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January 17, 2017 / 19 Tevet, 5777

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Archaeological Digs in Nazi Death Camp Unearth Victims’ Personal Effects

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Recent archaeological digs at the site of the former Nazi extermination camp Sobibór have unearthed personal effects belonging to Holocaust victims, including jewelry and watches, and a unique pendant bearing a date, the words “Mazal Tov” in Hebrew and the city “Frankfurt A.M.”

The remains are believed to be concentrated in the location where victims undressed and their heads were shaved before being sent into the gas chambers. These archaeological findings were discovered by Polish archaeologist Wojciech Mazurek together with archaeologist Yoram Haimi from the Israel Antiquities Authority and a Dutch associate, archaeologist Ivar Schute.

The archaeological excavations, underway since 2007, are underwritten by the Steering Committee for the international project to establish a new museum and memorial site in the former German Nazi extermination camp in Sobibór, in coordination with Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research.

The remains of the building unearthed by the archaeologists are located on the “Pathway to Heaven,” along which Jewish victims were forced to tread to the gas chambers. The personal items found in the foundations of the building probably fell through the floorboards and remained buried in the ground until they were discovered this past fall.

A pendant with the Hebrew words "Mazal Tov" and the date July 3, 1929

A pendant with the Hebrew words “Mazal Tov” and the date July 3, 1929

Among the personal items found in the area were a Star of David necklace, a woman’s watch and a metal charm covered in glass with an etching of the image of Moses holding the Ten Commandments; on the reverse side of the charm is the inscription of the essential Jewish prayer “Shema.” Also found was a unique pendant, probably belonging to a child from Frankfurt who was born on July 3, 1929, which bears the words “Mazal Tov” written in Hebrew on one side and on the other side the Hebrew letter “ה” (God’s name) as well three Stars of David.

Leading experts at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, together with the Israel Antiquities Authority’s archaeologist Yoram Haimi, revealed that the pendant discovered in Sobibór bears close resemblance to one owned by Anne Frank, who was murdered in the Holocaust and is well-known for the diary she wrote while in hiding in Amsterdam.

A metal locket covered with glass with the image of Moses holding the Ten Commandments painted on it (engraved on the reverse side is the essential Jewish prayer "Shema")

A metal locket covered with glass with the image of Moses holding the Ten Commandments painted on it (engraved on the reverse side is the essential Jewish prayer “Shema”)

Through the use of Yad Vashem’s online pan-European Deportation Database “Transports to Extinction,” they were able to ascertain that the pendant might have belonged to a girl by the name of Karoline Cohn. Dr. Joel Zissenwein, Director of the Deportations Database Project, found that Cohn, born on July 3, 1929, was deported from Frankfurt to Minsk on November 11, 1941. While it is not known if Cohn survived the harsh conditions in the Minsk ghetto, her pendant reached Sobibór sometime between November 1941 and September 1943, when the ghetto was liquidated and the 2,000 Jewish prisoners interned there were deported to the death camp. There, along the path to the gas chambers of Sobibór, the pendant belonging to 14-year-old Karoline Cohn was taken, dropped, and remained buried in the ground for over 70 years.

Additional research reveals that aside from similarities between the pendants, both Anne Frank and Karoline Cohn were born in Frankfurt, suggesting a possible familial connection between Frank and Cohn. Researchers are currently trying to locate relatives of the two families to further explore this avenue.

A ring found in the ground at the location of the remains of the building used to shave the heads of the victims

A ring found in the ground at the location of the remains of the building used to shave the heads of the victims

Over the past decade, the archaeological excavations at Sobibór, under the guidance of Yad Vashem, have made several important discoveries, including the foundations of the gas chambers, the original train platform, and a large amount of personal artifacts belonging to the victims. Among the unique items are metal discs attached to charm bracelets typically worn by children. Engraved on the discs was contact information in case the child went missing.

The most recent excavations have uncovered the remains of the building where victims undressed and their heads shaved as well as other areas bearing signs of the use of mechanical equipment to dismantle the camp. In one specific location are imprints left in the ground where trees were planted in order to in order to conceal evidence of the camp.

