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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 »

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 »

In Nazi Death Camp, a Mysterious Link to Anne Frank

Pendant identical to hers found at Sobibor, believed to belong to girl the same age

(Newser) - Researchers excavating the remains of one of the most notorious Nazi death camps have uncovered a pendant that appears identical to one belonging to Anne Frank, Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial said Sunday. Yad Vashem says it has ascertained the pendant belonged to Karoline Cohn—a Jewish girl who... More »

Hackers Hit Israel Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day

No major damage done in 'Operation Israel,' experts say

(Newser) - Pro-Palestinian hackers claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous launched what they described as a "massive cyberassault" on Israel yesterday. The attacks briefly closed down many government websites; the website of Yad Vashem, Israel's official Holocaust memorial, was also briefly taken down ahead of today's Holocaust Memorial Day... More »

Holocaust Memorial Graffiti Blamed on ... Jewish Vandals?

Yad Vashem officials think ultra-Orthodox Jews defaced Israeli memorial

(Newser) - Vandals have defaced an Israel Holocaust memorial, and officials are pointing the finger squarely at ... ultra-Orthodox Jews. Phrases like "Hitler, thank you for the Holocaust," and "Jews, wake up, the evil Zionist regime doesn't protect us, it jeopardizes us" were scrawled at 10 locations at Israel'... More »

Israelis Let Down by Pope's WWII Apology Dodge

Religious, political leaders say pontiff didn't go far enough

(Newser) - Pope Benedict XVI yesterday disappointed Israelis hoping to hear a historic statement of regret for the Catholic church's conduct during the Holocaust, the Guardian reports. The pope, speaking at a remembrance service at Israel's official Holocaust memorial, spoke of the church's compassion for the victims and the need to remember... More »

Bush Honors Holocaust Victims

President visits Yad Vashem before leaving Israel for Kuwait

(Newser) - A yarmulke-wearing George Bush early today visited Israeli Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, which he called "a sobering reminder that evil exists." Bush, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Shimon Peres, rekindled the eternal flame and laid a wreath next to the names of victims of... More »

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