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Remembering two forgotten heroes: Ben Hecht and Peter Bergson

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On Nov. 25, 1942, a five-paragraph article, buried on page 10 of The New York Times, confirmed the deaths at that time of 2 million Jews in Nazi-controlled Europe and warned of the perilous plight...

November 20, 1945: Nuremberg Trials Begin

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On this day in 1945, 24 high-ranking Nazis go on trial before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany, for atrocities committed during World War II.The Nuremberg Trials...

November 12, 1787: Jews acquire family names

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In a decree promulgated on this date in 1787, Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II ordered all Jews in the Hapsburg Empire to acquire family names. The decree came five years after the Edict of...
Jimmy Weldon. Source: Screenshot.

Jimmy Weldon, a liberator of Buchenwald, has a lot to say on life

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Jimmy Weldon, 97, is a voice actor and ventriloquist known for portraying Yakky Doodle and other Hanna-Barbera characters on “The Yogi Bear Show.” He was also once a soldier. Serving with the combat engineers...
A store damaged during Kristallnacht. Photo: German Federal Archives via Wikimedia Commons

November 9/10, 1938: Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass”

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November 9 marks the anniversary of Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass,” a major milestone in the persecution of Jews under the Third Reich and an unusually important event which took place in full...

Grave of Samuel Cohen, composer of Hatikvah is restored

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Shmuel Cohen, or Sam Cohen to us less Yiddish aware, is a relatively common Jewish name.  There are 708 Sam Cohens in just California and New York alone.  There is only one Shmuel Cohen...
A security guard stands in the empty Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem on April 19, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Knowledge is power against hate: Online course designed to set Holocaust record straight

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Anyone who still believes that ignorance is bliss hasn’t seen how easily it can be turned into hate. Nov. 9 will mark 82 years since Kristallnacht, “the Night of Broken Glass.” A night when authorities...
An international campaign titled “Let There Be Light” is inviting individuals, institutions and houses of worship worldwide to keep their lights on during the night of Nov. 9, 2020. Credit: Courtesy.

March of the Living launches global interfaith initiative to commemorate Kristallnacht

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A two-day pogrom began on Nov. 9, 1938, during which the Nazis burned more than 1,400 synagogues and Jewish institutions in Germany and Austria. Indeed, Kristallnacht (“The Night of Broken Glass”) was a critical...

November 2, 1917: Balfour Declaration letter written

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On November 2, 1917, Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour writes an important letter to Britain’s most illustrious Jewish citizen, Baron Lionel Walter Rothschild, expressing the British government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The...
This 2,000-year-old gem seal bearing the image of Apollo was found in earth excavated from the foundations of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo by Eliyahu Yanai-City of David.

2,000-year old seal bearing portrait of Apollo unearthed in soil around Western Wall

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A 2,000-year-old gem seal (intaglio) bearing the portrait of the Greek god Apollo has been unearthed in soil removed from the foundation of Jerusalem’s Western Wall during the Tzurim Valley National Park sifting project,...