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On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Never Forget Necessitates Never Trump

Laura Epstein | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Laura Epstein

This week, Donald Trump cemented his place as Republican presidential nominee. More than any other year, I'm cognizant today of my responsibility to speak up against the hatred that Donald Trump espouses day after day.

Count ON...The Yom Hashoah Message

Chava Tombosky | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

As the second night of Passover comes to a close, the Jewish people have an odd tradition of counting the day every day from that night forward for 49...

Holocaust Remembrance Day -- Avenge and Revenge

Rabbi Baruch HaLevi | Posted 05.04.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi

My friend's grandfather survived the Holocaust, came to America and became a hairbrush maker. And woven into the bristles of every brush he made, using the brush fibers, he spelled out the Hebrew word "n'kmati -- my revenge." Every brush he made was an act of defiance against the Nazis.

Holocaust Survivors' Son Finds Peace Writing About Germany

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.17.2016 | Religion
Lev Raphael

Fans often ask me at readings which of my many books is my favorite. The answer doesn't pop up immediately, because I've published in many genres: mem...

Son of Saul, Auschwitz, and Yom HaShoah

Patrick Hicks | Posted 05.04.2016 | Entertainment
Patrick Hicks

I've been waiting to see Son of Saul for a long time now. It had a limited release in the United States, and because of this, it never came to a theatre in my little town on the prairie. So when it was released on DVD a few days ago, I had it shipped overnight to my house.

The History of Anti-Semitism and the Shoah

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 05.04.2016 | Religion
Jonathan Greenblatt

As an organization dedicated to combatting anti-Semitism and fighting against all forms of bigotry, the Anti-Defamation League speaks often about the ...

Finding Bella: A Grandson Discovers his Bubbe in Rare Holocaust Photo

Penny Schwartz | Posted 05.03.2016 | Religion
Penny Schwartz

Her name was Bella. But to her grandson, Matt Lebovic, she was Bubbe.  Growing up in the 1980s in Commack, Long Island, Lebovic knew both his pater...

New Ways to Commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel

Ron Kronish | Posted 04.29.2016 | Religion
Ron Kronish

It is now possible to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel in a sensitive, serious and substantive way, with serious reflection and personal memorializing, without all the triumphant nationalist fanfare that has gone along with it for so many decades.

Their Thoughts, My Thoughts -- Launching a Legacy

Barbara Stark-Nemon | Posted 04.27.2016 | Books
Barbara Stark-Nemon

ince Even in Darkness was published, and as I look back on that post, I find that bringing my book to a national audience has deepened and broadened my understanding of how my great aunt's life story has impacted others, by educating me in the ways readers have interpreted and evaluated my novel.

Learning Yiddish in Lithuania

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Ellen Cassedy

The sky above was a brilliant blue, with puffy clouds, as I crossed the courtyard of Vilnius University on my way to Yiddish class.

Emily Kassie

'There's No Such Thing As Closure:' Holocaust Survivor Disappointed After Testifying In Nazi Trial

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

Uprising

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.