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Taking a Stand Against Antisemitism!

Martin Luther King on Antisemitism and Bigotry towards Catholics
In the Video, the Christian preacher speaks out about bigotry towards Jews and Catholics.
Not about Israel or Zionism, but when people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews and they are talking antisemitism!

“I would still take a stand against anti-Semitism because it is wrong, it’s unjust and it’s evil!”
If my Catholic brothers and sisters said to me, amid bigotry towards Catholics, we don’t need your support on this, because we have enough Catholic power to deal with it, I would still take a stand against bigotry towards Catholics because it is wrong, it is evil and it is unjust!”

Young Women for America Stand against Antisemitism

Chabad Rabbis visit Montana as a Special Thanks for Stand Against Antisemitism

Several rabbis from Canada and across the United States made a special visit to Montana Wednesday, thanking state leaders for standing up for the Jewish community in the face of recent anti-Semitic threats in Whitefish.

“We understand that you have been a true friend … for the Jewish community, and we are grateful for that,” Shmuel Herzfeld, rabbi at the National Synagogue in Washington, D.C., told Gov. Steve Bullock in a meeting at the Capitol. “We wanted to come and say that to you here.”

The group, led by Rabbi Chaim Bruk of Bozeman, also traveled to Whitefish, where they planned to propose financing a trip by four local students to visit the sites of former Nazi concentration camps in Poland, where Jews and others were murdered during World War II.

“(They) will go and learn to where hatred can lead, and how to be a voice advocating for love and against those isolated yet very powerful threatening voices that (can) emerge,” said Adam Scheier, a rabbi from Montreal, Quebec.

Rabbis from Sacramento, Calif., San Antonio, Texas, and Missoula also made the trip to Helena.

By: Michael Schwartz

Holocaust Memorials Vandalized

City Leaders, Community Members Come Together when Holocaust Memorial in Boston Is Vandalized

Police were called by a witness to find a glass panel on one of the memorial’s 54-foot-high towers shattered.

The memorial that opened in 1995 is on the Freedom Trail near Faneuil Hall and City Hall and remains open at all times.

The six glass towers are lit internally and etched with millions of numbers that represent tattoos on the arms of many Jews sent to Nazi death camps.

Vandals steal bronze stars from Holocaust memorial
Police in Massachusetts are investigating after vandals stole two bronze Stars of David that had adorned the symbolic grave of a young girl killed in the Holocaust. The artist reated the memorial for his sister who died in the Holocaust, has called the theft a hate crime.

By: Michael Schwartz





Educating People on the Holocaust

Holocaust survivor shares his story to help prevent bullying in schools
Jozef Vissel was orphaned during the Second World War in Holland as a Jewish child. He owes his survival to the people who had the courage to care, despite putting their own lives at risk. He asks if we would do the same? He shares his story with children, in hope to stop bullying in schools. Produced by Josephine Asher (Seventh Box Productions) for The Anne Frank Exhibition in Australia. Sponsored by Two Men And A Truck.

Changing lives: Steven shares his Holocaust story for future generations

Holocaust-survivor Steven Frank tells the story of how his experiences during the Second World War are to be remembered forever in a ground-breaking new digital project.

Supported by HLF, it will preserve the stories of 10 Holocaust survivors using 3D laser projections so that their testimonies can be passed on to future generations.

94-year old Holocaust survivor shares his memories with Israel’s next generations

Holocaust survivor Zwi Nigal remembers when the two Gestapo secret policemen, wearing trench coats, knocked on his door in Vienna in 1939.

Gently leaning on his wife for balance, Nigal, 94, shared his experiences during World War II with a few dozen people who gathered in an apartment in central Israel on Sunday, the eve of the country’s annual Remembrance Day for the six million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust. Sitting on bean bags and a sofa, they listened to the Nigal’s account as part of a nationwide project called  Zikaron BaSalon (Memories in the Living Room).

Similar remembrance gatherings were held in 13,000 other homes in Israel, where survivors shared their stories. Their numbers dwindling, some 189,000 elderly survivors live in Israel, making the first-hand testimony all the more poignant.


By: Michael Schwartz

Remembering Simone Veil

France: Pro-choice lawmaker and Holocaust survivor Simone Veil dies at 89

Simone Veil, a French survivor of Nazi death camps and European Parliament president who spearheaded abortion rights as one of France’s most prominent women politicians died. She was 89. Veil said her it was her experiences in the Nazi concentration camps that made her a firm believer in the unification of Europe.

“The idea of war was for me something terrible,” she told The Associated Press in a 2007 interview. “The only possible option was to make peace.”

Her own rise from former deportee to the head of the European Parliament was a strong symbol of sought-after peace.

Honouring Simone Veil: a woman of many firsts

Simone Veil, who died Friday aged 89, survived Auschwitz and went on to become one of France’s most respected politicians, steering through landmark laws to liberalize contraception and abortion.

Photo: AP

By: Michael Schwartz

Rising Antisemitism Across the United States

Anti-Semitic Incidents on the Rise in the U.S.

New research shows a significant rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S. Some are blaming the new wave of harassment against Jews on partisan politics. The cases of hate incidents against Jews have increased since last year. The president is addressing this subject, as images of toppled headstones at Jewish graveyards, and anti-Semitic flyers with swastikas were found littered across neighborhoods having shocked and frightened many.

