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Colorado returns to Dachau

Colorado returns to Dachau

And the heavens wept: German chancellor, liberators and survivors gather at Dachau on the 70th anniversary of its liberation.

MUNICH — Hundreds gathered on a grey, rainy day to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in 1945.

The overcast weather suited the somber occasion, marking an event that was paradoxically a collective nadir and zenith in human history.

Among the speakers were a liberator, three Dachau survivors and Germany’s head of government, Chancellor Angela Merkel. It was the first time a sitting chancellor attended the official commemoration ceremony there.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2015 18:23 )

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Jewish groups rush to aid Nepalese

Jewish groups rush to aid NepaleseNEW YORK — Almost as soon as news of Nepal’s devastating earthquake reached the wider world, Jewish aid groups began mobilizing humanitarian efforts to help the victims. In Israel, that meant dispatching first responders to Nepal; in America, it mostly meant raising and allocating money. How is the Jewish aid being deployed in Nepal? Israel

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 May 2015 13:01 )

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Survivors’ children gather at Bergen-Belsen

Survivors’ children gather at Bergen-BelsenHANOVER, Germany — Seventy years after the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp by British troops, some 100 people personally touched by the history returned to the site to share their memories and warn against forgetting. Among them were children born at a displaced persons camp for survivors less than two miles from the camp. Survivors who recovered started new families. In fact, an estimated 2,000 children were born at the DP camp — the largest in postwar Germany — befor...
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Ambassador to Poland apologizes for FBI comments

Ambassador to Poland apologizes for FBI commentsThe US ambassador to Poland apologized for the FBI director’s comments about Poles being accomplices in the Holocaust. Stephen Mull said Monday, April 20, that FBI director James Comey was not speaking for the US government when he accused Poles and Hungarians of complicity in Nazi atrocities during a speech April 14 at a benefit for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Fox News reported. Comey’s speech was published April 16 in the Washington Post with the headline “Why I require FBI agent...
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ZAKA aids Germanwings rescue

ZAKA aids Germanwings rescueA delegation of eight ZAKA international rescue unit volunteers flew in the early hours of Monday morning to assist in the search and recovery mission at the site of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps. ZAKA volunteers will offer their extensive experience and expertise in international search and recovery missions to the local search teams. The team was led by ZAKA international rescue unit head, Mati Goldstein, and ZAKA international rescue unit chief of operations, Chaim Weingart...
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