Prof. Havi Dreifuss, Head of the Center for the Research on the Holocaust in Poland at Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research said, “These recent findings from the excavations at Sobibór constitute an important contribution to the documentation and commemoration of the Holocaust, and help us to better understand what happened at Sobibór, both in terms of the camp’s function and also from the point of view of the victims.”

According to Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Yoram Haimi, “The significance of the research and findings at Sobibór grows with every passing season of excavation. Every time we dig, we reveal another part of the camp, find more personal items, and expand our knowledge about the camp. In spite of attempts by the Nazis and their collaborators to erase traces of their crimes, as well as the effects of forestation and time, we enhance our understanding of the history previously known to us only through survivor testimonies. In this way, we ensure that the memory of the people killed there will never be forgotten. This pendant demonstrates once again the importance of archaeological research of former Nazi death camp sites. The moving story of Karoline Cohn is symbolic of the shared fate of the Jews murdered in the camp. It is important to tell the story, so that we never forget. I wish to thank my Polish partner Wojciech Mazurek and the researchers at Yad Vashem for their dedication to the project, as well as Tel Aviv University for supporting the project, and the Polish-German Foundation who made the excavations possible.”

Relatives of Karoline Cohn, or any member of the public who can assist with details regarding her family or Sophie Kollmann, who filled out Pages of Testimony in April 1978 for Richard Else Cohn and Karoline Cohn, are requested to contact Yoram Haimi via email yoramhi@israntique.org.il


Funerals for Murdered IDF Officers Set for Monday

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Funerals for the four IDF officers who were murdered Sunday in the truck ramming attack by a Jerusalem terrorist in the neighborhood of Armon HaNatziv are scheduled to take place at various times through the day in different areas of the country.

At 11:00 am, Second Lieutenant Erez Orbach, z’l, 20, of Alon Shvut, will be laid to rest at the cemetery in Kfar Etzion.

At 2:00 pm, Second Lieutenant Shira Tzur, z’l, age 20, of Haifa, will be laid to rest in the military cemetery in that city.

At 3:00 pm, Lieutenant Yael Yekutiel, z’l, age 20, of Givatayim, will be laid to rest at the cemetery in Kiryat Shaul.

At 2:00 pm, Lieutenant Shir Hajaj, 22, z’l, of Ma’ale Adumim, will be laid to rest at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in the holy city of Jerusalem.

The families of Second Lt. Shira Tzur and Lt. Erez Orbach have requested that the media respect their privacy and desist from coverage at the funerals of their loved ones.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet. May the memories of all four IDF officers who fell in the line of duty be for a blessing.

Hana Levi Julian

Confirmed: 3 IDF Cadets, 1 Officer Killed, 17 Injured in Jerusalem Terror Ramming Attack [video]

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit has confirmed that three cadets (male and female) and an officer (female) were killed in the truck ramming attack that took place early Sunday afternoon near the promenade in Jerusalem’s Armon HaNatziv neighborhood, also known as East Talpiot. The families have been notified, according to the IDF.

“Seventeen other IDF officers and cadets were injured and evacuated to hospitals for medical treatment,” the IDF spokesperson’s office said in its statement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman both went to the site of the attack early Sunday evening, where they received a briefing by Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevy.

Mr. Netanyahu told reporters at the site that it is believed Sunday’s attack was similar to those inspired by the Islamic State terrorist organization (Da’esh / ISIS), such as those “we saw first in France, then in Germany and now in Jerusalem,” and that Israel must fight the “same ongoing battle against this global scourge of the new terrorism” along with the rest of the world.

Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh told reporters earlier in the day at a separate news conference that because there had been no intelligence alert and no prior security warning of the attack, there had been no way to prevent it. Police have placed the city of Jerusalem on heightened security alert in response to the attack.

Meanwhile, young Arab men were handing out sweets and pastries to passing motorists and passengers on the streets of Gaza and Palestinian Authority-controlled cities in Judea and Samaria, as photographers made sure to snap photos of the scene to post on the internet. Pictures of smiling Arabs with tasty treats made the rounds of social media, celebrating the bloody results of the vicious attack.

Three of the victims had to be extracted from under the truck with the assistance of a heavy crane.

