Alegra Shami, 84, with the only photo she has of her father. She was 16 when she arrived at Auschwitz. “They ordered us to stand in a line,” she said. “A young woman grabbed me and shouted, ‘Reach out your left arm. I’m going to put a number on it. And you will remember it for the rest of your life — if you survive at all — just for as long as you manage to survive.’ I’m 84 years old. My number is 76914.”
Gold and pearl earring found in the City of David archaeological excavation below the Old City walls in East Jerusalem, Israel. The earring was discovered in the ruins of a building that dates to the Byzantine period (4th-5th Centuries AD), but archaeologists at the site believe it is much older and was created during the Roman period, about 2,000 years ago.
Tallies of Jews rounded up in Paris. The often chilling records are being exhibited in the Paris Jewish district’s city hall to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the two-day “Vel d’Hiv” roundup, named for the Velodrome d’Hiver, or Winter Velodrome. Many thousands were rounded up on July 16 and 17, 1942, then holed up in miserable conditions in the stadium, just a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower, before being bused to the French camp at Drancy and then taken by train to Auschwitz.