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  • Shoah: Articles and previously unknown facts

    The purpose of this thread is to share articles and previously unknown facts about the Holocaust / Shoah:

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    The Catholic, French count who saved a Jewish family from the Nazis



    In his castle in rural France, Count Henri de Menthon discreetly and humbly saved Jewish children in during World War II.


    http://m.jpost.com/#article=6017NDMy...A3MzMxOEZFMzg=

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    Survivors doing good things:

    You realize that the horns on the helmet are shofars'
    Minnesota Vikings’ owner thinks big with new stadium and Holocaust philanthropy
    The son of two survivors, Mark Wilf loves a touchdown almost as much as he cares about ensuring a dignified lifestyle for impoverished survivors today

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/minneso...-philanthropy/



    Meet the Holocaust survivor who organized the generals’ endorsement of Trump
    Maj. Gen. (ret.) Sidney Shachnow, who lived through WWII in Lithuania, says GOP nominee ‘has temperament to be commander-in-chief’

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/meet-th...ment-of-trump/

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    • #3
      Originally posted by GB_FXST View Post
      Meet the Holocaust survivor who organized the generals’ endorsement of Trump
      Maj. Gen. (ret.) Sidney Shachnow, who lived through WWII in Lithuania, says GOP nominee ‘has temperament to be commander-in-chief’
      Odd. The Jewish community in Germany for example says unisono that Trump is a dangerous populist whose election must be prevented by all democratic means. I don't mean to derail this thread, I'm just curious: How do America's jews view Trump in general?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by muck View Post
        Odd. The Jewish community in Germany for example says unisono that Trump is a dangerous populist whose election must be prevented by all democratic means. I don't mean to derail this thread, I'm just curious: How do America's jews view Trump in general?
        I know you have maybe seen this already but: http://www.timesofisrael.com/why-in-...support-trump/

        “I think he’s honest. Obviously he has a good business background,” said Marc Rauch, 64, a film producer in Los Angeles who is originally from Brooklyn. “He’s not a politician, so I think a lot of stuff he’s responding to on the fly. He hasn’t spent 20 years running for office. We need real leaders, not professional politicians.
        “Trump is somebody who has real experience. What I don’t want is another guy who has done nothing in his life other than run for public office.”
        There appear to be some inherent contradictions in the qualities many of Trump’s Jewish supporters say they like about him. They see his brash and sometimes crude persona as authentic, but believe he’ll behave differently as president. They admire his business successes but disregard or explain away his business failures. They acknowledge his big ego but say Trump understands that being president is more about assembling the right team of advisers than about the man himself.
        In short, his supporters project onto Trump the positive things they want in a president and downplay the negative signs Trump opponents find so alarming.
        “People say he’s failed so many times — well, you learn from failure. You’re not going to succeed unless you fail many times,” said Lisa, a 32-year-old Jewish voter from Los Angeles who asked that her last name not be published.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by muck View Post
          Odd. The Jewish community in Germany for example says unisono that Trump is a dangerous populist whose election must be prevented by all democratic means. I don't mean to derail this thread, I'm just curious: How do America's jews view Trump in general?
          Completely anecdotal, but I am the only member of my extended family in the US who has expressed support for Trump.

          Even family members who terribly upset by the disastrous JCPOA still plan to vote for Hillary. Shame.

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          Just found out that a stumbling block will be erected for my paternal great-great-grandfather:

          'Stumbling Blocks' Cobblestone Memorials to Murdered Jews Spread in Berlin


          http://forward.com/news/breaking-new...s-to-murdered/

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          • #6
            Mickey Mouse figurine resurfaces near Auschwitz
            Head of Holocaust foundation says child who owned statuette likely died in gas chambers of the Nazi death camp

            http://www.timesofisrael.com/mickey-...ear-auschwitz/

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            The author correctly notes that the figurine is terribly tragic.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by GB_FXST View Post
              Just found out that a stumbling block will be erected for my paternal great-great-grandfather:

