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January 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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In the U.S., and other nations, memorials stand as continual reminders of the horror of the Holocaust and the importance of confronting the evils that brought it about. The United Nations designated January 27...
January 27 is known as the International Day of Annual Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. Foto: NN

History lessons for every January 27

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Since 2005, January 27, has been known as the International Day of Annual Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. This date was established by the United Nations General Assembly to urge...

January 26, 1980: Israel & Egypt establish diplomatic relations

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Egypt and Israel normalized their relations on January 26, 1980, opening the borders of land, sea and air. One day after handing over the El-Arish line (Sinai) to the Government of Cairo. The Israeli Embassy...
These phylacteries were found in a bunker unearthed in the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto. Courtesy: Shem Olam Faith and the Holocaust Institute.

Hidden bunker discovered in Warsaw Ghetto

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A bunker containing 100-year-old tefillin (phylacteries) hidden from the Nazis in World War II has been discovered in the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto. In recent years, Polish authorities have begun to demolish buildings inside...
Women from the Cochin Jewish community perform on stage during a culture event at Bar-Ilan University. Photo by Victor Yitzhak, Cochin Jewish Heritage Center.

Meet the Cochin Jews: Israel’s oldest Indian community

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Whatever way you look at it, the Jewish community of Cochin is an ancient one. If you rely on traditional lore, the Jews of the city of Cochin in southwestern India can trace their roots...

January 22, 1943: The Warsaw Ghetto Underground

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The Jewish Fighting Organization of Warsaw (ZOB) issued the following proclamation about this date in 1943, following its first act of armed resistance (January 18th): “On January 22 1943, six months will have elapsed since...

January 20, 1496: Decree of Expulsion Issued for Portuguese Jews

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Following the death of King Joao of Portugal in 1494, his son King Manuel I ascended the throne. When his legitimacy as heir to the throne was challenged, Manuel wished to marry Princess Isabel...

The Kharkiv Yiddish literary world, 1920s‐mid‐1930s

The Kharkiv Yiddish literaryworld, 1920s ‐ mid ‐1930s Gennady Estraikh Associate Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hebrewand Jewish Studies Published online: 19 Jun 2008. Download PDF, click here. East European Jewish Affairs Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information:...

January 13,1976: The first reading machine capable of translated printed material into spoken words...

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The first reading machine capable of translated printed material into spoken words was unveiled on this date in 1976 by inventor Raymond Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind. Kurzweil, a pioneering scientist...

Holocaust museum to be inaugurated in Oporto, Portugal

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Oporto, the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon, plans to inaugurate a new Holocaust museum. It will be the city’s first museum of this kind. Oporto Jewish community president Dias Ben-Zion and the mayor of...