Category Archives: The Holocaust

‘Butcher of Lyon’ Klaus Barbie found guilty 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jul 3 1987)


Video: 'July 3, 1987: Butcher of Lyon'

(Friday, July 3, 1987)Klaus Barbie, the 73-year-old former Gestapo chief known as the “Butcher of Lyon,” was convicted early today by a French court of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison. Continue reading ‘Butcher of Lyon’ Klaus Barbie found guilty 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jul 3 1987)

‘The Diary of a Young Girl,’ personal journal of Anne Frank, first published 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 25 1947)


Video: 'Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl'

(Wednesday, June 25, 1947)The Diary of a Young Girl, the personal journal of Anne Frank, a German-born Jewish girl hiding with her family from the Nazis in Amsterdam during World War II and The Holocaust, was first published today under the title The Annex: Diary Notes 14 June 1942 – 1 August 1944 by Contact Publishing in Amsterdam. Continue reading ‘The Diary of a Young Girl,’ personal journal of Anne Frank, first published 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 25 1947)

War crimes court at Nuremberg sees horror films 70 years ago today (Nov 29 1945)


Video: 'Nuremberg Day 8 Concentration Camp Film'

(Thursday, November 29, 1945; during the Nuremberg trials) — Tearing away the sanctimonious mask behind which the German leaders had cloaked their evil acts and intentions, the American prosecution presented today before the International Military Tribunal a one-hour nightmare in motion pictures depicting the fear and terror and the nameless horror of the concentration camps that, the prosecution charges, were an integral part of their hold on the German people.

Nazi war criminals enter ‘not guilty’ pleas at Nuremberg 70 years ago today (Nov 21 1945)


Video: 'Nuremberg Day 2 Defendants Plead (translated captions)'

(Wednesday, November 21, 1945; during the Nuremberg trials) — One day after the trial of the major Nazi war criminals by the International Military Tribunal began in Nuremberg, Germany, the defendants entered their pleas of “not guilty.”

Hermann Göring tried to make a statement, but was prevented by the court from doing so. Continue reading Nazi war criminals enter ‘not guilty’ pleas at Nuremberg 70 years ago today (Nov 21 1945)

German Jews deprived of citizenship by Nuremberg Laws 80 years ago today (Sep 15 1935)


Video: 'Nazi Germany - The Nuremberg Laws - Hitler and the Jews N03d'

(Sunday, September 15, 1935) — The Nuremberg Laws, which deprived German Jews of their citizenship, were introduced today by the Reichstag at the annual Nuremberg Rally of the Nazi Party. Continue reading German Jews deprived of citizenship by Nuremberg Laws 80 years ago today (Sep 15 1935)

Otto Frank confirms his daughters Margot, Anne are dead 70 years ago today (July 18 1945)


Video: 'Anne Frank (The Whole Story)' (July 18, 1945, at 2:53:02)

(Wednesday, July 18, 1945; during World War II)Otto Frank, who had returned to Amsterdam on June 3, 1945, having been liberated Jan. 27, 1945, at the Auschwitz concentration camp, confirmed today (via a Red Cross list, then confirmation from Lin Brilleslijper, a fellow inmate of the Frank girls at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp) that his daughters, Margot and Anne, had died in the Holocaust some time in February/March 1945. Continue reading Otto Frank confirms his daughters Margot, Anne are dead 70 years ago today (July 18 1945)

‘Anne Frank Remembered’ premieres on Disney Channel 20 years ago this hour (June 8 1995)


Video: 'Anne Frank Remembered' trailer

(Thursday, June 8, 1995, 9:00 p.m. EDT)Anne Frank Remembered, a documentary film about the life of the diarist and Holocaust victim Anne Frank, premiered tonight on the Disney Channel.

Directed by Jon Blair, the film featured Kenneth Branagh and Glenn Close and won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1996.