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How a tragic death sparked a drive to save thousands of lives

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In 1997, Fox Point native Dr. Miriam Cremer was in her fourth year of medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To complete her clinical rotation, she went to Arcatao, a small village in northern El Salvador. She was helping to provide basic healthcare needs to the community when she witnessed a tragic, unnecessary death. “There was a young woman in our village who died of cervical cancer by bleeding to death in her home,” said Cremer, who later became a board certified obstetrician. “She had only aspirin for pain control.” The death was particularly tragic because...

Speaker to shed light on lesser known aspect of Holocaust

Speaker to shed light on lesser known aspect of Holocaust

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  There is a gap in American understanding of the Holocaust, and the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation is bringing in a speaker to help fill that. Americans’ view of the Holocaust is shaped by the stories told by Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel, and through photographs […]

Wisconsin senators support legislation on Holocaust assets

Wisconsin senators support legislation on Holocaust assets

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  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined with three others in Congress to introduce legislation designed to help track Holocaust assets for survivors and their families. Baldwin introduced the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act in concert with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. representatives Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Chris Smith (R-NJ). The legislation […]

Jewish Social Services of Madison brings in Syrian refugees

Jewish Social Services of Madison brings in Syrian refugees

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  MADISON — Last fall, about a year before the election of Donald Trump, Jewish Social Services of Madison, a small but active nonprofit known for assisting people of all backgrounds, began asking itself how it could assist with the refugee crisis. “I started work on Sept. 15, 2015, and I got an email that […]

Q&A with the Father Patrick Desbois

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During the “Holocaust by Bullets,” entire communities that never saw the camps were murdered. An exhibit focusing on that aspect of the Holocaust is coming to Milwaukee this spring, along with the man responsible for the field work that has brought these stories out of the past and into the present. The Rev. Patrick Desbois has spent years […]

Downtown exhibit on Holocaust by Bullets

Downtown exhibit on Holocaust by Bullets

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  From April 20 through May 23 the Holocaust by Bullets museum exhibit will be on display in Milwaukee, giving people the chance to learn about this lesser-known side of the Holocaust. Created from the work done by the Rev. Patrick Desbois, a French priest, the exhibit includes photographs and videotaped eye witness testimonies about […]

The Holocaust – not just by camps but also by bullets

The Holocaust – not just by camps but also by bullets

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People think they know what happened during the Holocaust, but there’s an aspect of it that has remained buried for decades, and has only recently garnered more public notoriety. When people think of the Holocaust, said Hannah Rosenthal, president and CEO of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, they tend to think of concentration and death camps, […]

Remembering a horrific camp known for art

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  A spring series of local events focuses on creativity during the Holocaust, looking deeply at how art was part of the lives of people and children imprisoned in a Czech concentration camp. People created art in many of the camps used by Germans to imprison Jews and others, but what happened at Terezin was […]