Holocaust

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

He was born in Germany in 1925. Stephan Lewy and his Jewish family were able to flee that nation just after Kristallnacht in 1938, but he eventually returned to Europe as part of the U.S. Army, serving under General Patton's command and liberating many of his fellow Jews. Lewy, who now shares his life experiences with local students, was honored this week as Erie County's Senior of the Year.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

After more than a year, Congress has passed legislation to study the feasibility of designating Fort Ontario and the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum in Oswego as a national park.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Six candles were lit inside the offices of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz Thursday, a candle for every million Jews put to death as part of the Holocaust. But those taking part in the annual solemn ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day pointed out that it wasn't only Jews who were murdered by the Nazis, and that many ethnic minorities worldwide - and in America - are still being subjected to hate.


Mark Mulville, Buffalo News

This Sunday's Buffalo News will feature the special insert "The Survivors," an effort that looks to record the history of the region's Holocaust-era survivors, whose numbers are dwindling.  While the feature details personal experiences of horror and grief, there are also "stories of not forgetting the past, but taking that past and forging a strong present," said reporter Mark Sommer, who worked on the feature with colleagues Gene Warner and Mark Mulville.


Local lawyers are commemorating one of the most important court cases in history on the stage of a local middle school. Members of the Bar Association of Erie County will re-enact the 1946 Nuremberg Tribunal – an event that its organizers believe, even 70 years later, still has an impact on today’s society.


Holocaust Center joins alarm about hate crimes

Dec 9, 2016

In recent months, there has been a surge in reported hate speech - on Jews, Hispanics, Muslims, African Americans, women and members of the LGBTQ community. Now an international group of 90 organizations, including the Holocaust Center of Buffalo, plus 71 Holocaust scholars and educators have signed on to a statement condemning such intolerance.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A traveling exhibit that tells the tale of Nazi atrocities against homosexuals is now on display at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library's downtown central branch.

Andrew Beiter

Messages of hate have plagued society for many centuries, but they’ve never spread more rapidly than in today’s Internet society.

Polish Remembrance Day honors World War II victims

Aug 15, 2015
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An annual solemn ceremony will be held in the Town of Cheektowaga on Saturday to remember millions of people put to death during World War II, people who are not necessarily remembered as easily as the estimated six million Jews exterminated in Nazi death camps.

Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

Local officials and Jewish leaders marked the 70th anniversary Thursday of the liberation of concentration camps following the end of World War II in 1945. 

Photo by Mark Scott / WBFO News

Teachers from across Western New York gathered in West Seneca Monday for a day-long seminar where they were armed with the tools they need to teach about the Holocaust and ongoing human rights abuses. 

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of the most memorable stories of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust is used as a teaching tool on the Buffalo State campus. Since 2009, the Anne Frank Project has been educating new generations of college students about genocide and racism.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

A ceremony marking Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day, was held in Erie County's Rath Building on Friday.

Honoring the victims & survivors of the Holocaust

Apr 4, 2013
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The local Jewish community is honoring the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust. A remembrance service was held at City Hall Wednesday. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports holocaust survivors and their families say it must never be forgotten.