March 27, 2005 |
Nearly 63 years later, the words still burn forth from the yellowed, fragile scrap of cardboard-like paper on which they were written in the greatest of haste, yet somehow miraculously preserved. "My darlings! I am on a train," Esther Frankel, a Polish Jew who was born Esther Horonchik, wrote to her family in Paris in August 1942 as she was being deported to Auschwitz.
January 25, 2008 |
Israel's Holocaust memorial institution launched an Arabic version of its website, with vivid photos of Nazi atrocities and video of survivors' testimony, to combat Holocaust denial in the Arab and Muslim world. Among those featured on the Yad Vashem site is Dina Beitler, a survivor of the Nazi genocide that killed 6 million Jews in World War II. Beitler, who was shot and left for dead in 1941, tells her story on the site, with Arabic subtitles. "Holocaust denial in various countries exists, and so it is important that people see us, the Holocaust survivors, that they'll listen to our testimonies, and learn the legacy of the Holocaust -- also in Arabic," Beitler, 73, said at Yad Vashem.
June 11, 2002 |
JERUSALEM -- Israel's first astronaut, who lost relatives to Nazi death camps, will blast into orbit with a picture of the moon drawn by a Jewish child killed in World War II, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial here announced Monday. Ilan Ramon, a colonel in the Israeli air force, will be launched July 19 aboard the space shuttle Columbia, taking with him "Moon Landscape," a drawing by 14-year-old Peter Ginz, who died in the Auschwitz death camp.
January 17, 1995
Thousands of Israeli survivors of Auschwitz, the most notorious Nazi death camp, are expected to gather in Jerusalem Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the camp in southern Poland. Hosted by Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, 3,000 to 4,000 survivors are expected to attend the gathering in a Jerusalem convention center. Survivors will inscribe their names and the numbers the Nazis tattooed on their arms in a commemorative book.
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May 14, 1988 |
During the darkest days of the Holocaust, Dr. Laszlo Petrovicz was a steady beacon of light for Jews in Budapest. As a Hungarian army doctor assigned to a Jewish labor colony, he helped dozens of captives escape under the guise of sending them to medical specialists. He and his Jewish wife, Zsuszanna, a nurse, provided food and medical care to Jews in Budapest's ghetto. They obtained false identification papers for many and hid others in their own home, written testimonies from survivors say.
March 22, 2000 |
Before he was arrested and carted off to his death at the Auschwitz concentration camp, Belgian artist Carol Deutsch painted 99 scenes from the Bible, a birthday gift for his 2-year-old daughter. On Thursday, copies of 10 of those paintings will be presented to Pope John Paul II when he makes a much-anticipated visit to Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, a hillside memorial that is both chilling and poignant in its homage to the 6 million Jews killed in World War II.