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  • Canada court clears way for deportation of Nazi war crimes suspect

    Helmut Oberlander, who has been stripped of his citizenship, claims he was forced to join Einsatzkommando mobile killing squad because he could speak Russian and German

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/canada...rimes-suspect/

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    • This boxer survived the Holocaust by winning fights in Auschwitz

      Salamo Arouch literally fought for survival during World War II. But he wasn't a soldier, he was a boxer of Jewish-Greek descent. That means the All-Balkans Middleweight Champ ended up in Auschwitz when the Nazis rolled into his home city of Thessalonica, Greece, in 1943.

      That's where he started fighting for his life.

      https://www.wearethemighty.com/histo...-salamo-arouch

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      • The long-lost Holocaust diary of a Polish Jewish teen is bittersweet

        You might imagine that life for a Jewish teenager in Poland during World War II, under Soviet Communist and Nazi German rule, would be gloomy. And you’d be right, mostly.

        But the long-hidden holocaust diary of Renia Springer—to be published in English by St. Martin’s Press in 2019, and excerpted by the Smithsonian—reveals that, even as the world burns around her, a teenage girl remains concerned with boys and school and muses about whether it’s better to be famous or happy.

        https://qz.com/1457821/the-lost-holo...s-bittersweet/

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        • @GB_FXST

          Have you had any experience dealing with Germany about reparations? I have heard that the German government likes to claim that they have so few records that make it hard for families to receive claims. If records are so scarce, why are there so many photographs?

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          • Originally posted by J.Noah ה View Post
            @GB_FXST

            Have you had any experience dealing with Germany about reparations? I have heard that the German government likes to claim that they have so few records that make it hard for families to receive claims. If records are so scarce, why are there so many photographs?
            Not me, personally. But, generally speaking yes.

            My father's side of the family were all German citizens. He was the first born outside of Germany in literally hundreds of years of family history.

            Anyhow, paternal surviving family members did receive reparations and social security payments.

            The family was able to document both significant loss of property (hence reparations) and had paid into the social security system.

            However, my mother's side were not German citizens, and to my knowledge, maternal side survivors never received any reparations.

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            • US JEWS WERE TOLD: 'NO PARADES, DEMONSTRATIONS, OR PROTESTS'

              How to explain the ‘timid’ reaction of American Jewish leaders to Kristallnacht?

              Amid the worst pogrom to take place in Germany since the Middle Ages, most US Jewish communal leaders told their constituents to keep quiet

              https://www.timesofisrael.com/how-to...kristallnacht/

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              • Originally posted by GB_FXST View Post

                Not me, personally. But, generally speaking yes.

                My father's side of the family were all German citizens. He was the first born outside of Germany in literally hundreds of years of family history.

                Anyhow, paternal surviving family members did receive reparations and social security payments.

                The family was able to document both significant loss of property (hence reparations) and had paid into the social security system.

                However, my mother's side were not German citizens, and to my knowledge, maternal side survivors never received any reparations.
                Ah. Property. That would make sense. Is it a one time lump sump?

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                • Originally posted by J.Noah ה View Post

                  Ah. Property. That would make sense. Is it a one time lump sump?
                  No, not lump sum, but a monthly check.

                  But, this was a lifetime payout only, and ceased upon the death of the last survivor.

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                  • Originally posted by GB_FXST View Post
                    The long-lost Holocaust diary of a Polish Jewish teen is bittersweet

                    You might imagine that life for a Jewish teenager in Poland during World War II, under Soviet Communist and Nazi German rule, would be gloomy. And you’d be right, mostly.

                    But the long-hidden holocaust diary of Renia Springer—to be published in English by St. Martin’s Press in 2019, and excerpted by the Smithsonian—reveals that, even as the world burns around her, a teenage girl remains concerned with boys and school and muses about whether it’s better to be famous or happy.

                    https://qz.com/1457821/the-lost-holo...s-bittersweet/
                    It pains an anti communist like me to say it, but it was better for a Jew to be under Soviet rather than German occupation...and it was´nt even close. War conditions, rationing, limitations on pesonal freedom...but they were´nt rounding up Jews like on the other side of the line.

