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The Romani Holocaust

The Romani (once referred to as “Gypsies”) were declared by Heinrich Himmler on this date in 1943 to be “on the same level as Jews and [to be] placed in concentration camps.” This intensified the incarceration and obliteration of Romani people that Himmler had ordered the previous December. Romani losses in the Porajmos (“Devouring” or “Destruction” […]

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Quick Takes: Holocaust Memorials Without Jews

by Ralph Seliger   REMEMBER THAT Jew-less statement from the Trump White House on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, dated January 27, 2017? Its actual wording wasn’t terrible: It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the […]

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Holocaust-Period Films at the 2017 Berlinale

by Tony Wohlfarth THE 2017 BERLIN International Film Festival featured several period films set during the Shoah — remarkable, considering the festival’s location — reminding us how Germany has transformed over the past seventy-two years. Three titles stand out and are reviewed below.   Django THE OPENING FILM at the 2017 Berlinale, Django, is a […]

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June 1: Romania’s Top Fascist

Ion Antonescu, the fascist prime minister of Romania who allied the country with Nazi Germany and eagerly prosecuted genocidal attacks against his country’s Jews and Gypsies, was executed for war crimes on this date in 1946. Antonescu was a lifelong antisemite whose father had divorced his mother to marry a convert to Judaism. He was also a lifelong […]

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January 23: Mengele’s Jewish Portraitist

Dina Gottliebova Babbitt, an artist whom Dr. Josef Mengele spared from death at Auschwitz in order to have her draw Roma inmates in service of his racist theorizing, was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia on this date in 1923. Deported to Auschwitz as a 19-year-old art student, she drew a scene from Disney’s “Snow White and […]

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July 20: A Nazi Ban on Jewish Olympians

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported on this date in 1936 that the Nazi government in Berlin had forbidden all German newspapers from “reporting anything about the activities of Jews on Olympic teams or to comment on participation of Jews in next month’s games…. One of the purposes of this measure was believed to be to […]

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