Florida woman who stole nearly $3 million from Holocaust survivor gets over 4 years in prison
A Florida woman who drained an 87-year-old Holocaust survivor's life savings by posing as a love interest and then lived lavishly off the $2.8 million she got has been sentenced to over four years in prison.
Rio Holocaust Memorial remembers Jewish victims - and others
Rio de Janeiro has opened the doors to a Holocaust Memorial that honors not only Jewish victims, but also lesser-known groups likewise persecuted by the Nazi regime, including artists, anarchists, masons, Roma people, Jehovah’s Witnesses, gay people and the disabled.
UN approves resolution condemning denial of Nazi Holocaust
The U_N_ General Assembly has approved an Israeli-sponsored resolution condemning any denial of the Holocaust and urging all nations and social media companies “to take active measures to combat antisemitism and Holocaust denial or distortion.”.
State-of-the-art technology at NSU makes it possible to have virtual conversations with Holocaust survivors
Nowhere in the state can you experience a museum like the one that is on the campus of Nova Southeastern University. At the Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center inside the Alvin Sherman Library on the university’s campus, stories of Holocaust and genocide survivors are well documented.
Vandals target Holocaust survivor in Hallandale Beach, family says
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Hallandale Beach police are investigating who spray painted swastika symbols on a car parked at a condominium that belongs to a Holocaust survivor. The car was parked at the Hemispheres Condominium on South Ocean Drive. The family is hoping that there may be video footage of the incident captured on building security surveillance in an effort to find out who spray painted the car. The vandalism happened on the eve before the first night of Passover, one of the Jewish religion’s most sacred and widely observed holidays. The swastika, an ancient symbol, was adopted by Adolf Hitler early in the 20th century and turned into a symbol of hatred, according to ADL, an anti-hate organization.
Florida homebound seniors have new way to request COVID-19 vaccine
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The state of Florida has sent out strike teams to vaccinate homebound senior citizens in many categories, from Holocaust survivors to war veterans. Those homebound seniors can now send an email to the state to request a COVID-19 vaccine. Ron DeSantis announced that new option Thursday, saying the state has vaccinated over 1,500 homebound seniors to date. AdTo date, more than 1,500 homebound seniors have been vaccinated by state strike teams. Today, the state is launching a new way for homebound seniors to sign up to have the vaccine come directly to them.
Italy: Holocaust survivor's plug for vaccine sparks hatred
Segre's efforts to encourage other older adults to receive the anti-COVID-19 vaccine as she did have triggered a wave of anti-Semitic comments and other invective on social media. (Yara Nardi/pool photo via AP, file)ROME – An Italian Holocaust survivor’s attempt to encourage other older adults to receive the anti-COVID-19 vaccine has triggered a wave of anti-Semitic comments and other invective on social media. Liliana Segre, 90, received the first of the two-shot vaccine series in Milan on Thursday. She urged people who reach her age “to not be afraid and to take the vaccine.”“I’m not afraid of the vaccine, I’m afraid of the illness," Segre remarked. Segre was one of the few Italian children to survive deportation to a Nazi death camp.
Holocaust scholars ordered to apologize in Polish libel case
The case was watched as a test case for the future of independent Holocaust research in Poland. The case has been closely watched because it was expected to set a precedent in the field of Holocaust research. AdAt stake in the case was Polish national pride, according to the plaintiffs, and according to the defendants, the future independent research into an extremely sensitive issue. Grabowski, a Polish-Canadian history professor at the University of Ottawa, and Engelking, founder and director of the Polish Center for Holocaust Research in Warsaw, are among Poland's most prominent Holocaust researchers. AdThe libel case has raised concerns internationally because it comes amid a broader state-backed historical offensive that critics say largely whitewashes wrongdoing by Poles.
