Category Archive: Nazis

Dov Hikind Launches Campaign Against ‘Nazi Neighbors’

Seeks To Bring War Criminals to Justice
A new campaign launched by New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind calls for Nazi war criminals living in the United States to be brought to justice. “Would you be a Nazi’s neighbor?”, the ad asks.
The Brooklyn assemblyman, a son of survivors, said that he is committed to pursuing Nazis living in the United States. The provocative posters are part of Hikind’s #NoNazisInUS campaign. His site alleges that some Nazis have already been identified by the U.S. Justice Department.

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The Jewish Woman Who Was the Liaison Between the Nazis and American Rescue Groups

In 1941, Gertrude van Tijn traveled to Lisbon in a last-ditch effort to save Europe’s Jews from annihilation. She was already too late.

Gertrude van Tijn in her office at the Jewish Council, Amsterdam, 1942. (Courtesy of the Collection of the Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam)

Gertrude van Tijn in her office at the Jewish Council, Amsterdam, 1942. (Courtesy of the Collection of the Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam)

One morning in May 1941 Gertrude van Tijn—a middle-aged Jewish woman bearing a Dutch passport—arrived at Lisbon airport after an adventurous journey from Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.

The Portuguese capital at that time was a place of strange incongruities and topsy-turvy values: an island of peace in a continent at war, the seat of government of an authoritarian police state that boasted of being Britain’s “oldest ally,” and a magnet for international intrigue. The city was also the main embarkation point for refugees from Nazi-dominated Europe seeking desperately to secure passages to the Western Hemisphere.
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Auschwitz metal stamps used by Nazis for tattooing discovered in Poland

Auschwitz metal stamps with embedded needles, which were used by Nazis to tattoo inmates, have been discovered in Poland in ‘one of the most important finds in years’

Discovered metal stamps, with a-few-millimetre-long needles, used for tattooing KL Auschwitz prisoners Photo: EPA

Discovered metal stamps, with a-few-millimetre-long needles, used for tattooing KL Auschwitz prisoners Photo: EPA

Metal stamps with embedded needles that the SS once used to tattoo inmates at the notorious Nazi death camp at Auschwitz have been discovered in Poland.
The find has been hailed by the Auschwitz museum, which now stands on the site of the camp, as one “of the most significant in years” as it was thought no original tattooing equipment survived the war.
SS soldiers used the small stamps, consisting of a two, two threes and a six or a nine, to tattoo inmates as they were processed on their arrival at the camp in German-occupied Poland.
Some prisoners got the tattoo on the chest but most were tattooed on their arms, and the numbers became a hallmark of Auschwitz’s inhumanity.
“This is one of the most important finds in years,” said Piotr Cywinski, director of the Auschwitz museum. “We never believed that we would get the original tools for tattooing prisoners after such a long time.
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Three suspected former Auschwitz guards arrested in Germany

Home raids across three states result in arrests of men suspected of having participated in murders at death camp
Germany has arrested three men suspected of being former SS guards at the Auschwitz death camp in a series of home raids across three states, prosecutors said on Thursday.

The three men remanded in custody on Wednesday were aged 88, 92 and 94 and lived in the south-western state of Baden-Württemberg, said prosecutors in the city of Stuttgart.

They are suspected of having participated in murders at the Nazis’ extermination camp in occupied Poland, where more than 1 million people were killed in the second world war.

The three elderly men underwent medical tests and then faced a judge who confirmed their fitness to be detained in a prison hospital, prosecutors said in a statement.

Further home raids were carried out at three more locations in the state, as well as at other homes in the western states of Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia.

Former Auschwitz medic arrested in Germany

93-year-old held on charges of aiding and abetting mass murder of prisoners at Nazi death camp

Agence France-Press, Tuesday 18 March 2014 13.22 EDT

Agence France-Press, Tuesday 18 March 2014 13.22 EDT

German police have arrested a former Nazi medic who served at the Auschwitz death camp on multiple charges of aiding and abetting murder.

The 93-year-old, who was arrested at his home near Neubrandenburg, north of Berlin, underwent a medical checkup before he faced a judge and was then taken into pre-trial detention.

The former SS member allegedly assisted in the mass murder of prisoners who arrived on eight transports from Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovenia in September 1944.

Of the arrivals, 1,721 were killed in gas chambers after they were deemed unfit for forced labour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Oswiecim, southern Poland, prosecutors said.

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Report: Germany to improve pensions for former Jewish ghetto laborers

Germany’s Ministry for Employment and Social Affairs is planning to amend legislation which would allow thousands of Jews who worked in ghettos during World War II to draw a better pension.
worldjewishcongressA proposal to improve the current law on such pensions was presented to an Israeli delegation in Berlin some two weeks ago by State Secretary Jörg Asmussen, the magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ reported Monday. A law introduced in 2002 allowed Jews who worked in the Nazi-era ghettos to claim a pension from Germany but only if they had worked “voluntarily” and “in return for remuneration”. Jews who were forced to work in the ghettos at the time were subject to a separate compensation scheme.

However, former ghetto workers who applied for a pension after 1997 were only legally entitled to retroactive payments going back four years, a stipulation the German government now wants to change to grant all claimants the same pension rights dating back to 1997, ‘Der Spiegel’ reported.
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Berlin: World Jewish Congress head urges Germany to return Nazi-looted art

Germany should introduce a law specifically aimed at facilitating the return of Nazi-looted art, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder told a packed audience at the Documentation Center ‘Topographie des Terrors’ in Berlin on Thursday, following his meetings with senior German government ministers.

President Ronald S. LauderLauder was the keynote speaker at an event hosted by Andreas Nachama, the director of the Documentation Center, and Julius H. Schoeps, the head of the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European and Jewish Studies at Potsdam University.
Lauder said there were still thousands of artworks in the hands of individuals and museums that were stolen from Jews by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. He added that Germany was not legally equipped to handle such cases. “One of the main reasons that these problems still exist is that there is no law in Germany that addresses the restitution of looted art,” Lauder to the audience, which included a number of experts in the field, among them Ingeborg Berggreen-Merkel, the head of the Gurlitt Task Force, and Jutta Limbach, chair of the Limbach Commission which gives non-binding recommendations on the issue of looted art.

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Nazi Symbols Seller Ordered To Take Holocaust Course

Argentinian Court Also Requires Community Service



A Buenos Aires city court is requiring a vendor of Nazi souvenirs and symbols to perform community service and take a course about the Holocaust. City prosecutor Gustavo Galante collected evidence in the case with the help of the Anti-Discriminatory Division of the Federal Police. The seller, who has not been publicly named, sold Nazi souvenirs and symbols in Argentina and abroad. They were offered in Argentinean currency as well as in dollars and euros. Judge Fernanda Botana made his ruling following a plea agreement struck with the sellers’ lawyers.
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