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Holocaust Memorial Day

Let action in Holocaust memorials open a discussion, instead of shaming: on the 'Yolocaust' selfies project

The Conversation Global | Posted 01.27.2017 | Home
The Conversation Global

Stefanie Loos/Reuters Irit Dekel, University of Virginia When German Israeli-born satirist Shahak Shapira's "Yolocaust" project went viral, I asked ...

Our Responsibility As Third Generation Holocaust Survivors

Jennie Shulkin | Posted 08.22.2016 | Impact
Jennie Shulkin

The passing of Elie Wiesel serves as a timely reminder that one day soon Holocaust survivors will no longer be able to tell their own stories.

Holocaust Remembrance Day -- Avenge and Revenge

Rabbi Baruch HaLevi | Posted 05.04.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi

My friend's grandfather survived the Holocaust, came to America and became a hairbrush maker. And woven into the bristles of every brush he made, using the brush fibers, he spelled out the Hebrew word "n'kmati -- my revenge." Every brush he made was an act of defiance against the Nazis.

Holocaust Survivors' Son Finds Peace Writing About Germany

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.17.2016 | Religion
Lev Raphael

Fans often ask me at readings which of my many books is my favorite. The answer doesn't pop up immediately, because I've published in many genres: mem...

Crossing the Line: When Criticism of Israel Becomes Anti-Semitic

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 01.28.2017 | Politics
Jonathan Greenblatt

To be specific, when a person conflates Jews, Israelis, and the Israeli government, it is anti-Semitic. When all Jews and all Israelis are held responsible for the actions of the Israeli government, it is anti-Semitic.

Solving a Family Mystery 68 Years After a Death on D-Day

Virgie Townsend | Posted 05.22.2016 | Impact
Virgie Townsend

Our family's love for Joe continues. His story is woven into our story, and it was even before we knew his name.

Who Will Tell Our Stories?

Aaron Elster | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Aaron Elster

Every man, woman and child has a story. For some it is found in the most unlikely of places, during one of the most horrific of times, where actions of a few meant life versus death. Mine is a story of survival: my own and my family's.

Trans-Generational Trauma: Passover, The Holocaust and My Grandma

Avram Mlotek | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Avram Mlotek

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.

How Have the Jewish People Survived?

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 06.13.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

"Why are there still Jews?" They are around because they are the carriers of the seed of unity, without which human society will not prosper. They are persecuted because they are not nurturing that seed, not letting it bud.

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Shouldering an Inheritance of Grief

Linda S. Haase | Posted 06.14.2015 | Religion
Linda S. Haase

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.

What (Only) the Jews Can Do to Prevent the Next Holocaust

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

We need to understand why there is anti-Semitism to begin with because despite numerous explanations, we have not figured out why it has endured for so many centuries, constantly wearing new attires, and most important, what can be done to finally uproot it.

Holocaust Remembrance Day--Remember the Dead, Preserve the Living

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

Every year right before Holocaust Remembrance Day, I reflect upon what might have been, and what the future holds, especially these days, as pre World War II anti-Semitic displays are reemerging, and the political climate is growing stormier concerning the state of Israel.

Putin, Al-Sisi, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Holocaust Remembrance

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In another of his pleasant encounters with world leaders, Russian president Vladimir Putin went to Egypt on February 8, staying until February 10.

Remembering Auschwitz: What Have We Learned?

Panache Desai | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Panache Desai

After these many years, you'd think we'd have evolved to a point where we no longer engage in genocides, mass murders, or flagrant violations of international law. But we do.

Auschwitz: A Cry of Despair and a Warning

Alain Vincenot | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Alain Vincenot

Today, the "cry of despair" has passed into the forgotten, and the "warning" is no longer heard. In Europe, and in France especially, anti-Semitic acts and phrases propagate like a virus.

The 5 Million Non-Jewish People Killed By The Nazis

HuffPost UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion

Six million Jewish people were murdered during the genocide in Europe in the years leading up to 1945, and the Jews are rightly remembered as the grou...

Obama Remembers Liberation Of Auschwitz-Birkenau On 70th Anniversary

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama released a statement Tuesday on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, citing the recent attacks in Pari...

Lessons From Auschwitz, 70 Years Later

Carlo Strenger | Posted 03.29.2015 | Home
Carlo Strenger

Soon no more Holocaust survivors will be alive, and our duty of remembering and understanding increases. This means, among other things, that we must face the uncomfortable truths about human nature that Auschwitz symbolizes.

Why Have So Many People Never Heard Of The Holocaust?

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.15.2014 | Religion

Being a Holocaust denier is one thing, but simply never having heard of the Holocaust is something the Anti-Defamation League wanted to explore with i...

Re-Imagining Holocaust Remembrance Day

Avram Mlotek | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Avram Mlotek

We can be dismissive of these events as isolated cases but, to do that would undermine a key factor: Antisemitism is not a Jewish problem; it is a deadly virus that endangers humanity, like racism, sexism and homophobia.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2014

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Why am I telling you all this? Perhaps it is a form of personal catharsis, atonement if you will, for never having taken the time or made the effort to learn more about Jewish history and culture, about the Jewish religion, and about the Jewish suffering.

Never Forget: Holocaust Survivor Shares Her Story

HuffPost Live | Posted 04.14.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

The Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust is an 8-day period designated by the U.S. Congress dedicated to our collective imperative to n...

Holocaust Survivor Werner Reich on Magic, Laughter, and 'The Great Nivelli'

Sandi Bachom | Posted 06.10.2013 | Home
Sandi Bachom

April 8 was Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah). It is the solemn occasion of the 70th year marking the murder of six million Jews and the uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto. Survivors like Werner are the last eyewitnesses, they are our most precious resource.

The Importance Of Holocaust Memorial Day

Karen Pollock | Posted 04.06.2013 | Religion
Karen Pollock

Whilst the Holocaust is an intensely personal Jewish tragedy, it is a tragedy with universal resonance. This national day has become something that Holocaust survivors deeply value.

This Place, This Time

Samara Hutman | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Samara Hutman

We live among and aside an extraordinary group of elders -- those who can, if they choose to and are able, speak to us in real time about this chapter in modern history that is unprecedented and lifetimes later still equally incomprehensible and heartbreaking.