shoah visual history foundation gets new team

New Shoah Foundation Institute Team
By Susan Andrews on June 9, 2009 9:30 AM

Howard Gillman, dean of USC College, has appointed a new leadership team for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

Stephen Smith will become the new executive director of the institute effective Aug. 15. Kim Simon, who served as interim executive director this past year, will become the new managing director.

WASHPOST: Notoriety's Missing Links Online Files Scrubbed After Museum Shooting

By Monica Hesse
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 12, 2009

Shortly after authorities identified their suspect in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting Wednesday, the world began searching for traces of James W. von Brunn online. Those who Googled immediately were able to find him: a personal Web site claiming Jewish “conspiracies,” diatribes posted on message boards. But those who started their hunt just a few hours later would have found only empty holes — information that was scrubbed away as Web sites figured out how to address the fact that they had once hosted the words of an accused murderer.



Wrestling with God
By Haggai Hitron

Leonard Bernstein’s symphony “Kaddish” will be performed tonight in Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem plaza, commemorating the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto. In addition, Dr. Samuel Pisar, a Holocaust survivor and jurist who became an influential adviser to American leaders, will recite his poem, “A Dialogue with God.” His narration will be done on the backdrop of the symphony, performed by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tel Aviv Chamber Choir, with a soprano soloist. The Yad Vashem Holocaust Authroity’s chairman, Avner Shalev, will stress in his opening remarks that “even here in the Jerusalem hills, the sounds of a personal, national and universal Kaddish will be heard.”

Hundreds of Holocaust survivors have been invited to attend the event, sponsored by Lily Safra, chairwoman of the Edmund J. Safra Fund, in conjunction with the Center for Holocaust Survivors in Israel.



Canadian effort will study, educate about Shoah
June 1, 2009

TORONTO (JTA) — Canada will contribute nearly $1 million to a three-year national effort to study and educate Canadians about the Holocaust.

The government will partner with B’nai Brith Canada to invest in the newly-formed National Task Force on Holocaust Research, Remembrance and Education.

The announcement came Monday from Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, who addressed a two-day conference on lessons learned from the ill-fated voyage of the St. Louis.

The famous ship sailed from Hamburg in 1939 loaded with Jewish refugees from Hitler’s Europe. The ship was forced to return to Europe, and many of the passengers perished in the Holocaust. The conference, dubbed “The St. Louis Era: Looking Back, Moving Forward,” marks the 70th anniversary of Canada’s refusal to let the passengers disembark.

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NYTIMES: using DNA to track holocaust survivors

by Stuart Ain
Published: May 15, 2009

FOR years, Allen Rosenberg, a real estate developer from Hewlett Bay Park, has had a nagging thought: What if a first or second cousin survived the Holocaust and he didn

The Nazi War Criminal and Jesus: Patrick Buchanan's Obscene Comparison


Let us assume for a moment that an American public figure were to call Jesus Christ a Nazi war criminal. Can’t you just hear the outcry, the denunciations from Church leaders and conservative Republicans? Let us assume further that the miscreant in question was a prominent television personality who regularly comments on the events of the day. How long do you think he’d last? The Catholic League would be picketing outside the studio. Rudy Giuliani would return from his political Siberia to organize a boycott. Heads would roll.

Well, this is pretty much what Patrick Buchanan did. The MSNBC political analyst and erstwhile reactionary candidate for the Republican presidential nomination has compared Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk, who is about be deported to Germany to stand trial for his role in the murder of 29,000 Jews at the Sobibor death camp, to Jesus.



Voice of America: Obama and Days of Remembrance Ceremony


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NJ Standard: Putting it in writing, suvivors leave a legacy

by Anna Gottlieb

Until 1990,