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On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 7: The Nazi Legacy, Current Cinema and Questions of Judgment

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

In the recent period I've seen a number of films about the history and legacy of Nazism, most of them German and current, and I read about a new book on two legends of German cinema. The juxtaposition of these events in time seemed coincidental. Or was it?

Former Nazi Sergeant Fit For Trial At 93, German Court Says

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 11.02.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — A German court says a 93-year-old former SS sergeant charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he served ...

Polish Heritage Month Reveals Significant Underreported Stories From World War II

Greg Archer | Posted 10.20.2015 | Chicago
Greg Archer

Growing up in Chicago in the 1970s, I was aware that my parents were Polish immigrants. My father, William Krzos, was an engineer at GTE -- I was intrigued by his vague remarks about being in a German labor camp.

His Mother Turned Left at Auschwitz

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Ernie Hollander and his family arrived at Auschwitz in 1944. He was seventeen years old and on his coat he wore a large yellow Star of David. His mother had sewn it there for him. Ernie and his family had traveled three days by train without food in a crowded cattle car from Iloshvo, a town in the Carpathian Mountains in what was then Hungary.

The Week in Movies: Labyrinth of Lies, Mississippi Grind and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.23.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Depending on which source you believe, there are between one and two dozen -- yes, you read that right, dozen -- films opening this Friday in New York. Here is a brief look at a half-dozen of them.

91-Year-Old German Woman Charged On Nazi Allegations

AP | Eline Gordts | Posted 09.22.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they've charged a 91-year-old woman with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations she...

Deutsche Bank über alles...

Joel Sucher | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Joel Sucher

While other mega-banks have suffered the slings and arrows of regulatory retaliation there's something unique about Deutsche's problems and for me it's personal. I was born in Lubeck in Deutschland's north a few years after the war

Auschwitz Summer Cooling 'Showers' Anger Visitors

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 09.01.2015 | World

At least some visitors to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland were shocked to find what resembled showers installed near...

Forgiveness: Too Many Moral Absolutes?

Marina Cantacuzino | Posted 07.23.2015 | Impact
Marina Cantacuzino

Forgiveness is highly contested territory, a discourse that gets shoe-horned into over simplified, black and white reasoning, which is why I've tried to create a more nuanced and layered discussion by presenting it through the stories of real people who all think about and articulate forgiveness in different ways.

Why The Srebrenica Massacre Must Be Recognized As A Genocide

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Menachem Rosensaft

I cannot in good conscience mourn my brother as a victim of genocide unless I similarly mourn all other victims of genocide, including the victims at Srebrenica.

What Was It Like to Testify Against Nazi War Criminal Oskar Groening?

Quora | Posted 07.15.2015 | World

Originally I was supposed to testify in the trial of Oskar Groening after a whole list of people, but somehow they called on me to be first. That court was pretty disorganized so I decided that as soon as I got the opportunity to speak, I would do it.

Former Auschwitz Guard Convicted On 300,000 Counts Of Accessory To Murder

AP | DAVID RISING | Posted 07.15.2015 | World

LUENEBURG, Germany (AP) — Oskar Groening confessed during his trial to feeling "moral guilt" for serving as an SS sergeant at Auschwitz. On Wednesda...

Auschwitz Guard Convicted Of 300,000 Counts Of Accessory To Murder

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 07.15.2015 | World

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Former Auschwitz Guard Asks God For Forgiveness At Trial

AP | Posted 07.01.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served in Auschwitz says he helped the death camp function in his role sorting cash and valuables...

British Schoolboys Who Stole Auschwitz Artifacts Walk Free With Suspended Sentence

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2015 | World

KRAKOW, Poland, June 23 (Reuters) - A Polish court on Tuesday found two British teenagers guilty of stealing historical artifacts during a school hist...

German Court Says Former Auschwitz SS Medic Unfit For Trial

AP | Posted 06.22.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — A German court says it will not proceed with the trial of a former SS sergeant who served as a medic in the Auschwitz death camp becau...

Pope: 'Great Powers' Did Nothing When Jews Were Taken To Auschwitz

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion

FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday denounced what he calls the "great powers" of the world for failing to act ...

Unlikely Ally in War Against Deniers: The Nazis

Eli Verschleiser | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Eli Verschleiser

Instead of throwing Oskar Groening in jail, President Obama could bring him along on his next nuclear negotiation session to teach the Iranians a thing or two about how and what happened.

Former Auschwitz Guard Again Fit For Trial

AP | Posted 05.12.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — The trial of a 93-year-old former Auschwitz death camp guard has resumed after the suspect was deemed fit to face the court following ...

Former Nazi Guard Oskar Groening Too Sick To Appear In Court

AP | Posted 05.07.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — A court session in the trial of a 93-year-old former Auschwitz death camp guard has been called off because he is sick. Presiding Jud...

A Missed Call From the Past

David Sable | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
David Sable

We need to confront hate before it loses its human connection, because when it does, all of our moral hand-wringing and good and decent intentions collapse in a pool of irrelevancy. There is a straight line from Auschwitz to Rwanda and Cambodia and Darfur and, sadly, more. What more can we do?

Emily Kassie

'There's No Such Thing As Closure:' Holocaust Survivor Disappointed After Testifying In Nazi Trial | Emily Kassie | Posted 05.02.2015 | World

Max Eisen (Photo by Emily Kassie, The Huffington Post) Max Eisen, an 86-year-old survivor of Auschwitz, entered a courtroom in Lüneburg, Germany,...

Arthur Miller and Vanessa Redgrave Meet in Playing for Time

Michael Radou Moussou | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts
Michael Radou Moussou

In an exclusive interview with director-producer Linda Yellen, who produced 35 years ago the now classic television-film Playing for Time, we will examine the various approaches of cinema on the subject of the Holocaust.

New French Films Tackle Barbarism

Annette Insdorf | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Annette Insdorf

It seems more than coincidental that two powerful French films opening Friday deal with anti-Semitism, albeit in radically different ways. 24 Days dramatizes the 2006 kidnapping of a young Jewish man in Paris; Because I Was a Painter is a documentary about art created by inmates of Nazi camps.

Former Nazi Guard Says He 'Couldn't Imagine' Jews Surviving Auschwitz

AP | Posted 04.23.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — A former Auschwitz guard being tried on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder has testified that it was clear to him Jews were not exp...