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  • #61
    Originally posted by GB_FXST View Post
    First cousins who thought entire family died in Holocaust united in Israel

    Two pairs of Polish Jewish siblings meet in Jerusalem after one of them finds her father’s testimony at Yad Vashem database filled out by previously unknown relative

    The tale started earlier this year when one of the siblings, Fania Blakay, found a testimony in the Yad Vashem database about her father. The testimony had been filled out by her father’s brother-in-law, who Blakay had been told had died.
    ​My Great Grandmother visited Yad Vashem many years ago before I was born and she told my grandmother that she had recognized a few family members in the picture exhibit. Its a shame that we did not find out which pictures they are.


    • #62
      This Woman Saved Children by Hiding Them in Trash Cans and Coffins Until She Was Caught, and This Is How It Ended


      • #63
        On October 19, 1965, Yad Vashem recognized Irena Sendler as Righteous Among the Nations. The tree planted in her honor stands at the entrance to the Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations.


        • #64
          Swiss bank guard’s quest to obtain justice for the Jewish people

          "The reality of Christianity is that you have to go against the world at times."

          More than 50 years after the end of the Holocaust, there were still righteous gentiles willing to risk everything they had to help the Jewish people, if not to save their lives, but to at least help them obtain justice.

          On the night of January 8, 1997, Union Bank of Switzerland night guard Cristoph Meili discovered that the bank in Zurich was destroying Holocaust-era documents.


          • #65
            The Roman Catholic Dutchwoman who hid Anne Frank and family

            "Never have they uttered a single word about the burden we must be," Anne wrote about Miep Gies and her associates.

            After the war, Gies gave Anne’s diary to Otto, which would eventually put the Frank family into the spotlight. Gies was honored as a Righteous Among the Nations on March 8, 1972. She died at the age of 100 on January 11, 2000.



            • #66
              Archaeologists unearth jewelry likely removed from Nazi gas chamber victims

              Among items is unique pendant, resembling one which belonged to Anne Frank.

              A unique pendant has particularly drawn attention, bearing a close resemblance to one owned by author and Holocaust victim Anne Frank. The pendant bears the words "Mazal Tov" written in Hebrew on one side and on the other side the Hebrew letter "Hei" for Hashem, (God) as well three Stars of David. It’s believed to have belonged to a child from Frankfurt.

              Through the use of Yad Vashem's online pan-European Deportation Database "Transports to Extinction," researchers found that the pendant might have belonged to a girl by the name of Karoline Cohn, born on July 3, 1929, who was deported from Frankfurt to Minsk on November 11, 1941.


              Additional research reveals that there may be familial connection between Frank and Cohn; researchers are currently trying to locate relatives of both families.



              • #67
                Risking everything to defy the Nazis

                The tale of Rev. Waitstill and Martha Sharp, who lied and deceived their way to saving more than 100 Czech Jews during the Holocaust.

                It is difficult to quantify the Sharps’ efforts, their grandson writes. However, in the few months they were in Czechoslovakia and later for a short time in Vichy France, they apparently helped about 125 people flee to freedom from an almost- certain death at the hands of the Nazis. The two also provided money for transportation and clothes for other people to get to ports where their visas would allow them to escape.

                In addition, the Sharps set up a feeding program in Prague that kept 264 people alive long enough to get out and provided milk for 800 starving French children for a month.



                • #68


                  Yolocaust is a project by Israeli satirist and author Shahak Shapira that explores our commemorative culture by combining selfies from the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin with footage from Nazi extermination camps. The selfies were found on Facebook, Instagram, Tinder and Grindr. Comments, hashtags and "Likes" that were posted with the selfies are also included.


                  • #69
                    I posted this link before, but these are writings from officers of the 71st infantry who liberated Gunskirchen concentration camp in Austria. They made a pamphlet of their observations as to help deter the repeating of such horrors in the future, and perhaps to get a load off their chest as Gunskirchen and Ebensee were full of horrors.



                    • #70
                      Last letters from the Holocaust' displayed in Yad Vashem project

                      In a new exhibition launched online for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yad Vashem exposes the moving last words people in the Holocaust sent to their loved ones.