea

By On November 30, 2016

When you think of tragedy at sea, the names Titanic and St. Louis probably come to mind. But don’t forget the German luxury liner S.S. Cap Arcona. Built in 1926, the Cap… Read More

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‘Holocaust On Ice’ Breaks Records For Russian Tackiness

By On November 27, 2016

The Internet shines a spotlight on a lot of “seemed like a good idea at the time” schemes, but rarely have we seen something that deserved to be killed in the drawing… Read More