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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Choosing Love Over Fear

Grace de Rond | Posted 05.08.2015 | Fifty
Grace de Rond

At 8 p.m. on May 4, the entire population of the Netherlands stopped for two minutes of silence to remember the people who died during WWII. It happens annually, and it's always dramatic and moving to witness.

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,...

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.

New Articles Explore Holocaust Education for a New Generation

Penny Schwartz | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Penny Schwartz

Holocaust Remembrance Day, observed last week, included many commemorations and programs that honored survivors, most of who are now in their 80s and...

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.

Gene Simmons' Mom, the Holocaust, and Me

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 06.17.2015 | Fifty
Arlene Nisson Lassin

In my writing career I have often written Holocaust survivor stories for newspapers and magazines, and I believe in the importance of sharing as many eyewitness accounts as possible. No two stories are the same, and it always amazes me how people clung to their will to live despite atrocities that the world had never seen before.

Emily Kassie

As March At Auschwitz Commemorates The Holocaust, Poles Reflect On Their Country's Attitudes Toward Jews | Emily Kassie | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion

KRAKOW, Poland -- On April 16, 10,000 marchers, most of them Jews and Holocaust survivors from more than 12 countries, marched from Auschwitz I to Bir...

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Remember Those Who Perished and Say a Prayer for Peace

Cathy Chester | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Cathy Chester

As I say private prayers for the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust I will continue to keep hope in my heart that all wars, all genocides, will someday come to an end so that future generations will, as it says in Isaiah, never "learn war any more."

In Honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Today, we join together to remember the six million European Jews murdered by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust. The people of Israel and those from all around the world will pause today for Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom Hashoah.

The Rabbi and Bishop Who Saved a Greek Jewish Community

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Anav Silverman

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.

Standing Up and Speaking Out

Curt Goering | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Curt Goering

During times of persecution, discrimination and repression, there are always brave defenders, like the ones in the Warsaw ghetto in 1943, who dare to stand up, speak out and resist torture and other human rights violations. Their stories are not widely known, but it is important that we honor them.

Growing Up With the Holocaust as a Writer

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Lev Raphael

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.

Never Forget: Holocaust Roots and Living Green, an Earth Week and Holocaust Remembrance Day Reflection

Chana Widawski | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Chana Widawski

While my friends' moms were making gourmet soups from recipes in store-bought cookbooks, I watched my mom chop k'nubel (garlic) for p'tcha, a jellied meat dish made from calves' feet.

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.

Why We Need To Remember The Mothers Of Auschwitz

The New York Times | HAROLD EVANS | Posted 04.15.2015 | Religion

Good morning, my pretty lady, are you pregnant? The questioner in the sunshine was a smiling doctor, a charmer in his early forties, impeccably dre...

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.

Using Education to Eradicate Hate

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 06.13.2015 | College
Dr. Alan Kadish

This year Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah, comes against a backdrop of anti-Semitic acts across Europe and on college campuses across the United States.

Their Stories, Our Stories: Looking Toward Holocaust Remembrance Day

Barbara Stark-Nemon | Posted 06.09.2015 | Books
Barbara Stark-Nemon

With Passover just behind us, and Holocaust Remembrance Day just ahead, Jews with family Holocaust stories have a double opportunity to reflect on their history of bondage, persecution, freedom and redemption.

Eli, Eli: On Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sara Goldfarb | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Sara Goldfarb

He shuffled, right foot followed crookedly, but steadily, by left to the table. He held the small mug of tea gingerly between his slender fingers. Drops threatened to spill over the mug's thin lip with each measured step. But his ambition was greater than his gait. He sat.

For Yom HaShoah: Reaching Out to 'The Other'

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Ellen Cassedy

On Yom HaShoah, the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, we remember the Jews killed in the Holocaust. On April 16, I will remember the six million. And I will remember the afternoon I spent recently with a group of nuns -- an encounter that surprised me and gave me hope.

A World Without Tolerance

Miri Ben-Ari | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Miri Ben-Ari

As the world continues to move forward, discrimination and racism unfortunately have not disappeared from the face of the earth; on the contrary, they exist and even rule some parts of our world.

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.

The Heart Inside My Chest Is Not My Own

Jessica Katz | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Jessica Katz

I quiet myself down, take deep breaths and listen to my heart beat. Sometimes the world can seem so chaotic, that only breathing can bring me back to the center of who I am.

A Gesture for Today's Victims

Stephanie Courouble Share | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Stephanie Courouble Share

The remembrance shouldn't only aim to honor the victims; it should also serve to alert the current generation by teaching it to identify the warning signs of a potential genocide. Past experience should serve the present.

Tomorrow the World Will Be Listening to the Voices of Auschwitz

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Dorian de Wind

Vanessa Gera at the Associated Press observes, that, a decade ago, on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark that occasion. But, she says, "On Tuesday, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest in their 70s."