SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate overwhelmingly approved a measure requiring schools to teach students about the Holocaust and other acts of genocide.
N. Macedonia marks destruction of its Jewish community
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia is commemorating the deportation of almost the country's entire Jewish community to the Nazi death camp of Treblinka with a ceremony in the capital,...
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a meeting between Anne Frank's stepsister and California high school students who were photographed giving Nazi salutes around a swastika (all times...
Drones launched to help preserve Europe’s Jewish cemeteries
RECA, Slovakia (AP) — A private organization that wants to preserve thousands of old Jewish cemeteries in Europe is using aerial drones to map burial sites in countries where the Holocaust...
Poland awaiting Israel’s apology for minister’s comments
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish government official said Tuesday that Warsaw is still waiting for Israel's government to apologize for comments the acting foreign minister made about Poles and...
The Latest: US Jewish group asks Poland, Israel to stay calm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the dispute between Poland and Israel (all times local):
The American Jewish Committee says it hopes years of reconciliation work between Poland and Israel will not be undone by a new dispute over the Holocaust.
American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris said Monday that "competing historical narratives" had strained the two countries' relations before.
Israeli leaders’ Nazi remarks scuttle summit with Europeans
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's off-hand comment in Warsaw about Poland and the Holocaust set in motion a diplomatic crisis that on Monday scuttled this week's summit of central European leaders in Israel.
Polish PM cancels Israel visit amid new Holocaust tensions
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki canceled his plans to attend a meeting of central European leaders in Israel starting Monday amid new tensions over how Polish behavior during the Holocaust is remembered and characterized.
Morawiecki informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's of his decision by phone Sunday, Michal Dworczyk, who heads the prime minister's chancellery, said. Poland's foreign minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, plans to attend instead, he said.
Netanyahu misquoted on Holocaust in Poland, his office says
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Israeli government said Friday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was misquoted by a newspaper on the extremely sensitive issue of Polish behavior during the Holocaust, seeking to defuse a diplomatic crisis.
However, the Polish government said it considered that response insufficient and expects a clearer explanation.
Israeli leader’s trip to Poland beset by string of missteps
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A two-day security conference in Warsaw was supposed to be a crowning achievement for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stamping a seal on his long-held goal of pushing his behind-the-scenes ties with Arab leaders into the open. Instead, the publicity-seeking Israeli leader made one embarrassing misstep after another, distracting attention from his main mission and sending his aides into a nonstop cycle of damage control.
Holocaust survivor from Hungary tracks down stolen artwork
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Clara Garbon-Radnoti has painful memories of the Holocaust, which claimed the lives of more than 6 million European Jews during World War II, including more than 500,000 from her native Hungary.
Among them were her father, her sister and 31 first cousins. Garbon-Radnoti, who was a teenager, said she escaped by hiding in 22 places around Hungary as the Nazis and their Hungarian supporters hunted for Jews to deport to death camps.
Holocaust survivor calls Germany bulwark against intolerance
BERLIN (AP) — A prominent Holocaust survivor on Thursday said that Germany has learned from its Nazi past and become a bulwark against intolerance.
Speaking at a memorial event in parliament commemorating the 6 million European Jews murdered in the Holocaust, Israeli historian Saul Friedlaender asked Germans to "continue fighting for tolerance and inclusiveness, humanity and freedom, in short for true democracy."
Israel leader scorned for wooing Holocaust-distorting allies
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warm welcome to Lithuania's prime minister marks his latest embrace of an eastern European leader who has offered strong political support while promoting a distorted image of the Holocaust.
Holocaust scholar surveys rising tide of anti-Semitism
"Antisemitism: Here and Now" (Schocken Books), by Deborah E. Lipstadt
Deborah E. Lipstadt was surprised at how hard it was to write her latest book. A leading authority on the Holocaust, she was used to "skulking in the sewers of antisemitism and genocide." But that was history.
What made her latest work so challenging — documenting the recent resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe and America, on the right and the left — was that it was happening now.
