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Emily Kassie

'There's No Such Thing As Closure:' Holocaust Survivor Disappointed After Testifying In Nazi Trial | Emily Kassie | Posted 05.02.2015 | World

Max Eisen (Photo by Emily Kassie, The Huffington Post) Max Eisen, an 86-year-old survivor of Auschwitz, entered a courtroom in Lüneburg, Germany,...

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.

One Shoe Off

Nicki Gilbert | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Nicki Gilbert

Although only a few months old, they are scuffed and well-worn. Their white soles already marked from climbing trees and exploring parks, playgrounds and backyards. They are I'm-a-big-kid-now shoes, full of adventure, potential, growth and a future of life and possibility.

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...

Never Again Should Include Endangered Yazidis

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Why should Jews invoke their plight on Yom HaShoah? Because part of the memory of our collective experience, is standing up for the helpless, rendered voiceless by evil-doers.

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Remember Those Who Perished and Say a Prayer for Peace

Cathy Chester | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Cathy Chester

As I say private prayers for the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust I will continue to keep hope in my heart that all wars, all genocides, will someday come to an end so that future generations will, as it says in Isaiah, never "learn war any more."

Yom Hashoah Blues

Gil Troy | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Gil Troy

When you stand at attention this Yom Hashoah, don't just remember the past but think of an effective action plan, asking what am I doing to fight anti-Semitism today and to build a positive modern Zionism for the future?

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.

Never Forget: Holocaust Roots and Living Green, an Earth Week and Holocaust Remembrance Day Reflection

Chana Widawski | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Chana Widawski

While my friends' moms were making gourmet soups from recipes in store-bought cookbooks, I watched my mom chop k'nubel (garlic) for p'tcha, a jellied meat dish made from calves' feet.

Yom HaShoah 2015: Remembering the Holocaust on a Trip to Eastern Europe

Laurie Levy | Posted 06.14.2015 | Religion
Laurie Levy

It's the shoes that make me cry. In a photo of my mother from 1924, I am drawn to her scuffed Mary Jane shoes. I remember my grandchildren toddling in their Robeez. In 1944-45, Jews were told to remove their shoes and then shot and pushed into the river. Only their shoes remained behind. Some of them were so tiny.

For Yom HaShoah: Reaching Out to 'The Other'

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Ellen Cassedy

On Yom HaShoah, the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, we remember the Jews killed in the Holocaust. On April 16, I will remember the six million. And I will remember the afternoon I spent recently with a group of nuns -- an encounter that surprised me and gave me hope.

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?


Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

This Yom HaShoah I feel especially engaged in a form of remembering, not only in the sense of thinking about the past, but also in the form of re-membering, or bringing together, members a family created from both blood and friendship.

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Collective Memories and the Vow to Never Forget

Frank Dimant | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
Frank Dimant

Today we commemorate Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) to honour the memories of the over six million victims of the Nazi genocide of World War II, an unprecedented event in human history that saw a third of world Jewry wiped out.

For Yom HaShoah: A Search for Bones in Lithuania

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 06.08.2014 | World
Ellen Cassedy

On Yom HaShoah, we remember the Jews killed in the Holocaust. Also on my mind will be a little town in Lithuania, and a white-haired man searching for a way to pay his respects to the dead.

How Do We Speak Of The Holocaust Today?

William Daroff | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
William Daroff

More than 100,000 Holocaust Survivors living today in the United States suffered the worst oppression and brutality in human history. Now, they are increasingly frail and debilitated, and many are living below the poverty line.

Israeli Society and the Holocaust

Avi Ben-Hur | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Avi Ben-Hur

Despite the large number of Holocaust survivors in Israeli society in its early years, the subject of the Holocaust was not extensively dealt with educationally during the state's first decades.

Holocaust Survivor Werner Reich on Magic, Laughter, and 'The Great Nivelli'

Sandi Bachom | Posted 06.10.2013 | World
Sandi Bachom

April 8 was Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah). It is the solemn occasion of the 70th year marking the murder of six million Jews and the uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto. Survivors like Werner are the last eyewitnesses, they are our most precious resource.

Priests, Healing And The Holocaust

Benjamin Barer | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Benjamin Barer

Leviticus is teaching us that the holiest of work, even when we are suffering under the burden of our own grief, is to help bring healing to others.

President Obama Statement On Yom Hashoah

Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion

Statement from the President on Yom Hashoah I join people here in the United States, in Israel, and around the world in observing Holocaust Remembr...

The Invisible Tattoo

Marisa Fox | Posted 06.08.2013 | Impact
Marisa Fox

The Holocaust isn't just about tattoos and the dead. My mother, who's been dead for almost 20 years, told me a fictionalized account of her childhood to edit this chapter entirely out of her narrative.

Not Why But How: Marking Yom HaShoah

Julie Gray | Posted 06.08.2013 | World
Julie Gray

But the primary organizing event on Yom HaShoah is the sounding of a nationwide siren. The siren perpetuates a consciousness of tragedy and paranoia. And this feeling seeps into the national identity in ways that create a template for Israel's policies and politics -- with devastating effect.

Remembering The Holocaust, Turning To Kindness

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

The Holocaust was brought about by the opposite of hesed, by malice and treatment of human beings with clinical cruelty for the purpose of demeaning, debasing and destroying. How do we face such a legacy?

Reflections On The 70th Anniversary Of The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Rabbi Avi Weiss | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Avi Weiss

Many believe the Nazis attacked that night to send a message that Passover, the Day of Liberation, should be transformed into a Day of Destruction. The fighters, led by Mordechai Anielewicz, stunned the Germans, killing and wounding German soldiers.

I Believe: Words To Honor The Martyrs Of The Holocaust

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

There are simply no words to describe the atrocities of the Shoah. There are no explanations. It is so challenging to even know what to feel. That is why my second visit to Babi Yar was so much more powerful than my first. It was the singing.