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The Holocaust

A Cautionary Tale About Hitler's Propaganda

Steven Luckert | Posted 01.26.2016 | World
Steven Luckert

On January 27, as institutions around the world commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it is crucial to consider the role that Nazi propaganda played in facilitating the mass murder of Europe's Jews and the persecution of millions of others.

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...

Review: 'Black Earth': A New Take on How the Holocaust Happened

The National Book Review | Posted 12.30.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

It is hard to do this expansive, thoughtful, meticulously researched book about the Holocaust anything like complete justice. Black Earth's greatest achievement is to take one of the most exhaustively considered events of the last century and to see it in a new and insightful way.

Director László Nemes on his Searing Holocaust Film "Son of Saul"

Nell Minow | Posted 12.21.2015 | Entertainment
Nell Minow

First-time director László Nemes co-wrote and directed "Son of Saul," a critically acclaimed film about Saul, a Hungarian prisoner in an unnamed Naz...

Does Fear Lead to Fascism? A Culture of Fear and the Epigenetics of Terror

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

America is in the midst of an epidemic of historic proportions. The contagion being spread like wildfire is turning communities into battlegrounds and setting Americans one against the other.

Epigenetics: Embracing the Role It Plays in Your Life

Greg Archer | Posted 12.19.2015 | 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.

Agents of Change: 5 Resilient People Who Are Empowering Others

Greg Archer | Posted 11.24.2015 | 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 noteworthy souls striving to make the world a better place.

The Purpose of Holocaust Remembrance Must Be the Prevention of Other Genocides

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Menachem Rosensaft

I am honored to be with you this evening, honored to have been asked to speak to you here in the Hall of Remembrance which, in truth, could and perhaps should be called the Hall of Memory. Why "memory" in an institution devoted to memory? Because memory must come before remembrance.

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

Greg Archer | Posted 11.12.2015 | 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.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 7: The Nazi Legacy, Current Cinema and Questions of Judgment

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

In the recent period I've seen a number of films about the history and legacy of Nazism, most of them German and current, and I read about a new book on two legends of German cinema. The juxtaposition of these events in time seemed coincidental. Or was it?

Hitler, Benjamin and Hajj Amin

Sami Moubayed | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Sami Moubayed

Benjamin Netanyahu's words were no mistake; they were a deliberate distortion of history--made for political reasons. The only thing they achieved, however, was adding Netanyahu to the long list of Holocaust Deniers.

5 Hot Books: A Big History of the Salem Witch Trials, a Holocaust Atrocity in Poland, and More

The National Book Review | Posted 10.26.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review. 1. The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff (Little, Brown) Arthur Miller's 1953 ...

What Nazi Propaganda Can Teach Us about ISIS

Steven Luckert | Posted 09.11.2015 | World
Steven Luckert

In 1924, Adolf Hitler described propaganda as "a terrible weapon in the hands of an expert." For two decades, the Nazis showed the world what a devastating weapon it could be.

The World Abandoned Jewish refugees in 1939; Will We Do the Same for Syria?

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Daniel Gastfriend

It goes without saying that there are vast differences between the Syrian civil war and the Holocaust. But as children continue to drown and families continue to suffocate in their efforts to escape, it is worth recognizing the painful echoes of our past humanitarian failures.

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.

In Memory of the July 1942 Roundup of Paris's Jews

Erris Langer Klapper | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Erris Langer Klapper

Tatiana De Rosnay's Sarah's Key spent two years on the New York Times Bestseller List, and even longer than that on my nightstand before I finally read it. I regret not reading it sooner, as it would've drastically transformed my family's trip to Paris the previous summer.

Savior Of Hundreds Of Children During Holocaust Dead At 106

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.02.2015 | World

Sir Nicholas Winton, recognized as the "British Schindler" for helping rescue more than 600 Czech children fated for death in Nazi concentration camps...

Pope: 'Great Powers' Did Nothing When Jews Were Taken To Auschwitz

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion

FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday denounced what he calls the "great powers" of the world for failing to act ...

Defiance Soars in Concerts Commemorating the Holocaust

Penny Schwartz | Posted 06.02.2015 | Arts
Penny Schwartz

Seventy-one years ago, in June 1944, Edgar Krasa, then a young prisoner at the Theresienstadt concentration camp, (also known as Terezin) was among some 60 Jewish men and women prisoners at the Nazi camp who lifted their collective voices in a choral performance of Verdi's Requiem.

We Shall Overcome By Finding Meaning

Reiner Lomb | Posted 05.20.2015 | Fifty
Reiner Lomb

I felt ashamed for having tried to take God away from my father, the very reason that gave him the will to survive the most hopeless circumstances. This was one of the most important lessons I had ever received in my life.

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.

On the Pursuit of Happiness

Yara Zgheib | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Yara Zgheib

Life is ephemeral. Liberty is fickle. And without the first two, all the wealth in the world does not amount to much. But happiness is not dictated by external circumstances; it is guided by inner purpose. It is not luck; it is a choice.

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.