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How a female Jewish journalist alerted the world to Ukraine’s silent starvation

by Julie Masis 6/18/17 Clockwise, from left: Rhea Clyman’s photo in the 1933 Toronto Telegram; a ‘Red Train’ of carts taking first harvest of produce to Soviet government warehouses; starving children affected by the famine. (All photos public domain) While driving through the Ukrainian countryside in 1932, Rhea Clyman, a Jewish-Canadian journalist, stopped in a […]

Estonian politician vows to legalize Holocaust denial

(JTA) — An Estonian nationalist politician vowed in his election campaign to decriminalize Holocaust denial and instead penalize those who would downplay the Soviet domination of the country. Georg Kirsberg, who is running for a lawmaker’s seat for the Conservative People’s Party in Estonia’s elections in October, was quoted Wednesday by the Estonian National Broadcasting […]

Holocaust cabaret in Kiev theater outrages Ukrainian Jews

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, a display sign was hung in front of a theater in the capital of Ukraine, in anticipation of a new play telling the story of John Demjanjuk, who was convicted of helping to murder Jews in Sobibor; following the harsh criticism, the theater’s managers removed the sign. Itamar Eichner April 25, […]

Holocaust memorial vandalized in western Ukraine

March 27, 2017 (JTA) — Nazi symbols were spray-painted on a monument to Holocaust victims in Ukraine that was erected near their mass graves. The letter X was painted on the Star of David emblazoned on the monument near the western city of Ternopil. A swastika was drawn on the Hebrew-language section of the monument […]

Ukraine’s leader in the fight against Jew-hate bends Holocaust history

Borys Zakharchuk has been appointed by Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry as its first Special Representative for preventing and combating antisemitism, racism and xenophobia. Babyn Yar Memorial Complex in Kyiv. (Photo by Sergii Kharchenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Last week, a statue went up in Kiev. Such an occurrence would not normally be worth noting but, in this […]

Fan of Nazi collaborator to represent Ukraine at Paris Holocaust symposium

March 6, 2017 (JTA) — Ukrainian Jews protested the attendance at an international symposium on the Holocaust by a state historian who praised a Nazi collaborator whose troops killed Jews. Eduard Dolinsky, director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, last week condemned the planned attendance of Volodymyr Vyatrovych, director of Ukrainian National Memory Institute, at a conference […]

It’s Chabad vs. Lithuanian Jews in Fight Over Holocaust Funds

Paul Berger Holocaust restitution money is supposed to heal wounds. But the Lithuanian government’s payment of $40 million to the country’s small Jewish community has reopened a decades-long dispute between Lithuania’s Jewish leadership and a Chabad rabbi from Boston. Arguments over the money have swelled into a debate about who better represents Lithuanian Jewry — […]

Graves of Holocaust victims looted, desecrated across Ukraine

Looters dig up mass graves of Holocaust victims, desecrate remains in search for gold teeth and jewelry.   Arutz Sheva Staff   Marker of Jewish grave desecrated by looters Press release The remains of Jews murdered during the Holocaust have become the target of grave robbers across the Ukraine, say local Jews, who claim the […]

The Forgotten Holocaust: The Films of Boris Maftsir

An Israeli filmmaker works to revive the neglected, terrible history of Shoah victims in the Soviet Union By Izabella Tabarovsky January 27, 2017       (see http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/222730/films-of-boris-maftsir#)    In  a series of spellbinding documentaries, Boris Maftsir, an Israeli filmmaker, has been racing to prevent the last traces of the Holocaust in the USSR from vanishing for good. He went […]

At Babi Yar Memorial, a Tenor of Somber Acknowledgement

As ceremonies in Kiev commemorating the victims of the Babi Yar massacre draw to a close, a number of speeches by Ukrainian dignitaries have brought the atrocity into a clear, historical focus By Vladislav Davidzon September 30, 2016 Though the Babi Yar 75th anniversary commemoration events in Kiev are slated to continue for at least […]