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Mandalorian Star Fired After Social Media Controversy

Gina Carano compared Holocaust to 'hating someone for their political views'

(Newser) - Lucasfilm says Gina Carano is no longer a part of The Mandalorian cast after many called for her firing over a social media post that likened the experience of Jews during the Holocaust to the US political climate, the AP reports. A spokesperson with the production company said in a...

2 Holocaust Researchers Ordered to Apologize

Polish court sides with woman who accused them of slandering her uncle

(Newser) - A court in Warsaw ruled Tuesday that two prominent Holocaust researchers must apologize to a woman who claimed her deceased uncle had been slandered in a historical work that suggested he helped kill Jews during World War II. Lawyers for 81-year-old Filomena Leszczynska argued that her uncle was a Polish...

Expert's 'Toughest Day' at Nazi Death Camp Involved This Find

Children's identity tags, some burned with their bodies, found at Sobibor

(Newser) - Four children from Amsterdam stepped off a train in Nazi-occupied eastern Poland and into the death camp of Sobibor, the last place they'd ever know. Killed in 1943, 6-year-old Lea Judith De La Penha, 8-year-old Deddie Zak, 11-year-old David Juda Van der Velde, and 12-year-old Annie Kapper left behind...

A Life Bookended By the Holocaust and a Pandemic

A survivor says she is losing time to tell her story

(Newser) - Toby Levy lost her teenage years to the Holocaust, hiding in a barn in what was then Chodorow, Poland. Nine people lived in a 4-by-5 space, not knowing if each day was their last, unable to make any noise, often unable to even look outside. Now, at 87, Levy is...

After Outcry, School Board Fires Principal a Second Time

William Latson called Holocaust a 'belief'

(Newser) - A former high school principal in Florida who was reassigned , fired , and then rehired after making controversial remarks about the Holocaust has been fired for a second time. The Palm Beach County School Board on Monday voted unanimously to rescind its Oct. 7 vote to reinstate William Latson, former principal...

Facebook's Thinking Has 'Evolved' on Banning Holocaust Denial

Zuckerberg says material that distorts or denies it will now be banned

(Newser) - Facebook's free speech policy no longer extends to Holocaust denial. The company announced Monday that material which "denies or distorts" the Holocaust will be banned, CNBC reports. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he has "struggled with the tension between standing for free expression and the harm caused by...

Principal Who Said Holocaust Was a Belief Is Reinstated

School board vote comes after judge found 'no just cause' for William Latson's firing

(Newser) - The same school board that voted last year to end the employment of a principal who told a parent that the Holocaust was a matter of belief has now rehired him. Florida's Palm Beach County School District voted 4-3 on Wednesday to reinstate former Spanish River High School Principal...

Town Votes on Whether to Keep the Name of 'Swastika'

A visiting cyclist called it 'profoundly ... disrespectful'

(Newser) - Officials had a big decision to make: keep the name of Swastika, NY, or change it? The issue arose after a New Yorker spotted the town while cycling and urged them to find a name that didn't evoke the Nazi invasion of Europe, World War II, and the Holocaust,...

10% of US Young Adults Think Jews Caused the Holocaust

Survey results cast as 'shocking,' 'astounding'

(Newser) - Nearly two-thirds of young adults in America don't know about the Holocaust, the greatest crime of the last century, which some fear could be repeated. That's according to a survey of 11,000 adults ages 18 to 39. Some 23% said they believed the Holocaust was exaggerated, a...

He Described a 'Satanic World' in 1.8K Pages. It Wasn't Fiction

'NYT Magazine' revisits Edgar Kupfer-Koberwitz's Holocaust diary

(Newser) - That Edgar Kupfer-Koberwitz's Holocaust diary exists at all is staggering; that it numbers more than 1,800 pages even more so. He wrote it over the course of nearly two years spent at Dachau, a feat managed in part because of the job he was assigned as an office...

Memo 'Steeped in Anti-Semitic Language' Found in Pius' Archives

But church experts say careful study and context is needed before jumping to conclusions

(Newser) - For decades, historians, academics, and Jewish advocacy groups have longed to catch a glimpse of Pope Pius XII's wartime records, kept under lock and key in the Vatican's archives. Earlier this year, the Vatican finally unsealed those records , though the archives were open for less than a week...

Newspaper Equates Mask Mandate With Holocaust

Publisher of Kansas weekly goes after governor's 'overreach' with controversial cartoon

(Newser) - A weekly Kansas newspaper whose publisher is a county Republican Party chairman posted a cartoon likening the Democratic governor's order requiring people to wear masks in public to the roundup and murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust. The cartoon on the Anderson County Review's Facebook page...

This Holocaust-Related Death Is a Noteworthy One

Gertrud Steinl was 97

(Newser) - Gertrud Steinl, the last surviving German honored for saving Jews during the Holocaust, has died, the AP reports. German news agency dpa quoted the head of Nuremberg's Jewish community, Andre Freud, as saying Steinl died Monday, on the eve of her 98th birthday. Steinl, a Sudeten German, was recognized...

Auschwitz Memorial Calls New Amazon Show 'Dangerous Foolishness'

'Hunters' invented game of 'human chess'

(Newser) - A new Amazon Prime series about Nazi hunters includes some "dangerous foolishness," according to the Auschwitz Memorial. The memorial has strongly criticized a scene in which inmates are forced to kill each other in a game of "human chess," NBC reports. The memorial, a charity devoted...

He Long Denied Role in 28K Deaths. Now, This

Historian says this is John Demjanjuk

(Newser) - Two newly released photos might confirm what John Demjanjuk long denied—his service as a Nazi death camp guard, the LA Times reports. The Ukrainian-born American claimed he was never at the Sobibor death camp, where more than 167,000 Jews were murdered, and died in 2012 appealing a conviction...

Kate Middleton Unveils Holocaust Portraits

Duchess of Cambridge releases photos she took of Holocaust survivors

(Newser) - The Duchess of Cambridge is participating in Holocaust Memorial Day observances with photographs she took of survivors for an exhibition marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the AP reports. The former Kate Middleton, a photo buff, described the survivors in her portraits as “two of the...

Never Again, Pope Says of Holocaust

'Indifference is inadmissible,' Francis tells crowd

(Newser) - Monday, the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Speaking to the crowd in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis made a request, Reuters reports. "Indifference is inadmissible before this enormous tragedy, this atrocity, and memory is a duty,"...

Animated Nazi Thriller Comes With Warning for America

Randall Christopher's 'The Driver Is Red' documents capture of Adolf Eichmann

(Newser) - He could see the hairs on the back of Adolf Eichmann's neck. Seated behind the architect of the Nazi genocide on a crowded bus rolling through Buenos Aires in 1960, Mossad special agent Zvi Aharoni thought of the family members who'd died at Eichmann's direction, and he...

Krispy Kreme Owners Do Something About 'Disgusting' Past

Reimann family to donate $5.5M to Holocaust survivors after discovery of past Nazi ties

(Newser) - In March, it was reported that ancestors of the Reimann family—whose JAB Holding Co. owns a controlling stake in Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread, Pret a Manger, and other well-known brands—had used French POWs and Russian civilians as forced laborers under the Nazi regime. Now the family, one of...

Activists Sorry for Using Remains of Holocaust Victims

Needless to say, the stunt did not go over well

(Newser) - An activist group has apologized to Jewish organizations outraged over their use of purported Holocaust victims’ remains in an installation outside Germany’s parliament building meant to draw attention to the perils of far-right extremism. The Center for Political Beauty, an activist group known for provocative stunts, installed an urn...

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