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As She Headed to Auschwitz Gas Chamber, She Wrote This

Vilma Grunwald's letter now lives at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

(Newser) - That Vilma Grunwald's letter even exists is extraordinary. She penned it in the minutes before she was gassed at Auschwitz, addressed it to her husband, and handed it to a Nazi guard who did the improbable—delivered it to the man, who was also imprisoned at the camp. The... More »

Holocaust Museum Takes Stand Against Aung San Suu Kyi

In 'strong rebuke,' it rescinds Elie Wiesel Award

(Newser) - The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum gives out its prestigious Elie Wiesel Award to just one person a year, selecting "an internationally prominent individual whose actions have advanced the Museum's vision of a world where people confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity." Now, the second... 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 »

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 »

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 »

'Italian Schindler' Likely Sent Jews to Auschwitz

John Paul II called Giovanni Palatucci a martyr

(Newser) - Washington's Holocaust Museum is taking down a display on a man once called the "Italian Schindler" for reportedly helping rescue thousands of Jews: It seems Giovanni Palatucci, whose legacy prompted Pope John Paul II dub him a martyr, may actually have worked with the Nazis in sending Jews... More »

Top Nazi's Long-Lost Diary Found ... in Buffalo

Rosenberg papers to shed new light on Third Reich

(Newser) - The secrets of top Hitler aide Alfred Rosenberg may soon be revealed, 67 years after he ended up at the end of a rope for his leading role in the Holocaust. Some 400 pages from Rosenberg's diary vanished after the Nuremberg war crimes trials where he was sentenced to... More »

Holocaust Far Worse Than We Thought

Museum research greatly raises number of camps, ghettos

(Newser) - No doubt you've heard of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and the Warsaw Ghetto, but probably not the Munchen-Schwabing camp in Germany. It was perhaps the smallest slave-labor camp run by the Nazis, with maybe a dozen people there at a time forced into manual labor, writes Eric Lichtblau in the New ... More »

Holocaust Survivors to Live On ... as Holograms

3D likenesses will be able to answer questions

(Newser) - Holocaust survivors' estimated average age is 79, but researchers and activists are making sure they'll be telling their stories two decades from now, and beyond—in person. Well, almost. The University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation is working with the school's Institute for Creative Technologies (whose resumé... More »

Accused Holocaust Museum Shooter Dies

James von Brunn dead at 89 in prison hospital

(Newser) - The 89-year-old man accused of a deadly shooting at the Holocaust museum in Washington has died in a prison hospital, a government official says. James von Brunn reportedly died at a federal complex in Butner, North Carolina. He had been awaiting trial for the killing of security guard Stephen T.... More »

Museum Shooter: 'I Swore to Defend My Country'

Von Brunn was on suicide mission, prosecutor says

(Newser) - James von Brunn planned to die himself when he opened fire at the Holocaust Museum in June, an assault he planned well in advance to spread the word that the Holocaust was a hoax, prosecutors say. Von Brunn, 89, appeared in court for the first time today to answer charges... More »

Holocaust Museum Shooter Indicted

Von Brunn faces death penalty on first-degree murder charges in DC

(Newser) - The 89-year-old man who shot and killed a guard at the Holocaust Memorial Museum last month was charged today with first-degree murder, killing in a federal building, and bias-motivated crime, among other accusations, the Washington Post reports. If convicted, James von Brunn faces life in prison, though four of the... More »

Museum Shooter's Son Wishes Dad Were Dead

(Newser) - The son of alleged Holocaust Museum killer James von Brunn wishes his father, rather than a "brave" security guard, had died this week, the Washington Post reports. "I cannot express enough how deeply sorry I am" that museum guard Stephen Johns died "and not my... More »

Defying Hate, Visitors Return to Holocaust Museum

Museum staff 'more dedicated than ever' after guard's murder

(Newser) - The National Holocaust Museum opened its doors again yesterday after a day of mourning for slain security guard Stephen Johns and hundreds of visitors lined up for admission, the Washington Post reports. Visitors, including families and school groups from around the country, spoke of their determination to defy the hatred... More »

Extremist UK Party Linked to Museum Shooter

Von Brunn attended fundraisers in US for whites-only BNP

(Newser) - Alleged Holocaust Museum shooter James von Brunn has links to the British National Party, the whites-only extremist bloc that won two seats in the European Parliament in last week's vote, reports the Guardian. Von Brunn attended fundraising meetings of an American affiliate of the group, although he is not believed... More »

Von Brunn's Digital Trail Disappears

Web page, message board rants removed after suspect named

(Newser) - James von Brunn's online presence began to vanish within hours after he was named as the suspect in the Holocaust Museum shooting Wednesday, the Washington Post reports. Users trying to access his personal website received an error message, his user bio on Wikipedia was pulled, and the Free Republic message... More »

Right Rips Smith for Warning on Right-Wing Violence

Conservatives call for head of Fox anchor

(Newser) - Conservatives are calling for the head of Shepard Smith after the Fox anchor suggested that the Holocaust Museum shooting backs up a Homeland Security report warning of a rise in right-wing extremism, Gawker reports. Right-wing bloggers labeled Smith a "pompous elitist" and said he should be fired, while Rush... More »

Museum Shooter Charged With Murder

Slain guard opened door as courtesy to von Brunn, 88

(Newser) - The suspect in yesterday’s Holocaust Museum shooting has been charged with murder, the AP reports, and could face the death penalty; hate-crime charges are also possible. Slain security guard Stephen Johns was opening the door for James von Brunn when the 88-year-old fatally shot him, CNN adds; guards fired... More »

Museum Shooter Was Growing Despondent

Struggling Von Brunn warned people that they wouldn't see him again

(Newser) - Acquaintances of James von Brunn say the 88-year-old man who witnesses saw open fire in the Holocaust Memorial Museum had grown increasingly unhappy in recent weeks, reports the Washington Post. One fellow white separatist said von Brunn "was barely making it" after his Social Security payments were cut, which... More »

'Gentle Giant' Mourned After Museum Shooting

'Outstanding' guard hailed as a hero

(Newser) - Colleagues at the National Holocaust Museum remember slain security guard Stephen Johns as unfailingly courteous and friendly, the Washington Post reports. The 39-year-old guard was killed in the line of duty yesterday when a gunman walked into the museum and opened fire. "There are no words to express our... More »

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