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Outrage Over Naked Game of Tag in Nazi Gas Chamber

Video filmed at Stutthof camp part of 2015 art exhibition in Poland

(Newser) - The 5-minute video shows a group of naked people playing tag. Now Holocaust survivor groups want to know how the video was allowed to be filmed inside a gas chamber at a former Nazi camp where 65,000 people were killed, the BBC reports. According to the Independent , The Game ... More »

Minnesota Woman Helps Indict Nazi Death Camp Guards

88-year-old helped identify former SS officer

(Newser) - Judith Meisel says that when she was a teenager in the Stutthof concentration camp in western Poland, other prisoners told her: "Don't let us die without you mentioning what happened to us." The 88-year-old Minnesota resident has not forgotten: Her testimony helped German authorities indict two former... More »

He Spent His Life Assuming His Brother Died in WWII. He Didn't

Eliahu Pietruszka, 102, met the nephew he never knew he had on Thursday

(Newser) - Eliahu Pietruszka shuffled his 102-year-old body through the lobby of his retirement home Thursday toward a stranger he had never met and collapsed into him in a teary embrace. Only days earlier, the Holocaust survivor who thought his entire family had perished in WWII learned that a younger brother had... More »

Famed Holocaust Artist, Survivor Allegedly a Fake

Rosemarie Koczy's life story is questioned

(Newser) - Rosemarie Koczy's drawings displayed at the Guggenheim and the World Holocaust Remembrance Center are haunting—not at all surprising given that Koczy described them as "burials for those I saw die" in concentration camps as a child. And yet the authenticity of that statement, and of the German-born... More »

How a Holocaust Pendant Reunited a Family

The good-luck charm belonged to Karoline Cohn, 14, who perished at Sobibor

(Newser) - Chaim Motzen was intrigued when he read about a pendant excavated at a Nazi death camp with a possible link to Anne Frank. Engraved with "mazel tov"—"good luck" in Hebrew—the little charm belonged to Karoline Cohn, a 14-year-old Jewish girl killed at Sobibor. Motzen, an... More »

In Lithuania, 'Most Important Find Since Dead Sea Scrolls'

Inside the incredible discovery of 170K pages of Jewish documents

(Newser) - A professor of Jewish history doesn't mince words: "It's the most important find since the Dead Sea Scrolls," David Fishman tells Fox News . He's referring to a trove of Jewish documents that were long assumed to have been destroyed in Lithuania during the Holocaust—but... More »

He Buried a Letter at Auschwitz. Now We Know What It Says

Discovered in 1980, it was mostly illegible, but has now been restored

(Newser) - Auschwitz was liberated in January 1945; a couple of months before that, a Jewish prisoner secretly wrote a letter outlining the horrors he had witnessed, placed it in a thermos then a leather pouch, and buried it. Now, for the first time, Marcel Nadjari's words have been published in... More »

How Israel Plotted to Nab 'Angel of Death'

Mossad never captured Nazi doctor Josef Mengele

(Newser) - A trove of documents set to be released this week reveals the schemes Israel used to try to capture Holocaust "Angel of Death" Josef Mengele. Mossad agents crafted elaborate plots, including wiretapping, break-ins, and a honey trap, Yediot Aharonoth reports, via the Jerusalem Post and the Times of Israel... More »

Teen Damages Holocaust Memorial, Gets Tackled

Bystanders in Boston hold him until police arrive

(Newser) - A holocaust museum in Boston was vandalized for the second time this summer, and this time bystanders tackled the alleged vandal. Boston police say a 17-year-old shattered a glass panel of the New England Holocaust Memorial with a rock, reports the Boston Herald . The panel contained etchings of the numbers... More »

How 1.3M Jews Are 'Missing' in the Holocaust

Recording names is a big focus as Israel marks its Holocaust Remembrance Day

(Newser) - It's an unforgettable number—6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust—but it's accompanied by a less known one: 4.7 million. The latter is the number of victims whose names we know thanks to the efforts the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial has made since 1954. And on... More »

Spicer Apologizes for Hitler Gaffe

Democratic, Jewish groups want him to quit

(Newser) - Sean Spicer has had another try at walking back his comments about Hitler not using chemical weapons —and this time, he didn't use the phrase "Holocaust centers." The White House press secretary told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Tuesday evening that he was "trying to make... More »

Spicer's Hitler Analogy Goes Horribly Awry

'Hitler didn't even sink to the level of using chemical weapons'

(Newser) - Sean Spicer is being hit with a wave of criticism—the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is even calling for his firing—after he said Hitler wasn't that bad compared to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at least in one specific area. "Hitler didn't even sink to... More »

Tunnel Under Nazi Death Camp Turns Legend Into Reality

How a dozen members of the 'Burning Brigade' escaped the Nazis

(Newser) - At least 80,000 people—most of them Jews—were killed at a camp named Ponar in what is now Lithuania as the Nazis transitioned to the Final Solution. The actual number is likely much higher. To find yourself at Ponar was a death sentence. But a legend, based on... More »

Son Returns Art Looted by 'Proud' Nazi Mom

Horst Wachter says he was happy to return 3 works stolen by his mother

(Newser) - A succession of Nazi and Soviet occupiers relieved Poland of a half-million artworks during World War II, and the Guardian brings us the tale of one of those "collectors," Charlotte Wachter. The Viennese wife of Otto Wachter, Krakow's Nazi governor who was blamed for deporting 68,000... More »

He Survived 8 Concentration Camps During the Holocaust

Chaim Ferster died Monday at the age of 94

(Newser) - A man who survived eight Nazi concentration camps—including Auschwitz—died Monday night at the age of 94, the Manchester Evening News reports. According to the BBC , Chaim Ferster was taken from his home in Poland by the Nazis in 1943. He would go on to lose 30 relatives—including... More »

University Uncovers Songs From Holocaust Survivors

Songs were sung in Krakow cellars to inspire people to resist the Germans

(Newser) - At the end of World War II, a Jewish trauma psychologist in Illinois went to Europe to record conversations with Holocaust survivors in the hopes of better understanding how they were coping, reports Newsweek . He often broke the ice by having people sing, but when he died in 1961 and... More »

Search for 5K Nazi Sites Yields 8 Times as Many

Holocaust Museum's encyclopedia identifies 42.5K sites

(Newser) - Four hundred Jewish boys, including Noah Lederman's great-grandfather, were ordered to bury 12,000 Jews murdered by the Nazis while imprisoned at a forced labor camp in Poland during World War II. But until recently, the camp was "nonexistent" on paper. That's now changed with the creation... More »

He Bet His Life and Brought Joy to Millions

'Newsweek' tells of the remarkable life of Henry Orenstein

(Newser) - His name is Henry Orenstein, and as a Newsweek profile makes clear, the 93-year-old New Jersey resident really ought to be a household name. For starters, he survived the Holocaust thanks to a risky gamble. For another, he's a prolific toy inventor and the brainchild behind the Transformers franchise.... More »

Remembering the Woman Who Saved Dozens During Holocaust

Marion Pritchard died this month at the age of 96

(Newser) - A woman credited with helping up to 150 Jews—many of them children—and saving dozens of lives during the Holocaust died earlier this month at the age of 96, her family announced this week. The Washington Post reports Marion Pritchard was a social work student in the Netherlands when... More »

Anne Frank May Not Have Been Betrayed

She may have been caught by chance, new study says

(Newser) - The answer to the question "Who betrayed Anne Frank" may be "Nobody," according to new research. A study released by the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam says that the hiding place of the Jewish teenager and her family may instead have been found by chance when... More »

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