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Auschwitz Survivor Denied Testimony in Nazi Guard's Trial

Joshua Kaufman traveled all the way from California to Germany to testify

(Newser) - An 88-year-old Auschwitz survivor who traveled all the way from his home in Los Angeles to Germany to testify in the trial of a former Nazi SS guard will not be allowed to do so, a judge ruled Friday. "I lost my whole family, I survived five concentration camps,... More »

Holocaust Survivor's MLB Dream to Come True

Hermina Hirsch to sing national anthem at Detroit Tigers game

(Newser) - Hermina Hirsch has sung the national anthem at weekly meetings of Holocaust survivors for decades, but she always dreamed of having a larger audience. Now she'll get her chance. After telling her family her dream of singing at an MLB game, a granddaughter reached out to the Detroit Tigers,... More »

Holocaust Victims Return to Auschwitz 71 Years Later

Some wore sashes that recalled the striped clothing prisoners were forced to wear

(Newser) - Dozens of elderly Holocaust survivors lit candles at Auschwitz on Wednesday, exactly 71 years after the Soviet army liberated the death camp that has become the most powerful symbol of the human suffering inflicted by Nazi Germany during World War II. The commemoration at the former death camp in southern... More »

Survivor of Nazi Camps' Only Mass Escape Has Died

Thomas Blatt worked to ensure Sobibor couldn't be erased

(Newser) - After an extraordinary life of tragedy and triumph, Holocaust survivor Thomas Blatt passed away at home in Santa Barbara on Saturday, reports the Los Angeles Times . He was 88 and suffered dementia. Though 250,000 who arrived at Sobibor concentration camp never left, Blatt was one of 50 Jews to... More »

Holocaust Survivors Live 'Close to Desperation'—in US

30K around NYC are living in poverty

(Newser) - About 30,000 Holocaust survivors living in New York City and three surrounding counties are at or below the poverty line, the Wall Street Journal reports. After enduring Nazi horrors, fleeing their homelands, and struggling to make new lives in America, advocates say the plight of these survivors grows more... More »

Survivors Mark 70 Years Since Auschwitz Liberation

World leaders join some 300 at death camp ceremony

(Newser) - Seventy years to the day since the liberation of Auschwitz, some 300 survivors gathered at the infamous Nazi death camp to reflect on the occasion. Candles are being lit at the execution site known as the Death Wall as world leaders attend a ceremony this afternoon. It could be the... More »

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 »

Holocaust Survivor, 97, to Play Lincoln Center

Emily Kessler will play mandolin, sing folk songs in fundraiser

(Newser) - A musician makes her solo debut in a Lincoln Center concert next week, but it's a safe bet you've never heard of her. As Vulture explains, the musician is 97-year-old Emily Kessler, a Holocaust survivor who now lives in New York City. Kessler usually plays in front of... More »

World's Oldest Holocaust Survivor Dies at 110

Pianist featured in Oscar-nominated documentary

(Newser) - The world's oldest Holocaust survivor, a pianist who gained international recognition in the 1930s, has died in London at age 110. Alice Herz-Sommer, the subject of Oscar-nominated documentary The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, was born in Prague, where her music earned her fame as a... More »

Holocaust Survivor Finds Soldier Who Helped Save Her

Some 68 years after the Mauthausen camp was liberated

(Newser) - On May 5, 1945, US soldiers liberated the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, ending a nightmare that began for Marsha Kreuzman nearly six years before. Kreuzman and her family were forced into the Krakow ghetto in 1939, when she was in her teens; the next year, her mother was taken... More »

69 Years Later, Holocaust Survivor Reunites With Savior

Czeslaw Polziec's family hid Leon Gersten's family during WWII

(Newser) - An interpreter broke down crying yesterday when he relayed a message from a Holocaust survivor to the Polish man whose family hid him in their attic during World War II—a man he had not seen for almost 70 years. "We never forgot the fact that you and your... More »

Deep in a Cave, an Amazing Tale of Holocaust Survival

New film shares story of 38 Jews who lived in Ukrainian caves for 511 days

(Newser) - It's hard not to describe any tale of Holocaust survival as amazing, but this one is particularly remarkable: A new film that opened last week in New York recounts the story of two Jewish families that fled to a Ukrainian cave in 1942. As No Place on Earth recounts,... More »

Holocaust Survivor's Search for Lost Twin Goes Viral

Genealogist hoping Facebook can help locate 'Jolli'

(Newser) - Menachem Bodner doesn't remember the horrors he suffered as an experiment subject of Dr. Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. But he knows he had a twin brother, and deep down always believed he was alive somewhere. Now, thanks to help from a genealogist, the 72-year-old has proof his brother, Jolli,... 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 »

Youngest Name on Schindler's List Dead at 83

Leon Leyson was 13 at the time

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times today has the fascinating obituary of Leon Leyson, notable for being the youngest person on Schindler's List. Leyson was among the 1,100 Jews saved from the Nazis by Oskar Schindler, who employed them in his Krakow factory; "Little Leyson," as he was... More »

Israel Crowns 'Miss Holocaust Survivor'

Critics slam beauty contest 'gimmick'

(Newser) - Israel is celebrating survivors of the Holocaust—with a beauty pageant? Some 300 women throughout the country applied for the chance to vie for the "Miss Holocaust Survivor" title; 14 took the stage yesterday. The women, ages 74 to 97, were all smiles as they waved to the crowd,... More »

Auschwitz Survivor's Family Must Give Back Gold Tablet

Ancient artifact was stolen from Berlin museum

(Newser) - Usually, it's Holocaust victims suing to get their stuff back from Germany; this time, it's the other way around. A Holocaust survivor's kids must give back a small gold tablet their dad brought to America from Germany, a Brooklyn appeals court has ruled. The court's four... More »

Hurricane Irene Claims Holocaust Survivor

Rozalia Stern-Gluck, 82, dies in the Catskills

(Newser) - One of Hurricane Irene’s victims: an 82-year-old Brooklyn woman who survived the Holocaust. Rozalia Stern-Gluck, a Russian-born grandmother, was vacationing in the Catskills when her cottage at the Valkyrian Motel flooded and she was trapped inside Sunday. A nearby creek had overflowed, and police said more than six feet... More »

Holocaust Survivor Recalls Romantic Escape

He stole a Nazi uniform and walked out with her

(Newser) - In 1942, Jerzy Bielecki was a 21-year-old Catholic Pole in Auschwitz. Sent to work in a warehouse, he met Cyla Cybulska, a Jewish girl. "A pretty dark-haired one, winked at me," Bielecki recalled. The two fell in love, and Bielecki began working on a daring plan for escape,... More »

Holocaust Survivor Defends Auschwitz Dance Video

Says dancing at death camp a celebration of life

(Newser) - A Holocaust survivor is defending his participation in an online video that shows him dancing to "I Will Survive" at the infamous Nazi death camp Auschwitz. Adolek Kohn, 89, and his grandchildren posted footage of themselves dancing at several locations connected to the Holocaust, as an art project celebrating... More »

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