Holocaust - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Holocaust


Germany marks Holocaust anniversary in shadow of virus

Apr 19, 2020 - 8:36 PM

Memorial ceremonies have had to be cancelled or dramatically scaled back for the camps at Sachsenhausen, Ravensbrueck, and Bergen-Belsen

Anne Frank's diary more relevant than ever, 75 years on

Apr 12, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The 'Diary of a Young Girl' has become one of the world's most-read books, selling 30 million copies and being translated into more than 70 languages

Anne Frank's diary is displayed at the Netherlands pavilion of the XXIX International Book Fair in Bogota, Colombia on April 19, 2016. Netherlands is the guest of honour to the fair. (Photo by GUILLERMO LEGARIA / AFP)

Past 'evils' are resurfacing, Germany and Israel warn at Holocaust event

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:12 PM

'More still, they are presenting their ethno-nationalist, authoritarian thinking as a vision, as a better answer to the questions of our time,' says German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

HORRORS OF HOLOCAUST. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin embraces German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) after his speech during a parliamentary session in homage to Nazi victims at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) on January 29, 2020 in Berlin. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

Dutch offer first apology for World War II persecution of Jews

Jan 26, 2020 - 10:17 PM

Records show that only 38,000 of the 140,000 Jews who lived in the Netherlands survived World War II but no government apology has been offered for the role the authorities played

World leaders in Israel to recall horrors of Auschwitz

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:33 PM

The presidents of Russia, France and Germany, US Vice President Mike Pence and Britain's Prince Charles are set to address the somber event at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem

GUEST. Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) is welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara during a meeting in Jerusalem on January 23, 2020. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP

The last Holocaust survivors: Growing old with memories of Auschwitz

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:14 AM

The numbers tattooed on their left arms have faded, much in the same way that the collective memory of the Holocaust is blurring

Holocaust survivor Szmul Icek shows a picture of his parents killed by the Nazis, during a photo session at his home in Jerusalem on December 8, 2019. (Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP)

Angelica Panganiban apologizes for ‘disrespectful' Holocaust Memorial OOTD post

Nov 08, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'While there is no malice and intention to malign and disrespect the memories of the Holocaust, I would like to apologize for offending the sensibilities of others,' Angelica writes on Twitter

Germany asks Polish forgiveness 80 years after WWII outbreak

Sep 01, 2019 - 1:44 PM

'I bow my head before the Polish victims of Germany's tyranny. And I ask forgiveness, says German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

THE WAR. In this file photo taken on September 06, 1939, Germans tanks cross a river into Polish territory. Nazi forces invade Poland from the west on September 1, 1939, prompting Britain and France to declare war on Berlin two days later. Photo by AFP

Eva Kor, survivor of Auschwitz doctor Mengele, dies in Poland

Jul 06, 2019 - 11:29 AM

Eva Kor dies at 85 during an annual trip that includes a visit to Auschwitz

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 21, 2015, Auschwitz survivor, victim of the Nazi German death camp's infamous doctor Josef Mengele and plaintiff Eva Mozes Kor attends the trial of former Nazi death camp officer Oskar Groening in Lueneburg, northern Germany. - Eva Mozes Kor has passed away in Poland while on an annual a visit to the Holocaust site, two independent sources said on July 5, 2019. The Romanian-born Kor, who founded the Candles Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, devoted her life to Holocaust awareness and reconciliation, died at the age of 85. (Photo by Julian STRATENSCHULTE / POOL / AFP)

YouTube to ban 'hateful,' 'supremacist' videos

Jun 06, 2019 - 12:30 AM

(UPDATED) Youtube's announcement is the latest of a series of tech industry moves to filter out hateful and violent content, which have spurred calls for tougher regulation

Vatican to open archives of WWII pope Pius XII in 2020

Mar 04, 2019 - 10:06 PM

Researchers have long sought to examine the archives over why Pius XII did not intervene more against the Holocaust perpetrated by the German Nazis

VATICAN. In this file photo taken on April 02, 2018 people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Vandals hit memorial stone at Strasbourg's Old Synagogue

