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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Failure to stand up for the truth, suggests not an open mind but an empty one

A man named Josef Buzhminski told this story at the trial of Adolf Eichmann. It happened on July 27, 1942, at the fence of the Jewish ghetto in Przemysl, Poland. …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

Holocaust survivor recalls horrors of Auschwitz in Spokane Convention Center speech

It was a night in May 1944 in Poland and Irving Roth shuffled off the train with his grandparents, aunt, uncle, cousins and brother while armed men shouted and pointed …


UPDATED: Sat., May 11, 2019, 5:20 p.m.

Polish nationalists protest U.S. over Holocaust claims

Thousands of Polish nationalists marched to the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw on Saturday, protesting that the U.S. is putting pressure on Poland to compensate Jews whose families lost property during …


Young Jews march in Poland to remember Holocaust victims

Thousands of young Jews from around the world joined Holocaust survivors and politicians Thursday for an annual Holocaust remembrance march in southern Poland that focuses on fighting anti-Semitism and hatred.


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 8:36 p.m.

Instagram story aims to engage new generation with Holocaust

Much as Anne Frank’s diary gripped the older generations, an Instagram account based on a true 13-year-old Jewish victim’s journal, called Eva.Stories, is generating buzz among the young.


UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019, 2:42 p.m.

Calvin Whybrew of Central Valley places second for essay in Observance of the Holocaust writing and art contests

Calvin Whybrew of Central Valley High School takes second place for his essay, “Lessons from the Holocaust,” in the high school division of the Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust’s …


UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019, 2:44 p.m.

Brooklyn Bergquist of East Valley High places third for artwork in Observance of Holocaust writing and art contests

Brooklyn Bergquist of East Valley High earns third place for her artwork in the Spokane Community Observance of Holocaust’s annual Eva Lassman Memorial Writing and Art Contests


UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019, 2:44 p.m.

Jessica Schueller of Gonzaga Prep places third for poem in Observance of Holocaust writing and art contests

Jessica Schueller of Gonzaga Preparatory School places third for poem in the high school division in the Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust’s annual Eva Lassman Memorial Writing and Art …


Rep. Matt Shea links to white nationalist website, defends running background checks on political opponents

Fuming after a new round of headlines about his interactions with far-right activists, state Rep. Matt Shea directed his 4,600 Facebook followers to an obscure Australian website that traffics in …


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 9:51 p.m.

Holocaust education bill signed in Washington state

Schools in Washington will be ‘strongly encouraged’ to teach students about the Holocaust under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee, with advocates pointing to a spike in …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

Auschwitz survivors pay homage as world remembers Holocaust

Former prisoners of Auschwitz have placed flowers at an execution wall at the former Nazi German death camp on the 74th anniversary of the camp’s liberation and what has now …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 6:46 p.m.

Technology brings images of Holocaust survivors to life

A Dallas man is the latest Holocaust survivor to have his story recorded in such a way that generations to come will be able to ask his image questions.


Holocaust essay contest underway

The 13th annual Eva Lassman Memorial Writing Contest in observance of the Holocaust is now underway and is open to local high school and middle school students.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Holocaust survivor’s speech instills important history lesson with emotion

For a few minutes, the 800 in the room could only hear the clicking of Rabbi Yisroel Hahn’s lighter as he and Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan lit 11 candles.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

Spokane synagogues hosting Holocaust survivor speech, community vigil in wake of Pittsburgh massacre

One local Jewish congregation will host a speech by a Holocaust survivor on Tuesday evening, and another will host a community vigil in the wake of Saturday’s hate-filled massacre at …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, 7:22 p.m.

Holocaust survivor who visited Spokane in June dies after being struck by car in New York City

A survivor of the Holocaust who came to Spokane in June was struck and killed by a car in New York on Thursday. He was 91.


Zuckerberg’s Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is clarifying his stance pertaining to Holocaust deniers after getting some blowback on social media.


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 2:32 p.m.

LeMond, Holocaust survivors ride to celebrate Jewish life

Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, two Holocaust survivors and dozens of others took part in a symbolic ride from Auschwitz-Birkenau to a Jewish cultural center in Poland to …


Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel, consoler of Anne Frank, dies

Gena Turgel, a Holocaust survivor who comforted Anne Frank at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp before the young diarist’s death and the camp’s liberation a month later, has died. She was …


UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 10 a.m.

Holocaust survivor recounts survival and urges Spokane to lead with kindness

Nissan Krakinowski spoke of his experience during the Holocaust and then implored people of Spokane to lead by being kind to others.


Johan van Hulst, Dutch schoolteacher who saved hundreds of Jewish children during Holocaust, dies at 107

Johan van Hulst, who was credited with saving more than 600 Jewish babies and children during World War II and, in 1972, was named Righteous Among the Nations by the …


Polish law criminalizing some Holocaust speech takes effect

A Polish law that makes it a crime to falsely accuse the Polish nation of crimes committed by Nazi Germany took effect Thursday, part of a wider effort by nationalist …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 2:49 p.m.

U.S. Jewish group sparks anger in Poland with Holocaust video

A prominent Jewish-American foundation removed a video from YouTube, which had sparked outrage in Poland and beyond on Wednesday with its provocative use of the historically inaccurate term “Polish Holocaust” …


Polish adviser says Israel wants ‘monopoly on the Holocaust’

An adviser to Poland’s president says he thinks Israel’s negative reaction to a law criminalizing some statements about Poland’s actions during World War II stemmed from a “feeling of shame …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 10:51 a.m.

Polish PM: Holocaust bill needed, but timing wasn’t good

Legislation to criminalize certain statements about the Holocaust in Poland could have been timed and presented better, the country’s prime minister acknowledged Friday, but he insisted that the law is …


New tech, 3-D holograms preserve Holocaust survivor stories

Fritzie Fritzshall knows she is running out of time. Preserving her story is why she’s on stage, or at least a three-dimensional likeness of her is on stage, at the …


Holocaust freedom fighter Carla Peperzak preaches empathy at Gonzaga hate studies conference

Carla Peperzak spent her late teens and early 20s fighting Nazi Germany’s genocide in Holland. She’s now fighting hate by preaching respect and empathy in classrooms and lecture halls.


Holocaust memorial vandalized for second time this summer

The New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston has been vandalized for the second time this summer.


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 6:48 p.m.

Spokane psychologists turn to Nuremberg trial ruling on Nazi gas killings to defend role in torture

The attorneys defending Spokane psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen are arguing that the successful defense of the “gas technician” of the firm that developed Zyklon B used by Nazis …


Louisiana congressman apologizes for video he made in Auschwitz gas chamber

A Louisiana congressman is apologizing for the “unintended pain” caused by a video of his visit to a gas chamber at a Nazi concentration camp.