BERLIN (AP) — Walter Frankenstein was 14 years old when a police officer came to the Jewish orphanage he was living at in Berlin, urging all children to leave the building immediately because “something bad will happen tonight.” It was early evening, November 9, 1938. Later that night, he climbed up on the roof of the orphanage and saw fire lighting up the city.“Then we knew: the synagogues were burning,” he said. “The next morning, when I had to go to school, there was sparkling, broken glass everywhere on the streets.” Frankenstein, now 94, was describing Kristallnacht — the “Night of Broken Glass” — when Nazis, among them many ordinary Germans, terrorized Jews throughout Germany and Austria. They killed at least 91 people and vandalized 7,500 Jewish businesses. They also burned more than 1,400 synagogues, according to Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. Up to 30,000 Jewish men were arrested, many taken to … [Read more...] about Holocaust Survivor Recalls Kristallnacht ‘Night of Broken Glass’ Horrors
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In this Wednesday, April 11, 2018, photo, childhood Holocaust survivors Simon Gronowski and Alice Gerstel Weit embrace at the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum. (Reed Saxon/AP)In this Wednesday, April 11, 2018, photo, childhood Holocaust survivors Simon Gronowski and Alice Gerstel Weit are interviewed at the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum memorial. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)In this Wednesday, April 11, 2018, photo, childhood Holocaust survivors Simon Gronowski and Alice Gerstel Weit are interviewed at the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum memorial after their reunion after more than 70 years. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)In this Wednesday, April 11, 2018, photo, childhood Holocaust survivors Simon Gronowski and Alice Gerstel Weit exchange photographs they haven't seen in decades, at the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum memorial. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)In this Wednesday, April 11, 2018, photo, childhood Holocaust survivors Simon Gronowski and Alice Gerstel Weit hug at the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum memorial. There … [Read more...] about After 76 years, children Holocaust survivors reunite
AUSCHWITZ, the largest of the Nazi death camps, was the scene of the most appalling mass murder in human history. During the Holocaust over a million people – the vast majority of them Jews – lost their lives at the sprawling complex. Here is the history of the concentration camp. Where is Auschwitz? Auschwitz concentration camp was constructed in the suburbs of the Polish city Oświęcim, near the modern nation's southern border, in 1940. The site was already the location of 16 dilapidated buildings, which had previously housed soldiers and workers. After annexing that region of Poland during the early stages of World War Two, by April 1940 the Nazi regime needed somewhere to house to Polish political prisoners, with local jails full. The majority of local residents were evicted to make way for German citizens, and Jewish workers from Oświęcim were forced to lay the foundations of the camp. A month after plans were approved, the first prisoners … [Read more...] about Where is Auschwitz, how many people died in the concentration camp during the Holocaust and can you visit it?
Aviva Blumberg will never forget, even if much of America has. Blumberg, 86, was one of eight survivors commemorating the Holocaust Day of Remembrance with students at a Manhattan museum, even as a new survey revealed that many Americans lack basic knowledge of one of the world’s most evil atrocities. Blumberg was a young girl in Poland when World War II broke out, and she cannot forget the horror of seeing orphaned children and people dying in the streets of the Warsaw ghetto. “There was no semblance of normal life,” she told students during a ceremony at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan. “My mother and sister did not survive,” she said. “I suspect that they died in the Warsaw ghetto because their names do not appear in any of the concentration camps, and the Germans kept pretty good records.” Israel marches in remembrance of Holocaust victims on annual remembrance day Blumberg was given to a stranger by … [Read more...] about Holocaust survivors recount painful past on Remembrance Day at Manhattan museum
A Holocaust survivor says the rise of the American far right under President Donald Trump “feels like 1929 or 1930 Berlin” as Nazis thrived, and “things just go from bad to worse every day,” according to a Newsweek story.Stephen B. Jacobs, a New York-based architect who designed the Holocaust memorial in Buchenwald, Germany, spoke to the publication ahead of Thursday’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. Jacobs, 79, has lived in America since a few years after being liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp on April 11, 1945.On the growth of the far-right movement and white nationalism in America, Jacobs said, “There’s a real problem growing.”“Things that couldn’t be said five years ago, four years ago, three years ago — couldn’t be said in public — are now normal discourse,” he said. “It’s totally unacceptable.”Jacobs terms Trump an “enabler’ of far-right … [Read more...] about Holocaust survivor on President Trump’s America: It’s ‘1929 or 1930 Berlin’