Mar 02, 2019 - 10:38 PM

The synagogue, which was the Jewish community's main place of worship in the city, was ransacked and burnt to the ground by Hitler Youth in September 1940

HISTORY. People pass by the memorial stone marking the site of Strasbourg's Old Synagogue, which was destroyed by the Nazis in World War II, after it was vandalised overnight on March 2, 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

The week in photos: September 1-7, 2018

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ABORTION HEARING. Women dressed as characters from the novel-turned-TV series "The Handmaid's Tale" stand in an elevator at the Hart Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on September 4, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Duterte, dubbed 'Hitler admirer,' visits Israel Holocaust memorial

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'Never again' to mass murder, writes President Rodrigo Duterte in a message he leaves at Yad Vashem, a memorial for Holocaust victims

Holocaust center slams Poland, Israel over controversial law

Jul 06, 2018 - 12:03 AM

'A thorough review by Yad Vashem historians shows that the historical assertions, presented as unchallenged facts, in the joint statement contain grave errors and deceptions,' the statement from the research center says

AUSCHWITZ. In this file photo taken on April 12, 2018 participants are wrapped into an Israeli flag as they arrive to the memorial site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim to attend the annual "March of the Living." File photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Britain's Prince William visits Israel Holocaust memorial

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, wearing a black skullcap, rekindled the eternal flame and laid a wreath at Israel's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem as a youth choir sang

FIRST VISIT. Britain's Prince William visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on June 26, 2018. Photo by Debbie Hill/Pool/ AFP

Robredo hits Tiglao for 'fake news' about Germany trip

Apr 24, 2018 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) Days after calling out Rigoberto Tiglao, Vice President Leni Robredo reveals that the 'Manila Times' columnist sent her office an e-mail 'threatening to print more fake news'

FAKE NEWS. Vice President Leni Robredo hits former journalist Rigoberto Tiglao for his latest Manila Times column. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 17, 2018

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday

Robredo apologizes for Holocaust memorial photo: ‘I take full responsibility’

Apr 17, 2018 - 12:05 PM

'There was no excuse. So I would like to apologize for whatever offense to the sensitivities of the people it caused,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

APOLOGY. Vice President Leni Robredo apologizes for the photo she took with other members of the Liberal Party at the holocaust memorial in Germany. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

'What were they thinking?': Robredo, LP solons criticized for Holocaust Memorial photo

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:30 PM

In the photo, Robredo and LP solons were seen happily posing at a monument that honors the memories of the millions who lost their lives during the holocaust

DISRESPECTFUL. Vice President Leni Robredo and Liberal Party lawmakers are criticized online for posing happily in a photo at the holocaust memorial in Berlin. Photo from Rep. Teddy Baguilat's Twitter account.

U.S. Holocaust Museum strips rights award from Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Mar 08, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The Museum says it is rescinding the award due to Aung San Suu Kyi's inaction over what it called 'mounting evidence of genocide' committed by the Myanmar military against civilians from the Rohingya minority

EMPOWERMENT. Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi tells business leaders at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit on November 12, 2017, that women should be given more decision-making roles. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Poland's president signs controversial Holocaust bill into law

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:28 AM

Polish President Andrzej Duda signs into law a controversial Holocaust bill intended to safeguard Poland's image abroad but which has instead triggered an unprecedented diplomatic row

FACING THE MEDIA. Poland's President Andrzej Duda gives a press conference on February 6, 2018 in Warsaw to announces that he will sign into law a controversial Holocaust bill which has sparked tensions with Israel, the US and Ukraine. Janek Skarzynski/AFP

'Mounting evidence' of Myanmar genocide – watchdogs

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Myanmar security forces slit the throats of Muslim Rohingya, burned victims alive, and gang-raped women and girls, according to two separate reports detailing mounting evidence of genocide

EXODUS. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

Macron, Netanyahu mark 75 years since Paris roundup of Jews

Jul 16, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s presence at the ceremony sparks controversy with the Union of French Jews for Peace calling it shocking and unacceptable

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd R) pay their respects after laying wreaths during a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Vel d'Hiv roundup in Paris on July 16, 2017.  French President Emmanuel Macron on July 16 marked 75 years since the roundup of some 13,000 Jews to be sent to Nazi death camps, calling France's responsibility a "stark truth" at a ceremony attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kamil Zihnioglu

