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Among of the millions of voices silenced during World War II were those of countless musicians. While imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps, they lifted spirits by playing music on beautifully decorated violins.

Many of those instruments were also silenced during the Holocaust. But violinist Niv Ashkenazi has now given a priceless violin its voice back, playing the restored instrument in a new recording featuring works by Jewish composers.

Alina Dabrowska was 20 years old when she first heard about Auschwitz. She was an inmate at a prison in Nazi-occupied Poland — incarcerated for helping Allied forces — and one day in 1943, while walking the grounds, a new arrival warned her about it.

"She said, 'You're all going to Auschwitz! Do you know what kind of camp that is?' " Dabrowska recalls. "She told us that if someone is out of strength, they were immediately killed. She told us many horrible things. None of us believed her."

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“It was dark, unsettling. And it, in a way, kind of reflected my own family’s dark history.”

That’s how the music of Austrian-born Holocaust survivor Karol Rathaus first struck Canadian pianist Daniel Wnukowski when he heard it for the first time several years ago.

“This man was completely obscure to me, but the music resonated so strongly,” Wnukowski said in a recent phone interview.

All Sides Weekend: Art Made In The Holocaust

Dec 21, 2018
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Join All Sides Weekend guest host Clare Roth this morning for a conversation about art made in the Holocaust: who made it, what it tells us about that time and how it shapes our views today.

Holocaust Center 'Breaks Ground' On New Home

Jul 5, 2018

Construction is underway on a new Holocaust & Humanity Center inside the Cincinnati Museum Center.


A Holocaust survivor who became a sculptor and has his work on display at Ohio's governor's mansion has died.

There's enough material in the life of Philippe Mora to warrant not just one movie, but maybe three or four. His career as the director of more than 40 films, for instance, including the Dennis Hopper outlaw flick Mad Dog Morgan. His prolific history as a visual artist — including the time the stench from his rotting-meat statue raised the hackles of Princess Margaret.

On the same day President Trump signed his new immigration ban, a Twitter account launched to shine the spotlight on what happened to a group of refugees that were turned away from the U.S. in 1939.

About 900 Jewish people had attempted to escape Nazi Germany on the MS St. Louis. But the ship was turned away by the U.S. because of immigration restrictions. Later, more than 250 of those passengers were killed during World War II and the Holocaust.

Remembering the Holocaust

May 23, 2016
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By the eve of the German occupation, over three million Jews were living in Poland, making up the highest Jewish population in Europe. The nation later become known for some of the major concentration and extermination camps responsible for the deaths of millions. This hour, we remember the Holocaust seventy-one years after the end of the second World War.   

11:00 In this hour we'll commemorate Holocaust Remberance Day, or Yom HaShoah, a day to remember the atrocities committed against the Jews in World War II. We'll examine how the practice of Judaism changed in the aftermath of the war, how Jews managed to survive and thrive in the United States, and how the faithful--Jews and gentiles-- saved the faith. Guests

Holocaust Historian

Nov 16, 2010

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum historian Dr. William Meinecke discusses his academic research on pre-war Germany's judicial system.

Anne Frank's Legacy

Oct 6, 2009

Anne Frank as a self-aware writer and the power of her life and book to illuminate the past and inspire the cause for human rights in the future, with Bard College distinguished visiting writer Francine Prose.