Holocaust memorial vandalized in western Ukraine

(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 and the SS symbol on the part in English. [Read more…]

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U.S. Holocaust Museum to award Angela Merkel with top honour named for Elie Wiesel

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will bestow its highest honour, the Elie Wiesel Award, on German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her work advancing Holocaust awareness.

“Chancellor Merkel has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to making the preservation of Holocaust memory a priority for Germany,” said Tom Bernstein, who chairs the council governing the museum, in a release Thursday. “The Museum has partnered with the German government and institutions on many initiatives and those partnerships have only grown deeper and more fruitful under Chancellor Merkel.” [Read more…]

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Anne Frank House, Facebook partner on chat-bot with teenage diarist

Anne Frank in 1942

Anne Frank in 1942

(JTA) – People can now “chat” with Anne Frank through a computer-generated bot.

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and Facebook have partnered on the bot, which was released at the museum Tuesday by Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands in honour of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Anne Frank House said in a statement. [Read more…]

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