Tag: Holocaust

Holocaust Comparisons Are Muddying the Immigration Debate

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaking in Scranton, Pennsylvania, June 15, 2018. (Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Let me start by stating what should be obvious: Holocaust comparisons are lazy and more often than not hysterical. They diminish Nazism and genocide by making them synonyms for “very bad things.” You may regard the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance stance at the border, and its policy of separating parents and children, as inhumane and…

A Child Holocaust Survivor Will Retrace His Escape Route By Bicycle

(JTA) — Paul Alexander, a former child refugee from Nazi Germany, is embarking on a bike trip that will retrace his original journey to freedom, paying tribute to the Kindertransport effort that saved him and thousands of other Jewish children 80 years ago.

Now 81, Alexander was a toddler when his mother handed him to a volunteer nurse on a train leaving Nazi Germany in 1938.

“I did this journey 79 years ago when I came out from…

New Jersey Man, 92, a Holocaust Survivor, Fulfills Dream of Moving to Israel

Jack Nasielski, 92, fulfills a 71-year-long dream of making aliyah on June 13, 2018. (Courtesy Nefesh B’Nefesh)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A 92-year-old New Jersey man fulfilled his dream of moving to Israel 71 years after he arrived in New York as a refugee from the Holocaust.

Jack Nasielski, of Edison, arrived Tuesday at Ben Gurion Airport on a Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah flight in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah & Integration, the Jewish Agency, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel and…

Pope Francis: ‘Never Forget the Shoah’

(JTA) — Pope Francis called on his emissaries and followers to never forget the Holocaust.

“The memory of the Shoah and its atrocious violence must never be forgotten,” the pope said in a message through the Vatican’s secretary of state in Berlin to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Neocatechumenal Way. “It should be a constant warning for all of us of an obligation to reconciliation, of reciprocal comprehension and love toward our ‘elder brothers,’ the Jews.”

The Neocatechumenal Way is one of the Catholic Church’s biggest and most controversial missionary movements. The movement, founded in Spain in the 1960s,…

Kansas Teacher Honored in Warsaw For Bringing Holocaust Hero Irena Sendler’s Story to Light

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – A Kansas teacher who with his students brought the story of Holocaust hero Irena Sendler to light was honored in Poland.

Norman Conard was presented with the 2018 Irena Sendler Memorial Award in Warsaw’s Royal Castle on Monday by the Polish minister of culture, Piotr Gliński, and Tad Taube, the founder of the Taube Philanthropies foundation based in San Francisco. Conard is the first American to receive the award since its launch in 2008.

Poland has designated 2018 the Year of Irena Sendler to mark the 10th anniversary of her death at 98.

Sendler, a Polish…