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Holocaust Survivors

Live As Though You're Living a Second Time

Peter Himmelman | Posted 09.02.2015 | 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 07.31.2015 | 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 07.28.2015 | 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 07.20.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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...

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.

Before Liberation, A Tormented Flight

Ken Brack | Posted 05.06.2015 | Books
Ken Brack

Offen is a Holocaust survivor who was liberated from Mauthausen 70 years ago today. On the verge of starvation, he weighed 50 or perhaps 60 pounds. He could barely feel the sores all over his body, and a respiratory infection was spreading as he tried to recover from a beating.

250 Books Later, I Finally Tell Mom's Story

Michael Levin | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Michael Levin

You might ask what took me so long. My mom, Jenny Graubart, a Holocaust refugee who spent World War II in Havana with her family before entering the United States, finally has her life story inside hard covers. It only took her son, the author, decades to get around to making the book happen.

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.

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.

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.

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.

My Dinner with Günter Grass

Lee Daniel Kravetz | Posted 06.14.2015 | Books
Lee Daniel Kravetz

To suggest that Grass, who had, over his celebrated career, pushed his country to confront its Nazi past, was himself willingly affiliated with the Nazis was simply astonishing. For his part, Grass had denied affiliation, and continued to do so for more than half a century. Until now anyway.

I Don't Know What I Would Have Been Without Auschwitz

Edith Eva Eger | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Edith Eva Eger

On our way to Auschwitz my mother said something I never forgot, she said: 'We don't know where we're going. We don't know what's going to happen. Just remember, no one can take away from you what you put here in your own mind.' My mother had the biggest impact on me.

Katy Perry Shares Somber Message From Auschwitz

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact

Katie Perry struck a somber note on Wednesday while visiting the site of one of the most notorious concentration camps. The day after the "Roar" si...

Agents of Change: 5 Inspiring Souls Worthy of Our Attention Right Now

Greg Archer | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

They walk among us -- those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five stand-outs creating significant sea changes.

Holocaust Survivor on Returning to Auschwitz and What Freedom Really Is

Quora | Posted 04.19.2015 | Fifty
Quora

In many ways I can remember every detail of the liberation that happened 70 years ago. Nobody prepared us for what liberation would be like. I hoped then I could go home and find my family. We had a daily saying, like a mantra, "Someday soon I will be free and I will go home." But going home to me meant reuniting with my mother, father, and two older sisters, not just an empty house with four walls, which is what we found.

A Holocaust Survivor Band Plays The Music Of Their Youth

South Florida SunSentinel / The Associated Press | Lois K. Solomon | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — They're almost 90, survived the Holocaust and love to play music together, so why not? Saul Dreier and Reuben Sosnow...

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.

Aerial View Of Auschwitz Pays Gripping Tribute To Holocaust Victims

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact

Personal accounts are invaluable in documenting the horrors of the Holocaust. But a stunning aerial view of one of the most notorious concentration ca...

Never Again Must Begin With Never Forget

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

The lessons of the Holocaust are universal, but the scope and breadth of what befell its victims is quite particular.

Daydreaming Helped 13-year-old Auschwitz Prisoner Survive

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Alison van Diggelen

Seventy years ago today, the prisoners of Auschwitz were liberated. Irene Weiss is one of those survivors. She was 13 years old when she was captured, her long blond braids shaved off and her family killed in the gas chambers. Weiss sat down with me to share her inspirational story.