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His Mother Turned Left at Auschwitz

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 10.05.2015 | 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.

No Place Like Homeland

Jeffrey Ruoff | Posted 10.01.2015 | Arts
Jeffrey Ruoff

The documentary follows months, weeks, and days leading up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and months into the subsequent occupation. Shot in Baghdad and the countryside on a lightweight video camera, this electrifying five-and-a-half hour film divides into two parts, Before the Fall and After the Battle.

Cannes Grand Prix Winner "Son of Saul": A Critical Review

Karin Badt | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The story Nemes invents: that of Saul Auslander, a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, who when he sees a boy being murdered (apparently his son) becomes determined, and then obsessed, to give the boy a religious burial.

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.

The Human Element: Dr. Lori Shocket at the Museum of Tolerance

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 06.22.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

What makes this particular exhibition even more timely and salient, is that the art of collage itself is currently experiencing a major resurgence in popularity among new generations of contemporary post-internet artists and critics, ranging from the analog embrace of craft to analytical conceptualism at the highest levels.

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...

Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel in a New Way

Ron Kronish | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

For many years, I and many other people I know have had trouble commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel. I can't bear to view the official state ceremonies on television, broadcast from Yad Vashem, with all their clichés and us-against-the-world ideology.

Should the Swastika Be Rehabilitated or Forever Damned? A Surprising Debate

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Four hundred years or more from now, could the narrative be changed? Could the swastika become a symbol of victory over persecution and genocide?

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."

Bread and Jam on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion
Ellen Cassedy

I hope for a world where reaching a hand across cultures is a part of daily life, as natural as a slice of bread and jam.

Unrelenting Gore

Peter Himmelman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

In the end I suppose, the greatest single reason to stop sharing the brutal images on Facebook is because they become less moving over time. When we've seen enough of them, our humanity will leech away -- just as it appears to have done in the minds and hearts of our enemies.

Losing Our Religion: The Death of Christian Mosul

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J.

The advance of ISIS in Syria and Iraq has all but wiped out some of the most ancient Christian communities. Some of the most important early Christian manuscripts which resided in monasteries there have been burned.

Ritual and Shoah Memory

Rabbi Avi Weiss | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Avi Weiss

It's 70 years since the Shoah. That generation is dying. The second generation, my generation, is growing older. With all of this unfolding -- how shall we remember into the future?

Human Smoke and Nazis: The Good, the Bad and the Annoying

Tom Alderman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Books
Tom Alderman

Human Smoke is chock-full of small, often powerful but unrelated scenes. What you get is a Jackson Pollack painting in audio: a lot of vivid colors and absolutely no shape to any of it. It's a helter-skelter of disjointed events and it's up to us to connect the dots.

Aftermath Film Powerfully Evokes Polish Anti-Semitism

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Abraham H. Foxman

The history of Poland and the Jews is a lot more complicated than some would have it. Still, the power of anti-Semitism in modern Poland is real and never has it so brilliantly been portrayed as in the Polish film Aftermath, which recently came to the United States.

The Last of the Unjust

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 02.22.2014 | World
Stephen D. Smith

After almost 40 years to think it through, it is clearer than ever that Lanzmann understands Benjamin Mumelstein, Alteste Der Juden in Terezin as a man of immense stature.

You Cannot Teach the Holocaust to Palestinians!

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
Stephen D. Smith

Mohammed Dajani teaches about the Holocaust to Palestinians although he insists it is impossible to do so.

Fate, Faith and Fortune: A Book for Hanukkah and Christmas

Jack Levison | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

The Family tells the true story of how Laskin's family of Torah scribes and humble shopkeepers split into three branches at the turn of the last century.

The Last of the Unjust and Its Auteur Are Self-Referential

Stanton Peele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Stanton Peele

Murmelstein's opponents in these events are uniformly presented as small-minded and devious, even as the film -- and Murmelstein -- affect a modest sense of irony and self-criticism. Yes, in his humility, Murmelstein manages to be quite self-aggrandizing.

Movies: NYFF 2013 #2 -- Lanzmann's Latest, Miyazaki's Farewell

Michael Giltz | Posted 11.20.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

To the casual observer, the documentary film The Last Of The Unjust is very much of a piece with director Claude Lanzmann's masterpiece Shoah (1985). But for those intimately familiar with that movie, this is a subtly radical departure.

More Than 40 Suspected Auschwitz Guards Still Alive In Germany

AP | Posted 08.26.2013 | World

BERLIN -- The head of the special German prosecutors' office that investigates Nazi crimes says a probe of 50 suspected former Auschwitz guards is nea...

Rare Children's Sketches Surface From The Holocaust

Posted 06.19.2013 | Arts

"One million five hundred thousand Jewish children were murdered in the Shoah. Man will never be able to face this fact with full comprehension," Isra...

18 Plagues: The First-Ever Shoah Seder

Barbara Wind | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
Barbara Wind

We must raise interest and awareness of protecting the history of the Holocaust in order to protect the world. The Shoah Seder, which took place last Sunday, aims to do that.

Cannes: Spielberg, Lanzmann, Borders, and Parties

Annette Insdorf | Posted 07.20.2013 | Entertainment
Annette Insdorf

The first few days of the Cannes Film Festival have been marked by surprises -- whether in the shifting national identity of movies, or peace-making efforts between towering directors -- and parties that defy the rain.

'Never Again' Depends On How You Define 'Never Again'

Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D.

Doing nothing is actually doing something and that is sending the message that the rallying cry against genocide -- never again -- is a redline that can be crossed.