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Holocaust Survivors

Historic Dental Organization Promotes Helping Disadvantaged Youth in NYC

Jim Luce | Posted 11.16.2016 | New York
Jim Luce

Last week, the New York City chapter of Alpha Omega (AO) International Dental Fraternity celebrated a global tradition with an evening reminiscent of ...

Stones Of Remembrance In Lithuania

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 09.12.2016 | World
Ellen Cassedy

There's no doubt that anti-Semitism is alive and well in Lithuania today. Yet an opposite tendency - a desire among Lithuanians to remember and honor the Jewish past - is also plain to see.

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.

New York City Helps Struggling Holocaust Survivors: A Call To Action

Masha Pearl | Posted 08.05.2016 | Impact
Masha Pearl

New York City Council Rally For Support of Funding For Holocaust Survivors From left: Karen Spar Kasner, UJA-Federation of New York, Chair, NY Govern...

Holocaust Survivor's Baseball Game Wish Finally Gets Granted

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 05.23.2016 | Fifty

This past weekend, 89-year-old Hermina Hirsch stood on a baseball field in front of a microphone. Less than two minutes later, she had finally fulfill...

How One Man Saved 140 Jewish Children in the Far East From the Holocaust

Anav Silverman | Posted 05.18.2016 | World
Anav Silverman

Nearly 75 years ago, the Nazis launched Operation Barbarossa, a massive invasion of the Soviet Union, in which 4.5 million Axis soldiers surprised the Soviets with blitzkrieg attacks across the 2,900-kilometer border.

It's a Wide, Wide World

Tom Allon | Posted 05.11.2016 | New York
Tom Allon

Growing up in New York, I had a view of the world similar to the old Steinberg poster: after Broadway and Columbus and Central Park came 5th Avenue and then came California and then China and Australia in the distant horizon.

Amazing Moments: Son Asks Grandma About Holocaust

Mike Song | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Mike Song

I hear many angry voices in the world but I am not angry. I understand the anger but I never let it take me over. When we start restricting people based on religion -- we are going down the very pathway my mother describes, and we seem to be forgetting the past.

The Empty Seat at the Seder Table: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 04.15.2016 | Religion
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

As a little girl, my mother took me to see Marjorie Morningstar, a movie about a Jewish girl, played by Natalie Wood, who wants to follow an unconvent...

The Presidential Election Has Taken Us Down a Dangerous Path

Gene Klein | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Gene Klein

It is the silent, the inactive, who allow tyrants to have their way. I want the Democrats, the Independents and the moderate Republicans to listen. Because if we all take part in the political process, if we all speak out, if we all vote, then these few months can be an aberration in our history rather then the beginning of a disaster.

Dear Netanyahu: Radical Zionists Like You Cannot Survive

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.23.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Ending the occupation is not a charitable gift to the Palestinians. Only by accepting their right to a state of their own will Israel remain a Jewish and democratic state enjoying peace and security, instead of being drawn toward an abyss from which there is no salvation.

Moral Man in an Immoral World: Celebrating Aristides de Sousa Mendes

Michael Berenbaum | Posted 02.04.2016 | Arts
Michael Berenbaum

Amidst the current refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa, many people have looked back at the dismal record of the world in responding to...

How I Got There: Dagmar Lieblova

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 01.17.2016 | Impact
Lan Anh Vu

Dagmar Lieblova is Holocaust survivor and the chairperson and cofounder of the Terezin Initiative. Lieblova was 14 years old when she and her family were transported to Auschwitz. Lan Anh Vu sat down with Lieblova to hear more about her survival story: a testament to the resilience and strength of the human spirit.

Epigenetics: Embracing the Role It Plays in Your Life

Greg Archer | Posted 12.03.2016 | Books
Greg Archer

Seventy-five years ago, Joseph Stalin's henchmen (the NKVD) came pounding on my Polish family's door in Eastern Poland. It wasn't until 2012, after a series of serendipitous events, that I decided it was time for me to do some knocking on a few doors myself -- the doors of history.

'A Town Called Brzostek' Among the Compelling Documentaries at the 27th Polish Film Festival in America

Greg Archer | Posted 11.11.2016 | Chicago
Greg Archer

English professor and social anthropologist Jonathan Webber may not have known the full extent of his actions when he first felt compelled to rebuild a cemetery in the bucolic Polish town of Brzostek, where his grandfather was born.

Pnina Gutman: Who Am I, What Is My Name?

Varda Epstein | Posted 11.09.2016 | Religion
Varda Epstein

What would it feel like to have no family tree? To not know who your parents were, or where you come from? In so many ways, our families define us.

Why These Jewish Teens Are Listening To The Stories Of Holocaust Survivors

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion

Jewish teenagers in fifteen countries from around the globe will meet with Holocaust survivors on Nov. 6-7, for "A Shabbat to Remember." The event, or...

Polish Heritage Month Reveals Significant Underreported Stories From World War II

Greg Archer | Posted 10.19.2016 | 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 10.05.2016 | 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.

Live As Though You're Living a Second Time

Peter Himmelman | Posted 09.02.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

Viktor Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist born in the early 1900s. He wrote a classic called, "Man Search for Meaning." If you haven't read it, you s...

Effective Altruism: The World is One Family

Eric Gastfriend | Posted 07.31.2016 | Impact
Eric Gastfriend

EA asks us to think critically, strategically, and rationally about issues such as what global causes to prioritize, which careers will enable us to achieve the most social good, and which charities can reduce the most suffering per dollar spent.

Why Holocaust Analogies Aren't Helping Republicans Win Jewish Votes

John A. Tures | Posted 07.28.2016 | Entertainment
John A. Tures

Republicans have done everything they can to win the Jewish vote, never missing an opportunity to link Democrats and any foreign policy opponent to the Nazis and the Holocaust. They just don't get how offensive such remarks are to Jewish voters, continuing to drive them toward Democrats.

The Light and Wonder: A Tribute to Mark Sternlicht

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 07.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

I discovered yesterday that Mark was the inventor of the portable flashlight; a tool to illuminate the darkness. In my mind, as we have heard today fr...

When Music Restores Faith in Humanity

Nicholas Alexander Brown | Posted 05.29.2016 | Arts
Nicholas Alexander Brown

Let's face it -- the news is depressing. This is nothing new, and it isn't likely to change any time soon. Therefore, it's always refreshing to come across a story that manages to uplift, in spite of connections to difficult issues in both our past and present.

What Happened When A Holocaust Survivor Met The Grandson Of A Nazi Who Killed His Family

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.08.2015 | Religion

Ben Lesser, a prominent voice among Holocaust survivors, was hesitant before meeting the grandson of a Nazi commander responsible for the deaths of hi...