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Since 1992, the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous has been holding reunion ceremonies between Holocaust survivors and rescuers once a year. But the tradition is coming to an end, as many have died or are too frail to travel. What might be the last reunion of its kind took place when a 92-year-old woman met up with the two surviving family members that she helped hide during the Holocaust, and their descendants.

Sarah Yanai and Yossi Mor introduced Melpomeni Dina (nee Gianopoulou) to their almost 40 family members, all decedents of the Mordechai family, the family of seven that Dina and her two sisters hid during WWII. "There are no words to describe this feeling," Dina told the Jeruselum Post. "It is very emotional for us to be together again."

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New Book Reveals The U.S.’s Secret WWII Prisoner Exchange Program

A new book details the secret prisoner exchange program implemented by the Roosevelt administration.

Aerial photo of the Crystal City Alien Enemy Detention Facility. Image via the Texas Historical Commission.

Anyone who’s been through the fourth grade is probably familiar with the U.S.’s dark history of interning Japanese-Americans during World War II. A much lesser known story, however, is being brought to light in a new book called The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell which details how the U.S. secretly kidnapped thousands of Japanese-, German- and Italian-Americans to use in a clandestine prisoner exchange program called “quiet passage”. The Roosevelt administration repatriated people of Japanese, German and Italian descent, many of whom were born in the U.S., in swaps for American prisoners held hostage during and after wartime. In the meantime, the kidnapped civilians were interned at Crystal City from 1942 to 1948, when the internment camp was shut down.

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Image of the Day: Just Developed Photos of Pearl Harbor Attack [Update]

For nearly seven decades, this roll of film sat idle in an old Brownie camera. Just kidding. But the photos are still great.

For nearly seven decades, a roll of film that captured images of the attack on Pearl Harbor—the anniversary of which is Tuesday—sat idle in an old Brownie camera. There's some confusion over who shot the recently developed photographs, but they are incredible.

Thanks, Keith!

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