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                    • Originally posted by GB_FXST View Post
                      US JEWS WERE TOLD: 'NO PARADES, DEMONSTRATIONS, OR PROTESTS'

                      How to explain the ‘timid’ reaction of American Jewish leaders to Kristallnacht?

                      Amid the worst pogrom to take place in Germany since the Middle Ages, most US Jewish communal leaders told their constituents to keep quiet

                      https://www.timesofisrael.com/how-to...kristallnacht/
                      Thats a nicely censored piece.

                      It doesnt mention that the Klan had hundreds of thousands of members and until a few scandals involving the rape and murder of white women had tarnished the leadership they could organise mass parades through most major cities.

                      Germans were one of the main ethnic groups and the German American bund was creating mass rallies.

                      The Silver legion of America didn't have that sort of political mass but the silver shirts existed.

                      None of these groups were national powers but at the local level they could cause carnage at an election. These days America is seen as being friendly to Jews but that didnt really move past bare tolerance until the 50s and 60s. Before then any politician taking up Jewish rights would have been as popular as an anti-gun advocate in Texas.

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                      • Originally posted by Nemowork View Post

                        Thats a nicely censored piece.

                        It doesnt mention that the Klan had hundreds of thousands of members and until a few scandals involving the rape and murder of white women had tarnished the leadership they could organise mass parades through most major cities.

                        Germans were one of the main ethnic groups and the German American bund was creating mass rallies.

                        The Silver legion of America didn't have that sort of political mass but the silver shirts existed.

                        None of these groups were national powers but at the local level they could cause carnage at an election. These days America is seen as being friendly to Jews but that didnt really move past bare tolerance until the 50s and 60s. Before then any politician taking up Jewish rights would have been as popular as an anti-gun advocate in Texas.
                        Correct, and social anti-Semitism, or prejudice across the board generally, was the norm. It is easily forgotten today.


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                        • Funeral held for 110-year-old Polish nun who rescued Jews during Holocaust

                          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.

                          https://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-...122-story.html

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                          • A 95-year-old German has been accused of being a guard at an Austrian Nazi death camp and charged with being an accessory to the murder of tens of thousands of people.
                            German prosecutors alleged that the man, identified only as Hans H due to legal reasons, has been an SS guard at Mauthausen death camp between mid-1944 to early 1945 and was part of the killing operation.
                            At least 100,000 were killed in Austria’s largest Nazi death camp, with Hans H accused of being an accessory to the murder of 36,223 people, the BBC reported.

                            https://www.foxnews.com/world/german...azi-death-camp

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                            • On December 2, the UK marks 80 years since the rescue of Jewish children from the Nazis, but the fate which befell some of those who made it to Britain is no cause for celebration

                              There is no doubting the lasting gratitude Jewish child refugees feel towards the UK or the generosity of those who opened their homes to them. “I have the greatest admiration for England and the English people. They were the only country that took us in,” recalled one. “To my dying day, I will be grateful to this country,” suggested another.

                              Nor can anything detract from the heroism of individuals such as Sir Nicholas Winton — “Britain’s Schindler” — who put themselves in great personal danger to oversee the rescue mission.

                              However, the focus on the Kindertransport also hides a somewhat guilty national conscience, both about those who were not able to escape to Britain, and the fates — including internment and deportation — which befell some of those “lucky ones” who did.

                              It was this bewildering change in attitude that caused one Jewish composer to write after his unexpected May 1940 internment: “Are these our friends, the same British people who received us in friendly fashion, recognized our work, offered our children their hospitality, gave us the feeling of a new homeland? … [And] now the friend comes with a changed, coldly unapproachable face, says ‘sorry’ and treats you, the trusting, grateful guest, like the worst enemy and criminal!”

                              https://www.timesofisrael.com/does-b...ty-conscience/

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                              • The cigarette case that saved lives in the Holocaust
                                Łódź Ghetto Prison: a Jewish artist, an inmate, gives a Jewish prison warden a gift to buy a fellow inmate’s life; the gift, a unique engraved silver cigarette pack, survived under the rubble and is to be presented in Israel soon.

                                https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,...416774,00.html

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