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  • Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America

    Through insider accounts, Justice Department documents and research in four countries, Citizen 865 chronicles the setbacks, failures and great successes of a small team of federal prosecutors and historians that spent decades working to expose a brutal group of Nazi war criminals living in the United States. In 1990, in a basement archive in Prague, two American historians made a startling discovery: a Nazi roster from 1945 that no Western investigator had ever seen. The long-forgotten document, containing more than 700 names, helped unravel the details behind the most lethal killing operation in World War Two. In the tiny Polish village of Trawniki, the SS set up a school for mass murder and then recruited a roving army of foot soldiers, 5,000 men strong, to help annihilate the Jewish population of occupied Poland. More than 1.7 million Jews were murdered in fewer than 20 months, the span of two Polish summers. After the war, some of these men vanished, making their way to the U.S. and blending into communities across America. Though they participated in some of the most unspeakable crimes of the Holocaust, “Trawniki Men” spent years hiding in plain sight, their secrets intact. In a story spanning seven decades, Citizen 865 details the wartime journeys of two Jewish orphans from occupied Poland who outran the men of Trawniki and settled in the United States, only to learn that some of their one-time captors had followed. A team of prosecutors and historians pursued these men and, up against the forces of time and political opposition, battled to the present day to remove them from U.S. soil.
  • Rialto Unified Holocaust essay assignment

    The 26,000-student Rialto Unified School District in Southern California asked its 2,000 eighth graders this spring to write an in-class essay assignment on whether or not the Holocaust occurred, and gave students print-outs from a Holocaust denial site as one of three "credible sources" they were required to base their work on. The district initially claimed that no students had denied the Holocaust occurred, but after the students' essays were obtained through a California Public Records Act request, it turned out that dozens of students had done so, some of them earning high marks along the way. The revelation led to international condemnation, the establishment of a new lesson plan for the rising ninth graders, the departure of high-ranking officials within the district and may have contributed to the school board president choosing to not run for reelection.
  • Missing Millions

    A year-long Washington Post investigation discovered more than 1,000 “significant diversions” of assets from the nation's nonprofits, documenting for the first time a pervasive pattern of unreported financial crime at some of America's most prominent institutions. The organizations victimized ranged from international aid organizations and leading charities to a litany of grassroots groups –feeding centers for hungry families, women’s shelters, even a home for abused children. The size of the losses was often stunning: $43 million at an AIDS organization, $60 million at a charity for Holocaust survivors, $106 million at a major university. Just 10 of the largest diversions totaled more than a half-billion dollars, indicating that the universe of thefts was many billions. Even more disturbing was what was missing from financial disclosure reports. In violation of IRS reporting rules, most of the organizations kept the details of the crimes to themselves. Most failed to disclose the amount stolen on their reports, and many more gave no hint who took the money or what the organization had done in response. Federal and state authorities had done nothing to find out or hold those groups accountable.
  • MOMA's Problematic Provenances

    In January 2010, the heirs of the German artist George Grosz lost a lawsuit against the Musuem of Modern Art. Their claim for three paintings was rejected on the grounds that the statue of limitations had run out before the suit was filed. But many observers experienced in the field of Holocaust-era art restitution believed that if the judge had considered the facts instead of ruling on a technicality, the verdict would have been different.
  • "Annie's Ghosts"

    Steve Luxenberg had always believed his mother was an only child. Shortly before her death, however, it was revealed that she had a "disabled sister." Once Luxenberg started digging, a multitude of secrets were revealed, including his mother's attempts at hiding her sister's existence. His investigation acknowledges how his aunt and so many others came to live anonymously in mental hospitals for so long.
  • The Swedish Crusade

    The interview of Bishop Richard Williamson led to the most serious conflict between the Jewish and the Catholic communities. In the interview the Bishop denied the existence of the Holocaust, who was excommunicated from the Church. Though, after the Pope lifted this excommunication, criticism of the Pope and the Vatican began. The follow-up revealed that the "persons responsible within the Vatican could have avoided the upcoming crisis, but decided to neglect the information".
  • Unraveling the Mystery of the "Dead City"

    A painting by Egon Schiele titled "Dead City" belonged to Fritz Grunbaum and his wife before they died in the Holocaust. A quarter of a century later the struggle for recovering art raided by the Nazis still lasts as heirs try to reclaim the work.
  • Holocaust Papers

    The series examines the Nazi records and postwar documents kept under seal by the Read Cross for more than 60 years.
  • Terror Television: How Taxpayer-financed Al-urra became a platform for terrorists and Holocaust deniers

    "Shortly after the hiring of news director Larry Register in November 2006, US Taxpayer-financed Arab TV network Al-Hurra dropped its policy of not broadcasting terrorists live and unchallenged. As a result, Hamas operatives became regular live guests, and among other examples, the network provided uncritical, straightforward coverage of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Holocaust conference in December 2006."
  • Prisoner of her Past

    Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune looks into his elderly mother's disease, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While many doctors couldn't put a label on the disease until the 1980's, PTSD has become a major topic of discussion among Holocaust survivors.