South Florida woman first to get COVID-19 vaccine in state program for Holocaust survivors
She is the first of thousands of survivors who will be getting a COVID-19 vaccination without leaving their home as part of the new program. DeSantis has been making the rounds this week to show people what the state is doing to get more vaccinations into more arms. “We worked with some of the Holocaust groups, remembrance groups, and Jewish groups, and identified a bunch of folks in southeast Florida and we will be doing hundreds of Holocaust survivors over the next few days,” DeSantis said. AdRodan told her story about her brother being killed in a gas chamber at the age of 3. She received her first dose at the Hard Rock Stadium state-run facility and shared that she waited five hours to get the shot.
Future of Holocaust research in Poland hinges on libel case
It is the first closely watched Holocaust speech case since Poland sought to pass a law in 2018 that would have criminalized the act of falsely blaming Poland for Germany’s Holocaust crimes. The current case is instead a civil libel case tried under a pre-existing law, yet many scholars believe it will set an important precedent for freedom of Holocaust research. “This is a case of the Polish state against freedom of research,” Grabowski told The Associated Press on Monday. Grabowski, a Polish-Canadian whose father was a Polish Holocaust survivor, has faced considerable anti-Semitic harassment by nationalists, both online and at lectures in Canada, France and elsewhere. Maciej Swirski, the head of the organization, said no public money was used to fund the legal case.
A look at COVID-19 vaccines already in use, or getting close
While a few have already hit the market, there are still dozens of coronavirus vaccines in development around the globe. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)While a few have already hit the market, there are still dozens of coronavirus vaccines in development around the globe. Among those furthest along:Pfizer: Developed with BioNTech; authorized by the U.S., U.K, European Union, the World Health Organization and elsewhere. Moderna: Developed with the U.S. National Institutes of Health; authorized by the U.S., U.K., European Union, the World Health Organization and elsewhere. AdAstraZeneca: Developed with Oxford University; authorized by more than 40 countries, including Britain, India, Argentina, Mexico and the European Union.
Kate, Prince Charles pay tribute to Holocaust survivors
In this photo released by Kensington Palace on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge smiles during a video call with Manfred Goldberg, right, and Zigi Shipper, as she spoke with Holocaust survivors and youth ambassadors from the Holocaust Educational Trust to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. (Kensington Palace via AP)LONDON – Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has praised Holocaust survivors for their inspirational work educating the next generation about the Nazi regime, as Prince Charles and other British public figures paid tributes to mark Holocaust Memorial Day Wednesday. She first met the men in 2017 when she and her husband, Prince William, visited a former Nazi concentration camp built in occupied Poland. Shipper told the duchess that after he was transported to Auschwitz he witnessed babies being shot when their mothers refused to be separated from them. Prince Charles urged people to remember the Holocaust and “be the light that ensures the darkness can never return.”National monuments across Britain, including Wembley Stadium and Cardiff Castle, will be bathed in purple light Wednesday evening to mark the memorial day.
'We owe this to them': Shoah survivors in vaccine spotlight
“We owe this to them,” said Erika Jakubovits, who organized the capital vaccination drive for the Jewish Community of Vienna. In a similar project to that in Vienna, the Jewish community of Bratislava in Slovakia also vaccinated Holocaust survivors on Wednesday. Because Israel's vaccination campaign has moved so quickly, officials said there was no need to single out Holocaust survivors. Still, about 900 Holocaust survivors died of COVID-19 in Israel last year before vaccines were available and about 5,300 survivors were infected, according to Israel's national statistics office. With World War II having ended more than three-quarters of a century ago, the world’s approximately 240,000 Holocaust survivors are all elderly.
Auschwitz survivors mark anniversary online amid pandemic
Most observances were held online, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and only few people attended the ceremony at the monument. In Israel, some 900 Holocaust survivors died from COVID-19 out of 5,300 who were infected last year. Israel, which counts 197,000 Holocaust survivors, officially marks its Holocaust remembrance day in the spring. Meanwhile, Luxembourg signed a deal agreeing to pay reparations and to restitute dormant bank accounts, insurance policies and looted art to Holocaust survivors. Of the 6 million Jewish victims, some 1.5 million were children, and this year's commemorations included a special focus on them.