British Jews apply for German nationality as Brexit looms
BERLIN (AP) — Simon Wallfisch grew up in London as the grandson of an Auschwitz survivor who had sworn to never return to the country that murdered her parents and 6 million other Jews.
But more than 70 years after the Holocaust, Brexit has prompted Wallfisch and thousands of other Jews in Britain to apply for German citizenship, which was stripped from their ancestors by the Nazis during the Third Reich.
UN chief urges world: ‘Rise up against rising anti-Semitism’
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that hatred of Jews is getting worse, saying that "we must rise up against rising anti-Semitism."
Romanian president blasts politicians at Holocaust ceremony
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president has blasted politicians that make scapegoats out of the European Union and foreign companies to consolidate their grip on power.
President Klaus Iohannis claimed some Romanian politicians "in their reckless efforts to save themselves," blame "cunning multinationals ... and demonize the European Union," in veiled criticism of the government which has embarked on a judicial overhaul that critics say will dilute efforts to fight corruption.
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The Latest: Romania to give Holocaust survivors top honors
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (all times local):
Romania's president is giving one of the country's highest honors to eight Romanian Jews who survived the Holocaust and dedicated their lives to keeping the memory of Holocaust victims alive.
AP PHOTOS: Drawings by children in Nazi camp speak of dreams
PRAGUE (AP) — A unique collection of some 4,500 drawings by children who were interned at the Theresienstadt concentration camp during the Holocaust still attracts attention, 75 years since their creation.
Amid brutal conditions at the ghetto, the children made them during secret art classes led by artist Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, mostly in 1943-44.
The drawings depict the everyday life as well hopes and dreams of returning home, helping the children cope with the cruel reality.
Merkel calls on each citizen to fight anti-Semitism
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on every single citizen to help fight anti-Semitism ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Merkel said Saturday in her weekly podcast: "Today we are seeing a very different kind of anti-Semitism: there's the hatred of Jews by our local people, but also by Muslim migrants."
Buchenwald memorial bans German far-right AfD from ceremony
BERLIN (AP) — The memorial at Nazi ex-concentration camp Buchenwald is blocking members of the far-right Alternative for Germany party from attending Holocaust commemorations.
The memorial says AfD members aren't welcome until they "credibly distance themselves from the anti-democratic, anti-human rights, and historical revisionist positions of their party."
Holocaust group sought reconsideration of Angela Davis honor
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama civil rights organization withdrew a planned human rights award from political activist Angela Davis after a group that educates Alabamians about the Holocaust asked them to reconsider the honor.
German-Jewish author Edgar Hilsenrath dies at 92
BERLIN (AP) — Edgar Hilsenrath, a German-Jewish writer whose fictional account of the Holocaust from the perspective of a Nazi perpetrator became a best-seller, has died at 92.
The German news agency dpa quoted Hilsenrath's second wife, Marlene, as confirming Tuesday that the author died Dec. 30 in western Germany after battling pneumonia.
Born in Leipzig in 1926, Hilsenrath moved to Romania at 12 to escape Nazi persecution, and was later deported to Ukraine.
Warsaw ghetto uprising fighter Simcha Rotem dies at 94
JERUSALEM (AP) — Simcha Rotem, an Israeli Holocaust survivor who was among the last known Jewish fighters from the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising against the Nazis, has died. He was 94.
Rotem, who went by the underground nickname "Kazik," took part in the single greatest act of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. Though guaranteed to fail, the Warsaw ghetto uprising symbolized a refusal to succumb to Nazi atrocities and inspired other resistance campaigns by Jews and non-Jews alike.
Holocaust survivor killed by car while crossing street
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 92-year-old man who survived Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust was struck and killed by a car while crossing a street near his home in Oregon.
Alter Wiener died Tuesday in Hillsboro and was pronounced dead at a hospital, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported .
Outrage after plaques honoring Rome’s deported Jews stolen
ROME (AP) — Rome's mayor, Catholic groups and politicians of every stripe joined Italy's Jewish community on Monday in denouncing the theft of 20 small bronze plaques honoring a Jewish family deported during the Holocaust.