The Anti-Defamation League says complaints about hateful acts against Jews have spiked significantly from 291 in the first quarter of 2016 to 541 so far this year.

New York City has seen a major increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes this year, the New York City Police Department reported.

Anti-Semitic hate crimes for the first two months of the year through Feb. 26 are up 94% compared to the same period last year, this is a 55% increase in hate crimes overall, NYPD officials said Wednesday, according to NBC News and DNAinfo New York.

By: Michael Schwartz


Dressed up as Nazis?

Nazi Cosplay: Taiwanese Students Dress up as Nazi Soldiers as Part of School Parade

A group of Taiwanese students stepped into worldwide infamy by parading around as Nazi soldiers at a cosplay event last Friday.

The incident happened during the annual celebration at Kuang Fu High School in the northern city of Hsinchu. History teacher Liu Hsi-cheng said his students voted to dress up as Nazis for the festivities, rejecting his own idea of an Arabic cosplay theme, reported Taiwan’s Apple Daily newspaper.

The students wore black Nazi uniforms with swastika armbands and waved Nazi flags. One even rode in a cardboard tank and performed the the Nazi salute. When photos of the parade were shared on the school’s Facebook page, as well as an online academic bulletin board, they went viral, and sparked outrage in Taiwan.

The posts were taken down and the school children apologized, later holding an educational day where they learned about the Holocaust.

Father Of Child Named Adolf Hitler Fights For Child Custody

Dressed in a Nazi uniform, Heath Campbell marched into a New Jersey courthouse to petition a family court judge to allow him to see his youngest son.

“I’m going to tell the judge, I love my children. I wanna be a father, let me be it,” Campbell told NBC 10 Monday before court proceedings. “Let me prove to the world that I am a good father.

Campbell named his children after nazis. Later, they were taken away by child social services for alleged abuse.

By: Michael Schwartz

The Last Trials

93-year-old Nazi Guard on Trial for His Role at Auschwitz

Oskar Groening was a member of the Waffen SS stationed at Auschwitz. Now he’s on trial in Germany, charged with being an accessory to mass murder. Mark Phillips reports on the case that’s been confirmed by an Auschwitz survivor.

Holocaust Survivor Forgives the ‘Book-Keeper of Auschwitz’

Eva Kor forgave Oskar Groening, the so-called bookkeeper of Auschwitz, in court ahead of his sentencing to four years in prison. She talks to BBC about her decision to forgive, and how she feels a non-custodial sentence would have been more beneficial.

By: Michael Schwartz


Trumps visit Holocaust Museum During Israel Visit

President Trump Visits Holocaust Museum Yad Vashem During Israel Visit

President Donald Trump’s visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial was a significant stop for all.  Speaking after a brief ceremony at the site, Trump said words can never describe the “bottomless depths” of the evil that led to the killing of 6 million Jews by the Nazis during World War II. Trump called the period “history’s darkest hour” and said the only way to “prevent this agony from repeating” is to never “be silent in the face of evil.”

By: Michael Schwartz

Holocaust Heroes Relate their Stories

What if the survivors of the concentration camp had had counseling?

Francine Christophe was deported with her mother to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944. Released the following year, she continues to share her experience and memories with the younger generation.

Man Who Saved 669 Kids During Holocaust Doesn’t Know They Are Seated Around Him

Seventy-six years ago, Nicholas Winton saved the lives of 669 Jewish children by arranging their transport out of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to the safety of Britain. He arranged for children to be evacuated from Prague and Vienna in order to enable them to begin a new life in Britain, however he kept quiet about these stories for much of his life. Winston passed away recently at the age of 106.

By: Michael Schwartz


Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day 2017: How can life go on?

A short film was created for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017, which challenges us to think how we can support those who face hostility today and together create a safer society.

‘Never Again.’ President Trump Acknowledged the 6 Million Jews Killed in the Holocaust

President Donald Trump declared “never again,” acknowledging the deaths of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust in a video.

“On Yom Hashoah, we look back at the darkest chapter of human history,” Trump said in a video that was played at a plenary assembly of the World Jewish Conference on Sunday in New York, referring to Holocaust Remembrance Day in Hebrew. “We mourn, we remember, we pray, and we pledge never again. I say it, never again.”

Thousands attend Holocaust memorial event in Auschwitz

Thousands of people from around the world, many of them young Israelis, paid homage Monday to the millions who perished in the Holocaust at the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz.

The event which is entitled “The March of the Living” is a two mile march from the original Auschwitz camp to Birkenau, a much larger death camp where Jews and Romanians were murdered in gas chambers in Poland.

Participants gathered under and near the main gate with the infamous sign “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Will Set You Free). The blowing of a shofar [a ram’s horn used for religious purposes] signaled the large group to begin the march in silence down the main street of Oswiecim, past fields and along the historic train tracks that once took people to their deaths at Birkenau.

 Why Do People Still Deny The Holocaust?

Recently several shocking Holocaust denial stories have come up in current events. The most shocking perhaps are ones at prestigious universities, where Holocaust denial leaflets have been handed out. The popular online retailer, Amazon is selling books by prominent Holocaust deniers,containing disturbing and heavily offensive material.

By: Michael Schwartz