Memoria [EN] No. 14 (11/2018) - Page 5

A Polish Catholic nun who was honored by Israel for helping to hide Jewish would-be resistance fighters in her convent during World War II has died aged 110. Among those who hid in the small convent of nine Dominican nuns during the war was poet and activist Abba Kovner.

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Some drowned or hanged themselves, others jumped out of windows or took poison – but even today, it is not clear how many Jews committed suicide in the wake of Kristallnacht, exactly 80 years ago.

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Shakira Martin, President of the National Union of Students UK (NUSUK), reflects on visiting the Auschwitz Memorial: "It was upon witnessing a friend who, upon seeing their family name amongst the victims, simply broke down into tears, that a very important message was brought home to me..."

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The monkey's fur is worn away. It's nearly a century old. A well-loved toy, it is barely four inches tall. It was packed away for long voyages, on an escape from Nazi Germany, to Sweden and America. And now, it's the key to a discovery that transformed my family.

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