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Polish heroism during World War II

After the fall of Poland at the start of World War II, some Polish diplomatic offices in other countries remained open. In Bern, Switzerland, ambassador Aleksander Ładoś and his two principal aides, Stefan Ryniewicz...
Stamps used by Nazi Germany to tattoo numbers on Jewish prisoners' arms during the Second World War. Photo: Yehonatan Shaul.

Jewish leaders, Holocaust survivors livid over auction of Nazi prisoner stamps

Jewish leaders and Holocaust survivors expressed outrage Monday after an auction house in Jerusalem offered for sale a set of needle stamps used by Nazis during World War II to tattoo numbers on the...
A performance of Neely Bruce’s oratorio, “Circular 14: The Apotheosis of Aristides,” named after Aristides de Sousa Mendes's issuing of thousands of lifesaving visas to Jewish and non-Jewish refugees against the Portuguese government’s “Circular 14,” which made it illegal for Holocaust refugees to pass through Portugal. Credit: Courtesy of the Sousa Mendes Foundation.

Portugal honors diplomat who saved Jews from Nazis

Portugal honored Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a former diplomat for the country, who helped save thousands of Jews from the Nazis during World War II. “People who at the decisive moment put their and their...
The Bahraini delegation at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, October 2021. Photo by Josh Hasten.

In eight-day trip, Bahraini influencers see reality, and warmth, that is Israel

A group of nine Muslim Bahraini high-level influencers arrived in Israel this week for an eight-day tour throughout the country organized by the Sharaka organization. Sharaka, which means “partnership,” in Arabic is dedicated to utilizing...
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80 years since Babi Yar: Making sure the Holocaust is not forgotten

When my father was 6 months old, my grandparents put him in a burlap sack and smuggled him out of Ukraine as they fled the pogroms of 1921. Their destination was Poland, which they...
Dani Dayan during a visit to the Oz Vegaon nature reserve in Gush Etzion, Feb. 28, 2021. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90.

Dani Dayan appointed chair of Yad Vashem, meets with Holocaust-survivor staff

The Israeli government on Sunday confirmed the appointment of Israel’s former Consul General in New York Dani Dayan as the new chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate. Dayan, 65, served as Israel’s consul general in New York...
In Kaunas, Lithuania, a football match between HaKoach Vienna and the local Maccabi team, on Jan. 8, 1925. Credit: Yad Vashem Photo Archives.

Yad Vashem marks Olympics with online exhibitions of Jewish, non-Jewish athletes

Gymnast Estella Agsteribbe was one of five Jewish women to participate in the Olympic Games in Amsterdam in 1928. She was a trailblazer not only as a Jewish athlete, but as one of the first women...
Jerusalemites stand for two minutes of silence as the siren sounds across Israel to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 8, 2021. Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israel bows in memory of the 6 million annihilated in the Holocaust

A two-minute siren wailed across Israel on Thursday, as the country stood still to commemorate the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Holocaust Remembrance Day events got underway on Wednesday evening at a...
German SS lead blindfolded Polish prisoners to an execution site near Warsaw. Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Yad Vashem ‘deeply disturbed’ by Polish court verdict in Holocaust libel case

Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center said on Thursday that it was “deeply disturbed” by the implications of a Polish court’s recent ruling in a libel case involving the alleged wartime actions of Edward...
The Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum. Photo by Danya Belkin.

Ten of the most beautiful buildings in Jerusalem

Jerusalem is full of beautiful buildings—everywhere you walk, both old and new, religious and secular, ancient and modern. While everyone has favorites, ISRAEL21c chose these 10 to best represent a variety of unique structures from different eras. The...