Museums

  • Bush Pal Lauded for Leadership of Holocaust Museum

    As a close friend of George W. Bush and a top Republican Party fund-raiser, Fred Zeidman knew that his appointment as chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council nearly seven years ago looked like a gift from the new president to a political crony. So Zeidman stood up at his first meeting and told the… More ▸

  • Osi to Publish Its Nazi Cases

    The U.S. Department of Justice will publish more than 30 years worth of texts relating to cases against Nazis who entered the United States illegally after World War II. The department’s Office of Special Investigations, which has been investigating and prosecuting cases against Nazi offenders since 1979, will turn over thousands of pages of court… More ▸

  • Kiev Marks Sholom Aleichem’s 150th Birthday

    A Kiev museum kicked off national observances of the 150th anniversary of the birthday of Yiddish writer Sholom Aleichem. An exhibition on the Jewish writer, who was born in Ukraine and spent much of his life there, opened last week at the Kiev Museum of Books. His birthday will be celebrated on the state level… More ▸

  • Jewish Girls’ Magazine Wins $100,000

    – A magazine published by and for Jewish girls won a $100,000 prize. The $100,000 grand prize in the Wells Fargo Bank “Someday Dreams” contest was awarded to Yaldah Magazine founder and publisher, seventeen-year-old Leah Larson, and her mother, Evelyn Krieger, of Sharon, Massachusetts, at a ceremony on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo History Museum… More ▸

  • Chabad Seeks to Transform Tragedy into Opportunity

    Chabad-Lubavitch leaders are working overtime to transform the Mumbai attacks into an unparalleled opportunity for spreading the movement’s message. Chabad has received unprecedented media exposure since terrorists struck its center in Mumbai, killing two of its emissaries to the Indian city — Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivkah — along with four other Jews…. More ▸

  • U.S. Genocide Task Force Recommends Military Prep

    A blue-ribbon U.S. panel on preventing genocide proposed a designated military capability. The Genocide Prevention Task Force, operating under the aegis of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the American Academy of Diplomacy and the U.S. Institute of Peace, published its findings Monday. At a news conference, task force co-chairs Madeleine Albright and William Cohen, the… More ▸

  • ‘anne Frank’ Apartment Closed

    An Amsterdam rental agency removed an advertisement for an apartment that said guests could “live like Anne Frank.” The amsterdamstay.com agency changed its Web site and removed the slogan after being contacted by the Anne Frank Foundation, which oversees the Anne Frank House and museum here. The foundation holds legal rights to the Anne Frank… More ▸

  • Living Like Anne Frank?

    An online accommodation agency I came across recently used one of the most tasteless slogans I’ve ever seen to advertise a holiday rental in Amsterdam. “Amsterdam Stay Apartments present the Anne Frank apartment,” read a banner across the top of the apartment’s Web page. “Live like Anne Frank during your Amsterdam stay,” it promised, “with… More ▸

  • San Francisco Holocaust Memorial Vandalized

    San Francisco’s Holocaust memorial was vandalized for the second time in two months. The memorial was defaced Wednesday with swastikas inside Stars of David drawn in black marker on the permanent art installation and on informational plaques. Dedicated in 1984, “The Holocaust,” by sculptor George Segal, is located outside the Legion of Honor Museum in… More ▸

  • Britain to Honor Israeli Industrialist

    Queen Elizabeth II will honor an Israeli industrialist after he donated $20 million to projects involving the United Kingdom’s maritime heritage. Sami Ofer will fund the project at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich. A new wing at the National Maritime Museum will be named the Sami Ofer Wing. Ofer has been awarded… More ▸