An eyewitness to the attack said Arab passersby who were present at the time of the attack stood and applauded as the terrorist — 28-year-old Fadi Ahmad Hamdan al-Qunbar, a resident of the Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukabar who carried a blue Israeli ID card and an Israeli drivers license — reversed his vehicle and ran over the victims a second time.

The Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of the Gaza-based Hamas terrorist organization issued a statement shortly after the attack, saying Qubar was a released security prisoner who had served time in an Israeli prison. The group referred to the terrorist as a “mujaheed” — a jihadi fighter.

Hana Levi Julian

The Tamar Yonah Show – DEATH and REINCARNATION in Jewish Sources [audio]

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
You’re born.
You die.
You come back?

The concept of RE-INCARNATION according to Jewish sources. Learn the Inner meaning and secrets, as well as how it pertains to our deepest selves – OUR OWN SOULS.
Why is reincarnation necessary? Can a person remember who they were in a past life? How does reincarnation affect your current life?

Twelve years ago, Rabbi Pinchas Winston founded and created www.Thirtysix.org . It was to act as a means to share the depth and beauty of Judaism, especially from Torah sources to which many around the world have little or no access.
It is ancient,yet timeless wisdom, and crucial for living a productive and meaningful life.

Rabbi Pinchas Winston has written several books on spirituality, kabalah/Jewish Mysticism, with a special emphasis on the Messianic era and the END of Days.
Rabbi Pinchas Winston’s course ‘The Kabbalistic Understanding of Reincarnation’ can be found here: www.udemy.com/reincarnation/

The Tamar Yonah Show 19Dec2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Shaked: PA Must Remove Anti-Semitic Law Sentencing to Death Arabs Selling Land to Jews

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

A confrontation between Israel’s Justice Minister and a senior PA official at a Tel Aviv conference resulted in the former shaming the latter over his government’s anti-Semitic laws, Kippa reported Tuesday morning.

Deputy Chairman of the PLO Committee for the Interaction with the Israeli Society Elias Zananiri used the Globes Israel Business Conference Monday to attack Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked about the “land theft” that had taken place, in his opinion, in the Samaria community of Amona. He told Shaked, “Israel’s High Court of Justice determined in 1997 that the construction there was entirely illegal, and the land appropriation was illegal.” Now 20 years have passed and nothing happened, he continued.

“If a state like Israel, which keeps saying it respects the rule of law […] does not give me back my land, what can I as a Palestinian do? What answer do you have for me?”

“I have two things to tell you,” Minister Shaked responded. “One is that the government of Israel will honor the court’s ruling. Two, as a Palestinian you can convince the Palestinian Authority to erase the shameful, degrading and racist law prohibiting the sale of land to Jews, which sentences to death anyone who sells land to Jews.”

A few hecklers in the audience argued there was no connection between those two things, to which Shaked responded saying “They’re very much connected. This law is racist, it shames the law book of the Palestinian Authority. Had it not existed it would have been possible to resolve these cases with a straight purchase, and the land owner would have benefited. Because there are – let me tel you from my personal knowledge – many land owners who would have been eager to sell in such cases.”

Shaked added that the sellers would have received “very high returns” for their land. “They would have been compensated very well. But they’re afraid to sell because of the threat of the death penalty.”

In January 2016, Israel’s Channel 2 broadcast footage of Ta’ayush activist Ezra Nawi boasting that he has worked together with B’Tselem activist Nasser Nawaj’ah, posing as a prospective Jewish purchaser of Arab land, then provided the Palestinian National Security Forces with the names and telephone numbers of Arab land brokers willing to sell land to Jews. Nawi said on tape that these brokers are beaten and executed: “The Authority catches them and kills them. But before they kill them they beat them up.”

David Israel

Soul Talk- “Exploring Life after Death” with hosts Rabbi David Aaron and Leora Mandel [audio]

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Each and every one of us come to this world for a limited time. We hope to live a meaningful and purposeful life and then….where do we go? What happens to us after we die? How do we understand the concept of “the world to come?” Join Rabbi David Aaron on Soul Talk to get a better understanding of life after death.

