Category: BUZZ

Antisemitism Caught on Camera

Social Experiment: Watch what happens when a Jewish man walks around Paris for 10 hours
NRJ journalist Zvika Klein set up a test to see and show what real life is like for Jews in Paris. He walked for ten hours in the streets wearing his Kippah (yarmulkah) while being filmed with hidden cameras. Take a look.

Anti Semitism on the streets of Britian as Jewish journalist is abused

‘You Jew’ was the anti-Semitic slur which came from a passing car. My shaken wife tried to explain it away to my seven-year-old daughter as a very large sneeze. They were simply playing in a local park in Manchester a few weeks ago when the incident ripped through what should have been a peaceful and wholesome time for any mother and child. ‘Fight the Jewish scum’ and ‘Jew, Jew, Jew… Run’, were the more vicious threats hurled at me in the past few days, however, when I decided to secretly film and find out whether ‘Jew-hatred’ really is alive and kicking on British streets, I was appalled.

By: Michael Schwartz


U.S. Special Envoy Elected to Combat Antisemitism

Special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism

Since President Donald Trump was elected to the presidency last January, the position for the Special Envoy aimed to monitor and combat Antisemitism has not yet been filled.

Dozens of lawmakers and religious leaders in the U.S. urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to nominate an envoy, after reports indicated the position would be left empty in July and might be eliminated altogether.

The Special Envoy aims to monitor antisemitic incidents, document the cases in various State departments abroad, and represents and advises international organizations. The special envoy combats Antisemitism and incitement, as well as helped establish the State Department’s working definition of antisemitism. The position was first created under the Global Antisemitic Review Act of 2004.

By: Michael Schwartz



Losing Sight of the Holocaust

Holocaust Beach Party in California (Social Experiment)

As a social experiment, media analyst Mark Dice asks California beach goers to sign a petition to prevent the Holocaust Beach Party from being canceled due to budget cuts, calling the Holocaust a “Jewish festival” to see if people are so out of touch with reality that they don’t understand or remember what the Holocaust was.

Why is Holocaust Education Relevant?

Educating other about the Holocaust can be overwhelming. How can we provide a meaningful learning experience for students in a limited amount of time? What is an effective approach to making learning about the Holocaust relevant and meaningful to students in today?

Ryerson University Students Oppose Holocaust Education Week

by: Michael Schwartz

Taking a Stand Against Antisemitism!

Martin Luther King on Antisemitism and Bigotry towards Catholics

In the video, a Christian preacher speaks out about bigotry towards Jews and Catholics.

“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 last 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 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