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.
Denial is the final fortress of those who commit genocide and other atrocities. It not only damages the victims and their communities, but also promises a future based on lies, sowing the seeds of more conflict and repression.
The problem appears to be that our repeated declarations of never again are directed at the genocide itself and not at the indifference and cowardice that enabled it. Until that changes, we will continue to live in the Age of Genocide.
The Ottoman Turks kicked off their plans to wipe out the Armenians on April 24, 1915 by rounding up intellectuals and hanging them. Soon after, the mass killings began. This was a systematic, well-organized effort with just one goal: to annihilate the Armenians.
I sit across from my grandmother at the Seder table. "Grandma," I say, "I'm wondering what it's like for you, as a Holocaust survivor, who fled Germany as a child, to read these words, 'in every generation an enemy rises'?" She raises her eyebrows and sighs, as if she doesn't have what to say. My grandma has plenty to say.
Although only a few months old, they are scuffed and well-worn. Their white soles already marked from climbing trees and exploring parks, playgrounds and backyards. They are I'm-a-big-kid-now shoes, full of adventure, potential, growth and a future of life and possibility.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge. It is an event that made hardly a blip on the radar of international news back then, and its remembrance four decades on is likely to make even less of one.
JERUSALEM -- That the acknowledgment of the genocide by the pope and Kim Kardashian's trip to Armenia were so newsworthy and were hailed as such a great "PR disaster for Turkey" shows that something went terribly wrong over the course of the last century.
April 17th, 2015 marks 40 years since the Khmer Rouge took Phnom Penh and unleashed a wrath of vengeance against its own people. The genocide war in Cambodia left almost 2 million people dead from execution, starvation and disease.
Why should Jews invoke their plight on Yom HaShoah? Because part of the memory of our collective experience, is standing up for the helpless, rendered voiceless by evil-doers.
The organizers behind the Jewish Rescuers Citation Award ceremony view believe it is especially important to expose Jewish youth to the phenomena of Jewish rescue during the Holocaust as a model for Jewish solidarity and courage.
As a youth I thought being the son of survivors was a burden, but I gratefully came to see it as a gift because it not only gave me a mission, it was the first subject that animated my writing. It's what helped me find my voice.
April 24, 2015 will mark the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. With President Obama's second term coming to a close, let's hope that he will take this unique opportunity to recognize it.
It's the shoes that make me cry. In a photo of my mother from 1924, I am drawn to her scuffed Mary Jane shoes. I remember my grandchildren toddling in their Robeez. In 1944-45, Jews were told to remove their shoes and then shot and pushed into the river. Only their shoes remained behind. Some of them were so tiny.
At our family's Passover Seders, in addition to the four children scripted to ask symbolic questions, there was always a fifth child at the table, the child who did not survive the Holocaust.
President Obama made a promise to the people of Darfur: "We can't say 'never again' and allow it to happen again. As President of the United States, I don't intend to abandon people or turn a blind eye to slaughter." Well, Mr. President, that's exactly what's happening.