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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Hell was a place called Auschwitz

Seven-and-a-half decades later, the murder factory known as Auschwitz has all but passed from living memory. So perhaps it feels distant to you, far removed in space and time.

Survivor in Slovenia turns 100 on Holocaust Remembrance Day

For Marija Frlan, it’s as symbolic as it can get: A survivor of a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, the Slovenian woman turns 100 years old on Monday, …

German soccer pledges to support Holocaust Memorial Day

The German soccer federation says it has a “special responsibility” to support Holocaust Memorial Day as its former president Felix Linnemann was directly responsible for sending victims to be murdered …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Leaders vow to learn from Holocaust, offer competing lessons

World leaders have denounced the rising threat of anti-Semitism and vowed never to forget the lessons of the Holocaust at a solemn ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

Survivor stories spotlight Auschwitz liberation anniversary

Seventy-five years after the Auschwitz death camp was liberated, Maurice Gluck is one of 75 Holocaust survivors featured in a commemorative photo project.

Wealthy German family gives millions to Holocaust survivors

One of Germany’s richest families is giving millions to support Holocaust survivors with critical needs as it seeks to atone for its use of forced laborers during the Nazi era …

Amazon pulls Auschwitz ‘Christmas ornaments’ after protest

Amazon said Monday it has removed “Christmas ornaments” and other merchandise bearing the images of Auschwitz that had been available on its online site.

Hanni Levy, who survived Holocaust in Berlin hideout, dies

Hanni Levy, who survived the Holocaust hiding out in Berlin, has died. She was 95.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Holocaust survivor who is Anne Frank’s stepsister to speak in Spokane

“The world unfortunately has forgotten what has happened, or they never even knew what had happened. It hasn’t really changed. There’s still prejudice, discrimination and wars going on,” Schloss said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …