May 26, 1991 |
At 2 months old, what could she know? What could she know of being Jewish or of Nazi hate? Or of her mother's torment when she gave her up in order to save her? Her father already had been killed, and days later, her mother was rounded up, packed into a cattle car and shipped to the death camp at Auschwitz. The childless Catholic couple who took Miriam Rakowski into their Brussels home in 1943 gave her love, safety, comfort. Snapshots show a smiling, chubby little girl. She remembers it that way, too: Five dogs in the house, two cats.
June 4, 2013 |
In penning a song about the Holocaust, Eliza Azzarano, Alexandra Silvestri, Alna Hofmeyr, and Julianne Puckette couldn't draw from experience. But the eighth graders at Radnor Middle School found a connection in a Jewish girl who - though generations removed - wasn't far from their age: Anne Frank. "We kind of were inspired by how she was locked up for so long," Azzarano said, "and how she wanted to be free. " With Radnor eighth grader Ben Webster, the girls wrote "The Last Butterfly," a song with music composed by Hofmeyr that imagines the experience of the last Holocaust survivor.
January 29, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Trudy Klein Gompers was 18 months old in 1938, when her parents spirited her out of Vienna just ahead of Kristallnacht - the night of violence widely seen as a turning point in the Nazi persecution of Jews in Europe. She and her family spent two years in a British internment camp, and several more in London before making their way to New York. Her grandparents were not as fortunate: They were deported and eventually killed in a concentration camp. Gompers joined more than three dozen Holocaust survivors Monday at the state Capitol, where lawmakers are grappling with a sensitive issue: Should learning about the Holocaust be mandatory for Pennsylvania students?
May 25, 2009 |
The Rev. Franklin H. Littell, 91, of Merion Station, a Methodist minister widely acknowledged as the father of modern Holocaust studies in America, died Saturday at home after a long illness. Mr. Littell dedicated his life to Holocaust research after spending nearly 10 years in postwar Germany as chief Protestant religious adviser in the U.S. high command. He was the first American scholar to offer courses on Holocaust and genocide studies, and at Temple University he established the nation's first doctoral program on Holocaust studies in 1976.
April 29, 2005 |
Holocaust survivor Charles Wolf, 81, who settled in Northeast Philadelphia and worked as a cabinetmaker, died of colon cancer Tuesday at Nazareth Hospital. Mr. Wolf was one of eight children born to Dov and Rivkah Wolfowitz in Czestochowa, Poland. Mr. Wolf and his brother Morris were the only two in their family to survive the Holocaust. The brothers were working as slave laborers in a munitions factory near Czestochowa when they were rounded up and transported to the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.
December 8, 2000 |
The editor of the Temple University newspaper said yesterday the Temple News has revised its advertising policy in hopes of avoiding the publication of controversial ads like the one earlier this month that was criticized by the Anti-Defamation League. The ad, which ran in the weekly paper on Nov. 9, denied that the Holocaust ever took place, and promoted a Web site that questions the occurrence of the Holocaust. The organization that paid for the ad was the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust, and the ad has run in several college papers in recent years, according to Temple News editor Jill Waldbieser.
July 16, 1987 |
Some people get upset because Jews keep remembering the Holocaust. The real problem is that we Christians keep forgetting. Some people deplore the disappointment shown by Jews when Pope John Paul II recently welcomed Kurt Waldheim, the president of Austria, to the Vatican City in Rome. But too often we forget that Waldheim has been excluded by the Justice Department from entering our own country because of his involvement as a Nazi officer in the genocide of Jews in Yugoslavia.
April 22, 1990 |
When Deann Comer teaches her students about the slaughter of millions during the Holocaust, the children ask questions that remain troubling more than 40 years after the end of World War II. Why were children killed? Why didn't somebody help? Why are some people evil? "It is a very scary subject to teach," said Comer, a fourth-grade teacher at Glenside-Weldon Elementary School in Abington. "It's difficult to expose children to the full horror of what took place. " Comer and a committee of four other Glenside-Weldon teachers tackled the difficult task three years ago of formulating lesson plans to teach fourth, fifth and sixth graders about the state-sponsored slaughter of six million Jews and millions of other victims of Nazism during World War II. The program that began as part of Glenside-Weldon's model school project will now become part of the Abington school district curriculum.
March 1, 2013 |
Joan Rivers has refused to apologize for making a Holocaust joke Monday on her E! show, Fashion Police , that has Jewish leaders up in arms. "The last time a German looked this hot," Rivers, 79, said of German-born model Heidi Klum 's tight gold Oscar-night dress, "was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens. " Rivers doubled over laughing while her fellow E! journos looked uncomfortably at her. The Anti-Defamation League has asked Rivers to issue a formal apology, calling her remark "vulgar and offensive to Jews and Holocaust survivors, and indeed to all Americans.
August 25, 1987 |
The Pope has addressed the president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, citing the Holocaust as the grimmest recent experience of national godlessness. He has done so in a letter of striking impact, marred only by the timing. When the Pope consented to an interview with Kurt Waldheim a few weeks ago, his doing so was offensive not only to Jews but to others who have developed a contempt for Waldheim based in part on his having concealed what he did during the war years, and in part on what it is alleged he actually did during the war years.