Representatives of Raoul Wallenberg Foundation went to Moscow to call for Russia to open KGB archives to shed light on the Soviet killing of the brave Swedish diplomat who rescued thousands Jews in Nazi-occupied Budapest. Commemorations held in Australia and the US.
The Israeli scholar tried to explain why the Angloamericans did not bomb the Holocaust's symbolic place. Starting from the runaway of two Slowakian Jews, his reconstruction dares tackle uneasy topics such as the presence of anti-Semitism among the Western liberators and the importance for Jews to have a State entity for themselves.
John Demjanjuk was covicred for collaborating in the murder of the nearly 28,000 prisoners of the Sobibor concentration camp as a guard. He was sentenced to 5 years jail, his defense lawyers announced he will appeal.
Israel commemorated the Yom HaShoah by presenting the Heart project, a database collecting the goods confiscated from the Holocaust victims.
Between 1943 and 1945 Mgr. Oddo Stocco was the priest of the Italian parish of San Zenone degli Ezzelini (near Treviso) and he rescued about 50 Jews, by saving them from deportation.
The Kokotek family was arrested during the massive Nazi roundup in Paris in 1942. Only 11 years old Rachel stays alive, as she is hospitalized. Her daughter Fernande, who is only 4 years old, spends two weeks alone in a Nazi detention camp before being headed as well to the gas chambers.
the genocide of Jews
In the framework of second world war (1939-1945) Europe witnessed the genocide of the Jewish people (1941-1945). The “final solution“, the extermination of six million Jews, was planned by Hitler who had come on power in Germany in 1933. Since the publication of Mein Kampf, Hitler had planned the nationalsocialist revolution based on a racist ideology.
In the memory of the Jewish people and in the verdict that closed the works of the International Military Court, 6,000,000 victims of the extermination are estimated. As a matter of facts, the most reliable scholars including Raul Hilberg estimate about 5,200,000 victims.