Trump spokesman apologizes for 'insensitive' Hitler reference

Apr 12, 2017 - 11:33 AM

Sean Spicer: Frankly I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive comment about the Holocaust and there is no comparison

In this file photo, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on February 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Pence pays somber visit to Nazi concentration camp

Feb 20, 2017 - 12:15 AM

US Vice President Mike Pence is touring Europe to assure nervous allies of Washington s unwavering support for NATO

US Vice President Michael Richard Pence (C), his wife Karen Pence (R) and his daughter Charlotte Pence walk from the International Memorial of former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau after laying a wreath at the former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau, southwestern Germany, on February 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas Kienzle

Taiwan school principal resigns over Nazi parade

Dec 27, 2016 - 2:40 PM

The Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei condemns the parade as tasteless and outrageous

Can we please stop the Hitler comparisons?

Dec 03, 2016 - 9:30 PM

We are better than we seem and much kinder than we appear

Wife of Putin aide shocks with Holocaust-themed skating routine

Nov 28, 2016 - 10:11 PM

The wife of President Vladimir Putin s spokesman faces a storm of criticism for performing a Holocaust themed ice dancing routine with striped costumes based on concentration camp uniforms

This file photo taken on October 21, 2015 shows former figure skater Olympic champion Tatiana Navka attending the World Olympians Forum in Moscow. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

Jewish community applauds Duterte after apology

Oct 04, 2016 - 9:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes a personal appearance at a synagogue in Metro Manila to apologize to Jews for his Hitler remarks

DUTERTE'S APOLOGY. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Jewish New Year celebration at a synagogue in Makati. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

House leaders on Duterte apology: 'We all make mistakes'

Oct 03, 2016 - 4:20 PM

I would advise the President don t speak anymore Just work says Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

HOUSE LEADERS. Majority Rodolfo Fariñas and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez hold a press conference on October 3. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte on Hitler, Santiago burial, Syria rescue | 12PM wRap

Oct 03, 2016 - 2:48 PM

Watch the 12PM wRap with Mara Cepeda

Duterte apologizes for Hitler remarks

Oct 02, 2016 - 6:40 PM

There was never an intention on my part to derogate the memory of 6 million Jews murdered by the Germans says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

LOOK BACK: Hitler and the Holocaust

Oct 01, 2016 - 8:19 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte sparks outrage after he drew parallels between the Holocaust and his own bloody war on drugs

REMEMBERING THE HOLOCAUST. Polish Jews captured by Germans during the suppression of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Poland. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Jerman protes pernyataan Duterte yang menyamakan diri dengan Hitler

Oct 01, 2016 - 7:44 PM

Juru bicara kepresidenan menyebut media keliru dalam menangkap pernyataan Duterte Dia tidak bermaksud menyamakan diri dengan Adolf Hitler

SAMA DENGAN HITLER? Presiden Filipina Rodrigo Duterte mengatakan siap memberantas 3 juta pengguna narkotika di negaranya. Sementara, Adolf Hitler disebut Duterte juga membantai 3 juta warga Yahudi dalam peristiwa Holocaust. Foto dari Istana Kepresidenan Filipina (PPD)

Mourners say farewell to Elie Wiesel in New York

Jul 04, 2016 - 10:24 AM

Mourners including world leaders pay tribute to Wiesel who died at the age of 87

In Romania, poignant memories of Holocaust survivor Wiesel

Jul 03, 2016 - 9:45 PM

He was a man who bequeathed to us the duty to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and to ensure that this tragedy never occurs again says Aurel Vainer

epa05404484 (FILE) A file photo dated 24 April 2012 of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel arriving for the 'Time 100 Gala' to celebrate the Time Magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in New York, New York, USA. Media reports on 02 July 2016 state that Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and author, died at the age of 87, citing Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaus Memorial. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Key works of Nobel peace winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel

Jul 03, 2016 - 9:59 AM

Here are some of the best literary works and most memorable quotes by Nobel peace laureate Elie Wiesel

This January 24, 2005, shows US author and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, dies