We welcome your questions and comments: soultalk@israelnewstalkradio.com

Soul Talk 11DEC2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

The Death of Outrage Revisited

Monday, October 10th, 2016

{Originally posted to the Commentary Magazine website}

As the nation reacted to a leaked “Access Hollywood” tape, Donald Trump reminded us that hypocrisy is a bipartisan affliction. Both Democratic outrage and the willingness of Republicans to excuse and rationalize their decision to stand behind him after Trump’s boasts of actions that are indistinguishable from sexual assault are a reflection of the deep cynicism as well as the hyper-partisanship that have done so much damage to our political culture.

The tape didn’t tell us anything about Donald Trump that we didn’t already know. Anyone who has followed his very public career over the last 30 years already knew he was a vile, vulgar man with a history of inappropriate conduct that ought to disqualify him for high office. Despite the shock it has generated, the notion that he was a sexual predator is no more surprising than the latest Russian-inspired leaks about Hillary Clinton that show she is a two-faced liar about trade and “open borders.” What’s interesting about the furor over the tape is that it shows how unprincipled so many of us are when it comes to politics. While Trump’s attempt to change the subject by talking about Bill Clinton’s behavior is no defense of his own conduct, those who raise that subject are right to the extent that it shows that most Democrats are hypocrites. It was only 18 years ago that liberals were telling us to “move on” from any discussion about the 42nd president’s behavior, which included proven instances of sexual harassment, not to mention Juanita Broaddrick’s accusation that Clinton raped her. Democrats told us then that this was “just sex” and an attempt to deflect the country from important issues. The Republican drive to impeach Clinton, which was technically about perjury but perceived by the country as an inquisition of his personal conduct was denounced as sexual prudery by much of the same liberal mainstream media and political establishment that currently wants to burn Trump at the stake. But Democrats aren’t the only hypocrites nor are they the most egregious examples of those who have adjusted their moral compass to suit the needs of their party.

Clinton’s impeachment trial may have been about perjury, but conservative commentary about his scandals was not limited to the question of lying. William Bennett spoke for many if not most conservatives when he wrote in his 1999 book The Death of Outrage: Bill Clinton and the Assault on American Ideals, that something more important was at stake in the debate about Clinton’s indiscretions. Bennett demolished the idea that “private misdeeds” had no impact on a leader’s ability to govern or on society as a whole. To the contrary, he reminded us that toleration of immorality undermined the very fabric of our political system because democracy simply doesn’t work without a belief in virtue.

Yet sadly, Bennett and many others on the right—including those who specifically present themselves to the public as religious conservatives—no longer seem to think virtue is a prerequisite for the presidency. Just as Clinton’s defenders decided that anything he did could be defended no matter how repugnant because the alternative meant granting victory to their Republican foes, conservatives have made the same immoral calculus in sticking with Trump.

They argue, not without some justification, that ditching Trump means abandoning the field to Hillary Clinton with incalculable consequences for the future of religious liberty and other key issues. But the price they are paying for their loyalty to Trump is higher than they seem to realize. The Democrats’ hypocrisy about Clinton and Trump is appalling, but their views were always rooted in the sort of situational ethics and moral relativism that is at the heart of the liberal worldview. Conservatives were supposed to be standing for something bigger than just what’s good for the Republican Party at any given moment. The case for conservatism as not merely arguments about fiscal sanity or foreign policy but also public virtue and constitutional principles is being undermined by the willingness of so many people to toss away their principles because of their abhorrence of Clinton. That many of these same people who spoke about the impact of the death of outrage with regard to Clinton are now willing to rationalize Trump’s egregious behavior makes their hypocrisy even worse than that of their liberal counterparts.

That moral collapse is made all the more egregious because Trump’s already minimal chances of victory in November evaporated in the last two weeks. If they were honest conservatives already knew that Trump is no conservative and likely to break most, if not all of his promises to them. That gave the lie to the urgency of their “Flight 93 election” arguments in which the choice was presented as a flawed billionaire or a liberal apocalypse. But the lesser of two evils talking point is now theoretical rather than reflecting a realistic option. The only things left for conservatives to defend in 2016 are their endangered Congressional majorities and their integrity. It remains to be seen whether enough Republicans can sufficiently distance themselves from Trump to hold on to their seats. But what is certain is that any conservative that sticks with him will be illustrating how the debate about the death of outrage and the assault on American ideals has come full circle with a vengeance.

Jonathan S. Tobin

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