Holocaust

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In 1945 General Dwight D. Eisenhower, later to become President Eisenhower, wanted the world to see what he called the “indescribable horror” of concentration camps after they were liberated. That’s why he suggested the United States take videos and photographs of the death and devastation. Dwight Eisenhower’s grandson, David Eisenhower, was at the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida Monday to talk about the legacy of what his grandfather did.

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New York Times bestselling author and investigative journalist Edwin Black is returning to Southwest Florida to give two lectures at Florida Gulf Coast University.

The first will focus on "Black Victims of Nazi Policy: From Africa to Berlin to North Carolina," and the second will be on "Eugenics and the Ethics of Scientific Racism."

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The atrocities of the Holocaust are the focus of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in late January, but the observation of Yom HaShoah in late April is a date on the Jewish calendar set aside specifically to remember the nearly 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazis and their collaborators. 

There is a violin shop in Tel Aviv, whose owner has spent the past two decades repairing violins that belonged to Jewish musicians during the holocaust.

These "Violins of Hope," he says, give a voice to the voiceless.

Photo provided by Amnon Weinstein

Amnon Weinstein grew up in Tel Aviv surrounded by ghosts. His parents, Jews from Eastern Europe who moved to what in 1938 was known as Palestine, rarely spoke of the 400 family members killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. In the 2014 book "Violins of Hope" by James A. Grymes, Weinstein recalls growing up in a household whose grief kept them from speaking about those lost family members; a home haunted by the tears of refugees crying themselves to sleep in the Weinstein's guestroom.

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