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February 16, 1624: The First Jew to Settle in North America Buys Some Real...

On February 16, 1624, the name of Elias Legardo appeared in a registry of settlers of Virginia, in the present United States of America, who according to some historians would be the first Judeo-European...
Mainz Cathedral aerial panoramic view, located at the market square of Mainz city in Germany. Credit: saiko3p/Shutterstock.

Dozen-plus medieval Jewish headstones discovered inside wall in Germany

Construction works recently uncovered 18 Jewish gravestones from the Middle Ages that were built into a wall in the old town of Mainz, Germany. According to Germany’s Ministry of Culture, the gravestones were used in...

February 14, 1896: Theodor Herzl Published “The Jewish State” (Der Judenstaat)

Der Judenstaat (German, literally The Jews' State, commonly rendered as The Jewish State) is a pamphlet written by Theodor Herzl and published in February 1896 in Leipzig and Vienna by M. Breitenstein's Verlags-Buchhandlung. It...

February 11,1953: The USSR breaks off relations with Israel

The Soviet Union broke off diplomatic relations with Israel on this date in 1953, only one month after the “Doctors’ Plot” was announced in Moscow and only one month before Stalin died, probably from...
Prisoners in the concentration camp at Sachsenhausen, Germany, in December 1938. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Germany charges former Nazi concentration-camp guard with complicity in 3,518 murders

Prosecutors in Germany charged a former 100-year-old Nazi concentration-camp guard for involvement in the murder of 3,518 people. They told AFP on Monday that the man is accused of “knowingly and willingly” assisting in the murder of...

February 9, 1990: The demolition of the Berlin Wall began

Berlin Wall, German Berliner Mauer, barrier that surrounded West Berlin and prevented access to it from East Berlin and adjacent areas of East Germany during the period from 1961 to 1989. In the years...

February 2, 1943: The Battle of Stalingrad Ends

The Battle of Stalingrad was a brutal military campaign between Russian forces and those of Nazi Germany and the Axis powers during World War II. The battle is infamous as one of the largest,...
Wool fibers dyed with Royal Purple, dating to approximately 1,000 BCE, found in the Timna Valley in southern Israel. Photo by Dafna Gazit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

3,000-year-old fragments of cloth dyed with Royal Purple found in Israel

In a groundbreaking discovery, Israeli archaeologists have recovered scraps of fabric dyed in royal purple, also known as true purple, dating back to the era of the biblical King David. The remnants of woven fabric,...
Photo: Young Jewish Partisans in the forest, From Jewish Heritage Museum, New York.

The Jews who fought back during the Holocaust

This week, leaders from around the world commemorated those who perished at the hands of the Nazis during International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year, like most, there were statements recognizing and remembering those who...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Israel, Jan. 23, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

‘Never again’ is more than a slogan

Today, Jan. 27, the world marks the horrific murder of 6 million Jews—men, women, and children—by the Nazis and their helpers in the Holocaust. We remember the darkest chapter of human history, when a...