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The Holocaust

The 5 Million Non-Jewish People Killed By The Nazis

HuffPost UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion

Six million Jewish people were murdered during the genocide in Europe in the years leading up to 1945, and the Jews are rightly remembered as the grou...

Shocking Family Secrets from W.W. II

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.28.2015 | Religion
Lev Raphael

Though I had said Kaddish for my father's father at Bergen Belsen, where I had always assumed he died because my father and his sister had been prisoners there, I discovered that he had actually been a prisoner at Auschwitz. Why had my father never told me?

Tomorrow the World Will Be Listening to the Voices of Auschwitz

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.28.2015 | Home
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."

Against the New Anti-Semitism: Remembering the Holocaust Protects Us All

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.24.2015 | Home
Bernard-Henri Lévy

A world without Jews indeed would not be a world. A world in which the Jews once again became the scapegoats for all people's fears and frustrations would be a world in which free people could not breathe easy and the enslaved would be even more enslaved.

One Hundred Years of Solitude: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing, 2015

Christopher Atamian | Posted 03.09.2015 | Home
Christopher Atamian

It has been nearly one hundred years since April 24, 1915 -- the infamous day when Armenian intellectuals of the Ottoman Empire were rounded up in the dead of night and sent to be executed in inland concentration camps in Ayash and Chankari.

Ukranian Jewish Woman's Holocaust Story Teaches Us How to Survive

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 03.01.2015 | Religion
Danielle Wolffe

Mania Golberg sat in her dining room in Roswell, Georgia; explaining what it was like to hide in a dark underground cave in Ukraine for 344 days during the Holocaust. The enormity of what Mania lived through seemed somehow misaligned with the frail 85 year old Jewish woman sitting next to me kneading her hands.

A Holocaust Survivor's Inspiring Answer to 'What Gives You Hope During Tough Times?'

Quora | Posted 02.11.2015 | Fifty
Quora

I have only one memory -- crawling on the barrack floor, because I no longer could walk. There was a faucet on the other end of the barrack. As I was crawling, I would fade in and out of consciousness. I just kept thinking, I must survive, I must survive.

On Memory, Loss, and the Holocaust

Kati Marton | Posted 01.10.2015 | Home
Kati Marton

Active engagement in public life is the most meaningful way to honor those we have lost, in my case my grandparents, my parents and my husband -- who did so much to fight the bullies and the demagogues on the world stage -- all the while putting up with a feisty Hungarian wife for 17 years.

Praise for the American Soldiers Who Saved My Father From a Death Train

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.09.2015 | Impact
Lev Raphael

In early April 1945, my father was packed into a train with 2500 other prisoners from Bergen-Belsen as the Nazis insanely tried to keep British and Am...

Why Don't Progressive Jews Believe in an Afterlife? Are They Missing Something?

Stafford Betty | Posted 01.01.2015 | Religion
Stafford Betty

As a professor who studies attitudes toward death among a wide populace, I ask myself, "Are my Jewish friends in denial?" After all, if death really is our destination, then we cease to exist when we die.

Harry Reicher

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 01.01.2015 | Religion
Stephen D. Smith

I have only known Harry Reicher for three months, and yet today I say goodbye to him as an old friend. I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting to meet a devout and practicing Jew the day he first walked into the USC Shoah Foundation office, but Harry's devotion to his religious life radiated from him the moment he said hello.

Return to Sobibór

Dorian de Wind | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

If there was ever any doubt about the enormity of the crimes the Nazis perpetrated at Sobibór, it should now forever disappear.

Let It Go?

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 12.02.2014 | Home
Menachem Rosensaft

Survivors can be reassured that their legacy will be fiercely safeguarded by their children and grandchildren. And those who would "let it go" should bear this in mind as well before they speak.

Contagious Racism

Jeremy Bamidele | Posted 11.22.2014 | Black Voices
Jeremy Bamidele

The mechanism by which race affects has never been fully understood. Even when accounting for other factors, race exhibits a larger effect on outcomes than can be attributed for.

Ayelet Waldman's New Book Is More Than a Holocaust Novel

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Home
Dora Levy Mossanen

It would be a mistake to call Love and Treasure a Holocaust novel, although it is that, too. More than anything, this is a tale of hope and the unbreakable spirit of a people, the transformative power of love and the miracle of the birth of Eretz Israel.

Welcoming Children to Our Land

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The US has a legal and moral responsibility to protect children fleeing violence.

Toronto 2014 Is the Year of the Actor

Erica Abeel | Posted 11.07.2014 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

By Day 3 it's become clear that the Toronto film fest 2014 is above all about the year of the actor, male and female. As I toggle between one theater and the next, I discover yet another film that raises the bar on the art of screen performance.

Was Rialto Unified School District's Holocaust Assignment Really About Critical Thinking?

Mark Baer | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Mark Baer

Although a great deal has been written about the "critical thinking" assignment given to eighth graders in the Rialto Unified School District on whether or not the Holocaust ever occurred, I feel compelled to provide my perspective.

'Mythical Creatures' Is An Animated Holocaust Film Unlike Anything You've Ever Seen

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.31.2014 | Arts

Los Angeles artist Gary Baseman is currently raising funds for his upcoming film project, "Mythical Creatures," based on the heartbreaking story of hi...

Never Again to Us

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.24.2014 | Home
Robert Koehler

"Israel regrets every injury to civilians. I call on the residents of Gaza: Don't stay there. Hamas wants you to die, we want you to be safe." This i...

Tonight We Are All Dutch

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.23.2014 | Home
Dorian de Wind

Ironically, and tragically, the Netherlands moment of victory in Russia has been wretchedly eclipsed and marred by the downing of Malaysia Flight 17 by a Russian missile reportedly with the knowledge and support of the same country that hosted those Winter Games.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 3: Beckmesser, Kissinger and the Klinghoffer Controversy

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.

Our Values Show the Way

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 09.09.2014 | Business
Naphtali Hoff

The choice between saving lives and preserving our own careers may be clear enough. However, in many cases, the gap between competing values may not be as wide.

Greece's Jewish Community - Over 2,000 Years Old: Down Memory Lane on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 08.31.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Jewry for over two millennia, or the ancient community of Rhodes, nor such famous members as Colonel Mordechai Frizis, the officer who fought valiantly against the Italian invasion in 1940, that recall how widespread Greece's Jewish community was before the German Holocaust.

D-Day Veteran's Brother Was Holocaust's First Jewish Victim

Steve Karras | Posted 08.05.2014 | Home
Steve Karras

Lothar Kahn's backstory has all the ingredients of a Hollywood movie, but the reality is far more tragic and even unremarkable. Kahn has lived two of the most compelling narratives of the 20th century: the Holocaust and the D-Day invasion.