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First woman ordained as rabbi in Germany since WWII
November 5th, 2010
02:24 PM ET

First woman ordained as rabbi in Germany since WWII

Alina Treiger, 31, became the first female rabbi in Germany since World War II with her ordination Thursday, the German news outlet The Local reported.

Treiger, who was born in Ukraine but moved to Berlin, Germany, in 2001, was ordained before an audience that included 30 prominent rabbis from around the world, some of whom are women, the report said.

Read the full story at CNN's This Just In Blog.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Europe • Germany • Judaism

October 28th, 2010
11:41 AM ET

'You don't forget': Medic's Holocaust diary tells story of hell

The tattered journal, its pages yellow with age, contains the painful memories of a U.S. medic, a man who recorded the deaths of soldiers who survived one of World War II's bloodiest battles yet met their end as slaves in Nazi Germany.

32. Hamilton 4-5-45
33. Young 4-5-45
34. Smith 4-9-45
35. Vogel 4-9-45
36. Wagner 4-9-45

"Some were dying," said its author, Tony Acevedo, now 86. "Some died, and I made a notation of that."

Flipping through the pages, you encounter a horrific part of world history through the eyes of a 20-year-old inside a slave labor camp.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Europe • Germany • Holocaust • Judaism

Exhibit explores how Hitler taught a nation to hate
October 16th, 2010
03:55 PM ET

Exhibit explores how Hitler taught a nation to hate

Playing cards with images of Hitler. Toy fuhrers. And a lamp and church tapestry with swastikas emblazoned across the front.

No, it's not a neo-Nazi convention. Rather, it is a groundbreaking exhibit that opened Friday in the German capital and is intended to show Adolf Hitler's relationship with the German people.

Germany has produced exhibits on the Holocaust and Nazism before but never since World War II has one focused solely on the man who taught an entire nation to hate.

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Filed under: Europe • Germany • Holocaust • Judaism

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