Tag: Holocaust and the Nazi Era

A Nazi Design Show Draws Criticism. Its Curator’s Comments Didn’t Help.

DEN BOSCH, the Netherlands — What do the Volkswagen Beetle, Germany’s autobahn highway system and oak trees all have in common? They were all used as symbols of German strength and ingenuity, part of Adolf Hitler’s propaganda machine intended to market Nazi ideology. A new exhibition at the Design Museum Den Bosch in the Netherlands, […]

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Edda Servi Machlin, 93, Champion of Italian Jewish Cuisine, Dies

Edda Servi Machlin, who survived the harrowing World War II years in Italy by hiding out with anti-Fascist partisans, then immigrated to the United States and wrote a definitive cookbook on Italian Jewish food, died on Aug. 16 at her home in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. She was 93. Her daughter Gia Machlin […]

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Slavery and the Holocaust: How Americans and Germans Cope With Past Evils

LEARNING FROM THE GERMANSRace and the Memory of Evil By Susan Neiman What can be compared to the Holocaust? Everything? Detention camps on America’s border? Nothing? This history war, generally the province of academics, has recently become part of American political discourse. Into this discussion comes Susan Neiman’s “Learning From the Germans.” Neiman, who has […]

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Mazel Tov, Trump. You’ve Revived the Jewish Left.

On Aug. 11, more than 1,000 people marked Tisha B’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, by occupying an Amazon Books store in Manhattan, protesting the technology behemoth’s technical support for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Sitting on the floor, they read harrowing accounts of people in immigration detention and recited the Kaddish, the […]

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German Theme Park Shuts Swastika-Shaped Ride

BERLIN — An amusement park in Germany shut down a new attraction this week after complaints that it resembled a pair of giant, spinning swastikas that lifted riders into the sky over the Black Forest town of Löffingen. The ride, called the Eagle’s Flight, included a set of four eagle-shaped cars, each connected at a […]

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‘First’ Porsche Heads to Auction, and a Record Price Is Expected

The road race was going to speed along Germany’s new Autobahn, into the Austrian Alps and on to Rome, through the new heart of fascist Europe. To maximize the propaganda value of the affair — in part marking the Nazis’ 1938 alliance with Italy and the absorption of Austria — the German entry in the […]

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Klezmer Music and Memory at a Festival Celebrating Jewish Life in Poland

KRAKOW, Poland — There were lectures on the journey of Jews from shtetls in Poland to new homes in what would become Israel; workshops on chanting the Torah and cooking for Shabbat; exhibitions documenting the devastation brought by World War II; and debates about Jewish life in Poland today. Everywhere, there was music. Gentle lullabies […]

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Commemorating the End of World War II

You’re reading this week’s At War newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Friday. Email us at atwar@nytimes.com. We’re less than five months away from 2020, the year that will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. There will be many commemorations: the liberation of the […]

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Ancestry Digitizes Millions of Holocaust Records

Ancestry, the genealogy and DNA testing company, has digitized millions of records of people who were displaced or persecuted in the Holocaust and made them searchable online at no cost. The announcement this week drove numerous genealogists to the site to try to fill in longstanding gaps in family stories. It also spurred a debate […]

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Should Board Gamers Play the Roles of Racists, Slavers and Nazis?

In the continuing explosion of tabletop board gaming, there are numerous World War II games in which players get to be Nazis. There are American Civil War games in which players take the role of the Confederacy. Some of these games confront the victims of the Holocaust and enslaved people head on; most don’t, though […]

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Winston Churchill Would Despise Boris Johnson

Winston Churchill’s ghost still hovers over Washington and London. American presidents have often modeled themselves after the British wartime leader, especially in times of conflict. George W. Bush was a great admirer. And so in the buildup to the Iraq war, Prime Minister Tony Blair lent him a bust of Churchill, while another one, which […]

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Hitler Looted the Art, Then They Looted Hitler

Chaos reigned in the bomb-ravaged streets of Munich on April 29, 1945. American troops were closing in. Hitler was a day away from killing himself in his bunker in Berlin. The Nazi guards who protected important buildings had fled. Hungry crowds stormed the Führerbau, the Führer’s building. First they looted the food, the liquor and […]

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Overlooked No More: Else Ury’s Stories Survived World War II. She Did Not.

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Melissa Eddy BERLIN — What stood out was the thick, white “U” of her last name, which had been carefully painted on a brown leather suitcase that was loaded, along with the belongings of 1,190 […]

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Principal Who Tried to Stay ‘Politically Neutral’ About Holocaust Is Removed

A high school principal in Florida has been removed from his position over his refusal to state that the Holocaust was a factual historical event, saying that he had to stay “politically neutral” about the World War II-era genocide of six million Jews. “Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened,” the principal, William Latson of Spanish […]

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Eva Kor, Survivor of Twin Experiments at Auschwitz, Dies at 85

Eva Kor survived the sadistic pseudoscientific medical experiments carried out on twins at the Auschwitz death camp. She dedicated herself decades later to telling of the Holocaust horrors spawned by religious and racial hatred, while preaching the power of forgiveness as a means of healing from devastating trauma. Ms. Kor took young people on annual […]

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A Political Murder and Far-Right Terrorism: Germany’s New Hateful Reality

BERLIN — The death threats started in 2015, when Walter Lübcke defended the refugee policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel. A regional politician for her conservative party, he would go to small towns in his district and explain that welcoming those in need was a matter of German and Christian values. Hateful emails started pouring in. […]

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A Lauded Satirist of the Weimar Republic Who Anticipated the Brutality of the Third Reich

“Germany is an anatomical oddity,” Kurt Tucholsky once wrote. “It writes with its left hand and acts with its right.” He would have known. As the most prominent columnist of the Weimar Republic, he skewered the fashions and follies of the newly ascendant right wing in reams of satirical essays, poems and cabaret songs under […]

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It Depends on What You Mean by Fascism

On July 2, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, after a visit to migrant detention facilities run by Customs and Border Protection in Texas, claimed that the United States is “headed toward fascism.” Much of the response that followed was expected, but little or none of it examined the statement closely or detailed to what degree the United […]

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For Artist at Auschwitz, a Challenge: Stepping Into the Past, Not on It

OSWIECIM, Poland — The letter to Daniel Libeskind’s father arrived shortly after the war ended. His sister, Rozia, informed him that his family was dead. She was the only one of 10 siblings to survive Auschwitz. Over three handwritten pages in Yiddish, she detailed the horrors they endured. “As I write these words,” she concluded, […]

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Should We Call Detention Centers Concentration Camps?

Is it right to call the migrant detainment centers on our southern border “concentration camps,” as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did recently? Her comments were meant to evoke the Holocaust, and to call forth our indignation at our government’s mistreatment of refugees. But historical parallels should be drawn carefully; what’s happening in Clint, Tex., is not […]

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