The plaques, affixed to the cobblestones in front of the Di Consiglio family home in the Monti neighborhood of downtown Rome, were taken overnight. A gaping hole in the cobblestones was all that remained Monday.
Union Terminal to open museum center studying Holocaust
CINCINNATI (AP) — Her parents never spoke about it. And Lilly Kurtz's only memory from that time?
It's of her mother spreading garlic on bread.
She was a toddler then and she ate that bread as she traveled on a boat from war-ravaged Germany, the horrors of the Holocaust that had just taken the lives of most of the people who shared her last name.
Michigan concert featuring songs written at WWII death camps
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Songs composed by imprisoned musicians in a World War II concentration camp will be performed by University of Iowa professors at Michigan's Holocaust Memorial Center .
The Sunday concert in Farmington Hills is called Songs of the Holocaust. Soprano Rachel Joselson and pianist Rene Lecuona will perform pieces from the Theresienstadt (thuh-REEZ'-ee-ehn-stadt) camp in occupied Czechoslovakia.
The Latest: Testimony ends in trial over disputed Nazi art
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a trial over disputed Nazi art (all times local):
Testimony has ended in a Los Angeles trial to decide the rightful owner of a priceless Camille Pissaro painting that was seized by the Nazis in 1939.
U.S. District Judge John F. Walter on Tuesday offered both attorneys the opportunity for closing arguments, but they declined. The judge gave them until Feb. 10 to submit post-trial motions. The judge's ruling isn't expected until the spring.
Funeral for Polish nun who rescued Jews during Holocaust
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish nun who was believed to be the oldest nun in the world and was recognized as a rescuer of Jews during the Holocaust was laid to rest on Thursday after dying last week at the age of 110.
Sister Cecylia Roszak was remembered as modest and merciful as nuns and other members of the church gathered in Krakow to bid her farewell.
Anne Frank House renovated to tell story to new generation
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The museum built around a secret annex in a canal-side house where Anne Frank hid from Nazis during World War II has been renovated to better tell the teenage Jewish diarist's tragic story to a new generation of visitors who may know little about the horrors of the Holocaust.
Museum executive director Ronald Leopold said Wednesday the aim is to "provide more information about the historical context and background of the story we represent, which is the story of Anne Frank."
UNESCO launches Holocaust education website
PARIS (AP) — The U.N. culture and education agency has teamed up with the World Jewish Congress to launch a website to counter Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.
UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and WJC President Ronald Lauder unveiled the interactive "Facts about the Holocaust " site at the cultural agency's Paris headquarters on Monday.
Canada apologizes for turning away Nazi era ship of Jews
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized Wednesday on behalf of his nation for turning away a ship full of Jewish refugees trying to flee Nazi Germany in 1939.
The German liner MS St. Louis was carrying 907 German Jews fleeing Nazi persecution and it also had been rejected by Cuba and the United States. The passengers were forced to return to Europe and more than 250 later died in the Holocaust.
Jewish students remember “Night of Broken Glass” in Berlin
BERLIN (AP) — Jewish students in Berlin on Wednesday marked the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass," when Nazis terrorized Jews throughout Germany and Austria.
Some 30 students from the Jewish Traditional School lit candles and recited prayers at their school as Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal urged them to jointly overcome Germany's past by building a secure future for Jews in the country.
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:
NOT REAL NEWS: Synagogue shooting victim was not a Holocaust survivor
Electric chair builder worried Tennessee execution will fail
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If Tennessee electrocutes Edmund Zagorski on Thursday, it will be in an electric chair built by a self-taught execution expert who is no longer welcome in the prison system and who worries that his device will malfunction.
Fred Leuchter (LOOT'-cher) had a successful career in the execution business before his reputation was tainted by his claim that there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz.
Prominent Austrian Holocaust survivor Rudolf Gelbard dies
BERLIN (AP) — Rudolf Gelbard, a prominent Austrian journalist and Holocaust survivor, has died. He was 87.
Vienna's Jewish community said Wednesday that Gelbard died overnight after a long illness. President Alexander Van der Bellen said that "Austria has lost an important witness of the Shoah, a vigilant warning voice against anti-Semitism and a committed fighter for democracy."