              'Stumbling Blocks' Cobblestone Memorials to Murdered Jews Spread in Berlin


              http://forward.com/news/breaking-new...s-to-murdered/
              My sympathies. I've donated for a few to be installed in my home town; I think its a great project, better than any old memorial rendered obscure by some artist's strange "vision". Unfortunately, some cities do not endorse Mr. Demnig's. A dissenter in the Central Council of Jews in Germany told reporters once the thought that pedestrians could step on the names of Shoa victims would make her upset. She even went so far as to call Demnig and his supporters "memory criminals", suggesting they wanted to marginalize the victims as did the Nazis. Her criticism made some city governments chicken out; even cities as large as Munich still do not feature stumbling block cobblestones.
              It's sad she sees it that way and that her colleagues could not persuade her otherwise.
              Have I perhaps stepped on one of the stumbling block cobblestones once? By accident, sure. It doesn't mean that I treat the memory of the person to whom the stone is dedicated with contempt, though. In fact I think it doesn't even matter if someone steps on the stone. In my opinion, the cobblestones allegorize how the fates of the victims are a part of the very country now, much like blood runs into the ground. The stones aren't supposed to be hallowed ground. And I do like the stumbling stone metaphor in general.

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              • #8
                Thank you, @muck.

                Good post, and I agree 100% with your sentiment and analysis.

                Short of transiting through the Frankfurt airport, I have never been to Germany. I may accompany my uncle to the stumbling block dedication early next year.

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                • #9
                  New Ken Burns film spotlights little-known Holocaust rescuers

                  http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-ken...aust-rescuers/

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                  • #10
                    Jewish refugee from iconic World War II photo dies at 92
                    By JTA
                    Sun, 11 Sep 2016, 04:30 AM

                    The photo was taken on August 14, 1945 after the news of Japan’s surrender and the end of World War II was broadcast.

                    http://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Jewish-r...BBODBCREI2QTk=

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by GB_FXST View Post
                      Jewish refugee from iconic World War II photo dies at 92
                      By JTA
                      Sun, 11 Sep 2016, 04:30 AM

                      The photo was taken on August 14, 1945 after the news of Japan’s surrender and the end of World War II was broadcast.

                      http://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Jewish-r...BBODBCREI2QTk=
                      I didn't know he was jewish! Z"L

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by J.Noah ה View Post

                        I didn't know he was jewish! Z"L
                        She was Jewish. I don't think he is; apparently, he is still alive.

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                          The price for helping Nazi victims

                          Our readers may ask why this matter should interest us. Very simply put, Judge von Renesse may have to pay a very heavy price for his outstanding help to Holocaust survivors in Israel and elsewhere. He will stand on trial for disciplinary charges brought against him by his former colleagues, the judges in the Social Court of Essen.

                          http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-p...ef9fd-54773593

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                          • #14
                            Shanghai was a place to which the ambitious, the wily and the desperate could escape'
                            How Jews once ran Shanghai, the ‘wicked old Paris of the East’
                            Montreal writer’s new book ‘Shanghai Grand’ spotlights a long and varied list of Jewish characters who helped drive the WWII haven’s dramatic bygone era

                            During the three years following Hitler’s Kristallnacht pogrom in 1938 when the world closed its doors to Jews fleeing the Nazis, Shanghai became “the port of last resort” for 20,000 Jewish refugees escaping Europe.

                            While researching the book, Grescoe learned China had a small Jewish community as far back as the 10th century AD but Jews were unknown to most Chinese. As a result, anti-Semitism was a foreign concept. He also discovered that after the Japanese occupiers established a Jewish ghetto in Shanghai in 1943 under pressure from their Nazi allies, the Jews and local Chinese had decent relations.

                            “For the common Chinese in Shanghai, especially those in Hongkou, the site of the ghetto, the Jews were just neighbors, and they tended to get along,” says Grescoe. “The overall impression you get is of people thrown together in poverty but willing to laugh together, work alongside one another, and help one another.”

                            “We also shouldn’t forget the extraordinary ‘Schindler of China,’ Ho Feng Shan, who used his position at the Nationalist Chinese consulate in Vienna to write thousands of transit visas for Shanghai. He’s the one who alerted European Jewry to the fact that Shanghai was a ‘free port,’ open to all comers. Despite opposition from his superiors, he saved at least 5,000 Jews,” he says.


                            http://www.timesofisrael.com/how-jew...s-of-the-east/

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                            • #15
                              When an Israeli Ambassador Debated a British Historian on Israel’s Legitimacy—and Won

                              The Montreal face-off between Yaacov Herzog and Arnold Toynbee offers ways of discussing the Jewish state that still feel fresh

                              http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news...g-toynbee-1961

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