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France to Pay Holocaust Survivors Sent to Camps in French Trains

They and their heirs can collect from $60M compensation fund

(Newser) - During World War II, France's state rail company transported about 76,000 Jewish prisoners to Nazi camps. Today, those who survived and made it to the US and other countries are getting some payback from the French government, reports the Wall Street Journal . France has agreed to set up... More »

Thief Makes Off With Holocaust Victims' Shoes

Cops probing theft at Majdanek camp

(Newser) - Director James Cameron made it to the world's deepest spot a couple of years ago, but a thief in Poland has found a way to sink even lower: stealing the shoes of people murdered by the Nazis 70 years ago. Police say at least eight shoes were stolen from... More »

Sorry, Holocaust Selfies Aren't Going Away

Some will always treat them as just another tourist trap: Lilit Marcus

(Newser) - The NBA's Danny Green is only the latest person, but surely not the last, to catch grief for posting an ill-advised "lol" selfie at a place that seems like the last place in the world somebody would want to do that—a Holocaust memorial. At the Guardian , Jewish... More »

NBA Player's Selfie: 'lol #Holocaust'

No one's laughing out loud; Danny Green later apologized and rewrote the tweet

(Newser) - San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green visited Berlin's Holocaust Memorial yesterday, snapped a selfie, and provoked no small amount of outrage with this caption: "You know I had to do it one time lol #Holocaust." Green is in Berlin for an exhibition game against Alba Berlin, but... More »

Gas Chambers Discovered at Razed Death Camp

Sobibor dig also uncovers inscribed wedding ring

(Newser) - After seven years of searching, archaeologists digging in Poland have found the exact location of the Sobibor death camp's gas chambers. Less had been known about this concentration camp's chambers, which were razed by the Nazis along with the rest of the site following a prisoner uprising in... More »

Teacher: Public School Is Such a Concentration Camp

Ray Fournier has since—wait for it—apologized

(Newser) - North Carolina teacher Ray Fournier is belatedly learning that concentration camp metaphors are usually rapidly followed by apologies. He teaches biology at Fuquay-Varina High, is a self-styled "local evangelist and public school missionary," and wrote an article featuring the following condemnation of public schools: "Walking through the... More »

Nazi Resister Returns Medal to Israel Over Gaza Bombs

Dutch resident saved Jewish boy from Nazis, but lost kin in Gaza airstrikes

(Newser) - In World War II, a Dutch man risked his life and saved a Jewish boy from the Nazis—a feat that earned Henk Zanoli Israel's prestigious Righteous Among the Nations medal after the war. This week, the 91-year-old gave it back, reports Haaretz . The reason? An Israeli airstrike killed... More »

Accused Nazi About to Be Extradited Dies in US

Philadelphia's Johann Breyer, 89, was a guard at Auschwitz

(Newser) - An 89-year-old Philly man suspected of Nazi war crimes died last night in a local hospital, the AP reports—the same day a judge issued an order to have him extradited to Germany. Former toolmaker Johann Breyer had been arrested in June, and German prosecutors wanted to try him for... More »

Thousands of WWII War Crimes Records Unveiled

Holocaust Museum makes digital archive available to public

(Newser) - From Adolf Hitler down to the petty bureaucrats who staffed the Nazi death camps, thousands of perpetrators of World War II war crimes were eventually written up in vast reams of investigative files—files that now, for the first time, can be viewed in their entirety by the public. The... More »

Chicago Finance Whiz Honors 'Japan's Schindler'

Chiune Sugihara saved 6K Jews during World War II

(Newser) - An 82-year-old Chicago finance wizard arrived in Japan today to pay homage to Chiune Sugihara, who saved him and 6,000 other Jews during World War II, Reuters reports. "It was truly death's door," says Leo Melamed of his family's flight from Lithuania to Japan. "... More »

Philadelphia Man, 89, Held on Nazi War Crimes

Johann Breyer was a guard at Auschwitz

(Newser) - An 89-year-old Philadelphia man may be headed back to Germany to face charges that he helped the Nazis slaughter Jews at Nazi death camps, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer . Johann Breyer, a native of the former Czechoslovakia, was arrested yesterday at his home by federal authorities and now faces an extradition... More »

How 50 Kids Were Saved From Hitler—by a US Couple

Meet Philly's Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus

(Newser) - They're a little like the American version of Oskar Schindler, but most probably haven't heard of Eleanor and Gilbert Kraus. Steven Pressman is out to change that with a new book called 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany,... More »

Half the Planet Is Unaware of the Holocaust

More than a quarter of people have anti-Semitic views: survey

(Newser) - Worldwide, just 54% of people know about the Holocaust—and of that population, some 32% doubt it ever happened, seeing it as a myth or heavily exaggerated, a sweeping new Anti-Defamation League poll finds. In the Middle East and North Africa, the numbers are even more disturbing: Only 38% of... More »

Author of Fake Holocaust Memoir Loses $22.5M Case

Misha Defonseca claimed she spent WWII with pack of wolves

(Newser) - A woman who made up a best-selling memoir about spending her World War II childhood living with wolves in Europe's forests after her parents were arrested by the Nazis has been ordered to repay her publisher a whopping $22.5 million. After an earlier legal dispute with Misha Defonseca... More »

Another Holocaust Gaffe: Candidate's Death Camp Ad

Mike Wells says concentration camp picture was an accident

(Newser) - A Fresno, Calif., city council candidate attracted the wrong kind of attention when he sent out a flier on Saturday that featured what looked like a picture of a concentration camp, the Fresno Bee reports. It features a message criticizing Mike Wells' opponent in red letters across the backdrop of... More »

School District Drops Holocaust-Denial Lesson Plan

Educators wanted to promote 'critical thinking skills'

(Newser) - A California school district is scrapping a lesson plan that allowed middle school students to deny the existence of the Holocaust, Fox News reports. After a wave of criticism and a reported death threat, Southern California's Rialto Unified School District backpedaled on its unusual method of teaching eighth-graders about... More »

Dig at Nazi Camp Reveals Gas Chamber, Graves

Archeologist finds first physical evidence at Treblinka

(Newser) - The Nazis tore down their notorious Treblinka death camp in 1943 and did their best to hide any physical evidence it ever existed. The strategy mostly worked, but some high-tech archeology is finally revealing the camp's secrets, reports LiveScience . British archeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls led a team that conducted... More »

Iran's Supreme Leader Denies Holocaust

Ayatollah reiterates belief in speech for new year

(Newser) - So much for the moderate new Iran. The nation's supreme leader today marked the start of the Persian New Year by denying the Holocaust, reports Haaretz . "The Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and, if it happened, it's uncertain how it happened," Ayatollah Ali... More »

Germany Arrests 93-Year-Old Auschwitz Medic

Prosecutors: He played a part in gas-chamber deaths in 1944

(Newser) - Add yet another elderly suspected Nazi to the list of those recently arrested for charges of aiding and abetting mass murder at Auschwitz. A 93-year-old former medic was arrested at his home north of Berlin this week and taken into pre-trial detention, the Guardian reports. Prosecutors say the ex-SS member... More »

Why Some Jews Fought Alongside Hitler

Allied against Russia, Finnish Jews wanted to prove themselves

(Newser) - The Nazis had an unlikely ally during World War II: the Jews of Finland. As Finns and Germans allied against Russia, Jewish soldiers fought in the Finnish military—and still find themselves defending the fact that they sided with Adolf Hitler, writes Paul Kendall in the Telegraph . "I had... More »

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