1st US public Holocaust memorial merges past with new tech
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In 1964, the first public memorial to the Holocaust in the United States was unveiled in a solemn ceremony in Philadelphia. The bronze-on-black granite sculpture called "Six Million Jewish Martyrs" was the work of artist Nathan Rapoport, who fled his native Poland when the Nazis invaded Warsaw. It was commissioned by a group of Philadelphia-area Holocaust survivors and Jewish civic leaders. The sculpture, which depicts images of resistance, innocence and faith, has sat unchanged on its perch along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway ever since.
Denmark, Israel mark rescue of Danish Jews from Holocaust
HELSINKI (AP) — Israeli and Danish dignitaries on Thursday marked the 75th anniversary of the daring rescue of more than 7,000 Jews from Denmark by boat to neighboring Sweden during World War II.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen paid tribute to the events in 1943 in ceremonies at the small fishing town of Gilleleje, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Copenhagen.
Elie Wiesel bust unveiled in Romania to mark Holocaust day
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A bust of Romania-born writer and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel was unveiled Tuesday in Bucharest on the country's national Holocaust remembrance day.
The director of Romania's National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust joined Bucharest's mayor and the U.S. and Israeli ambassadors for the event, held in a small square named for Wiesel.
Nazi Hunter Serge Klarsfeld receives top French award
PARIS (AP) — French Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld has been awarded France's highest honor, the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, in a ceremony led by President Emmanuel Macron.
The French presidency said Tuesday the intimate ceremony, in the presence of family and friends, was held Monday evening at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris.
His wife, 79-year-old Beate Klarsfeld, received the National Order of Merit in the same ceremony.
Sonia Orbuch, who fought Nazis as a girl, dies in California
CORTE MADERA, Calif. (AP) — Sonia Orbuch, who survived the Holocaust as a teenager in eastern Europe by joining a resistance group that was sabotaging the Nazis, has died in Northern California, a newspaper reported. She was 93.
Merkel, Netanyahu play down differences during Israel visit
JERUSALEM (AP) — The leaders of Israel and Germany, countries that have built a strong alliance since the horrors of the Holocaust, put on a display of unity in Jerusalem on Thursday, even as the two states continue to grapple with gaping disagreements over Iran and the Palestinians.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Israel for two days of joint government consultations, the seventh such trip since Israel and Germany established the tradition a decade ago.
Holocaust survivor who became US Army major general has died
Sidney Shachnow, who survived the Holocaust as a child and fought in Vietnam as a U.S. Army Green Beret before becoming a major general, has died. He was 83.
Shachnow's wife, Arlene, said by phone Wednesday that he passed away on Sept. 27 at a hospital in Pinehurst, North Carolina. They lived in the nearby town of Southern Pines.
Merkel in Israel to promote tight ties, as differences loom
JERUSALEM (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Israel on Wednesday for the latest in a series of joint government consultations highlighting the countries' close bond seven decades after the Holocaust, even as recent developments have tested the tight ties.
Far-right German party’s plans for Jewish section criticized
BERLIN (AP) — The far-right Alternative for Germany party has announced it will create a Jewish section within the party, drawing widespread criticism by Jewish groups across the country.
One prominent Jewish student group accused the anti-migrant party on Wednesday as being "one of the biggest threats to Jewish ... life in Germany."
"The AfD is not getting a kosher certificate from us," the leader of the Jewish Students Union of Germany said, referring to the nationalist party by its acronym.
Pope warns Lithuanians against rebirth of anti-Semitism
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Pope Francis warned against historic revisionism and any rebirth of anti-Semitism that fueled the Holocaust as he marked the annual remembrance Sunday for Lithuania's centuries-old Jewish community that was nearly wiped out during World War II.
Prague station’s conversion to Holocaust memorial underway
PRAGUE (AP) — The conversion of an abandoned railway station in Prague into a memorial for the Jews who were put on trains there to Nazi concentration camps has been launched in the Czech capital.
Activists have spent five years working to create the Memorial of Silence, which is meant to preserve the historical memory of the tens of thousands of Jews who departed from Bubny station during World War II.