Jul 03, 2016 - 7:56 AM

3rd UPDATE Wiesel is perhaps best known for his memoir Night detailing his experiences in the Auschwitz concentration camp

SMILING ELIE. This November 30, 2006, file photo shows Nobel peace laureate Elie Wiesel after being presented with an honorary knighthood by the British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett at the Foreign Office in London. Bertrand Langlois/AFP

Ex-SS guard, 94, convicted for complicity in Auschwitz murders

Jun 17, 2016 - 9:11 PM

More than 70 years after World War II Reinhold Hanning 94 is sentenced to 5 years imprisonment over his role at the Nazi run camp in occupied Poland

REINHOLD HANNING. Former SS guard Reinhold Hanning sits between his lawyers Andreas Scharmer (L) and John Salmen (R) as his sentencing in handed down, at the Land court in Detmold, Germany, June 17, 2016. Photo by Bernd Thissen/EPA

White House warns Netanyahu 'inflammatory rhetoric' must stop

Oct 23, 2015 - 5:17 AM

Netanyahu suggests Hitler was not planning to exterminate the Jews until he met Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al Husseini a Palestinian nationalist in 1941

NETANYAHU. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) following their meeting in Berlin, Germany, 21 October 2015. Photo by Michael Kappeler/EPA

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' sentenced to prison

Jul 15, 2015 - 4:25 PM

Oskar Groening 94 sat impassively as judge Franz Kompisch said the defendant is found guilty of accessory to murder in 300 000 legally connected cases of deported Jews who were sent to the gas chambers in 1944

IN COURT. The defendant Oskar Groening in the courtroom in Lueneburg, Germany, April 21, 2015. Ronny Hartmann/Pool/EPA

Holocaust education ordered for Hungary Auschwitz denier

May 05, 2015 - 10:16 PM

A Hungarian prosecutor orders a man to read up on the Holocaust after he shared a picture on social media depicting Auschwitz as an imaginary fun camp

REMEMBERING AUSCHWITZ. Participants hold their hands during their Romani Day flashmob in front of the cast iron shoes Holocaust Memorial on the quay of the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary, 08 April 2015. Photo by Marjai Janos / Hungary Out / EPA

German foreign minister rejects Armenia 'genocide' label

Apr 25, 2015 - 12:41 AM

Steinmeier says that adopting the term genocide to describe the slaughter of an estimated 1 5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces in 1915 could play into the hands of those who sought to minimize the Holocaust

German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L), German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (C) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) take part in a parliamentary debate on the occasion of the anniversary of massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915/1916. Photo by Britta Pederson/EPA

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' asks for 'forgiveness' in German court

Apr 22, 2015 - 9:35 AM

Oskar Groening: For me there s no question that I share moral guilt I as for forgiveness

IN COURT. The defendant Oskar Groening in the courtroom in Lueneburg, Germany, April 21, 2015. Ronny Hartmann/Pool/EPA

'Never forget,' Auschwitz survivors appeal to world

Jan 28, 2015 - 12:09 PM

The commemoration of Auchwitz s liberation comes amid concern over a resurgence in anti Semitism in France Germany and other parts of Europe

IN THE COLD. People pass in the dense snow during the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi-German concentration and extermination camp KL Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim-Brzezinka, Poland, 27 January 2015.  Andrzej Grygiel/EPA

Auschwitz, 70 years after: Survivors return, leaders sound alarm

Jan 27, 2015 - 1:01 PM

Aging survivors and dignitaries gather at the site synonymous with the Holocaust to honor victims and sound the alarm over a fresh wave of anti Semitism

This photo taken on January 13, 2005 shows the main gate entering the Nazi Auschwitz death camp at sunrise. Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Nicki Minaj apologizes for Nazi imagery in video

Nov 12, 2014 - 10:13 AM

Minaj says that the inspiration for the video was in fact the cartoon series Metalocalypse

[Bodymind] Spiegelman Schmiegelman

Sep 23, 2014 - 11:48 AM

Since Speigelman is recognized as one of the most effective voices in reminding the world about the Holocaust I can’t help worrying that his criticism of Israel carries more weight than an ordinary person’s