Auschwitz

DvF And The Holocaust Memorial Museum

The fashion icon and daughter of survivors supports the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

03/04/2013

Diane von Furstenberg takes a seat at her long, farm table-inspired desk inside her office on the fifth floor in the Meatpacking District here. The studio is so vividly colored, so overly patterned and so decked out in exotic tchotchkes, von Furstenberg is one of the few people who could possibly occupy it.

Diane von Furstenberg. Getty Images

Auschwitz' Musical Geography

Auschwitz has a musical as well as physical geography, contends a Stanford University doctoral candidate in German studies. It helped the guards maintain control, and helped prisoners resist.

Using survivor testimonies and camp administration records, Melissa Kagen has mapped the music of Auschwitz: what was played, who played it and where.

A Stanford doctoral candidate has mapped Auschwitz' music: both forced and free.

Rules Of Jewish Political Engagement

Over the course of history, Jews would operate in the public sector adopting various political behaviors.

In contemporary times, several of these competing ideas remain in play, influenced by different elements of Jewish experience and practice. Five of them are being introduced here:

Poles And Jews: Confronting Biases

Author's note: The original post misstated the name of Dr. Jud Newborn, cited below. Also, a commenter below disputes the accuracy of William Shirer's reference to a Polish cavalry charge against the Nazi invasion.

This week's controversy over President Obama’s use of the words “Polish death camp” is one that has forced me to confront some of my own biases.

Beyond Semantics: 'Polish Death Camps' And The Suffering Of A Nation

In Poland last year to help the small Jewish community of Poznan lead its Pesach seders, I spent some time in a small café down the street from the city’s former synagogue (serving since communist times as a municipal swimming pool) with the director of a small art gallery.

Polish camp, or Nazi camp in occupied Poland?

Wiesenthal Nazi List Includes New Names With Canada Connections

04/22/2012

 The Simon Wiesenthal Center's latest list of the world's 10 most-wanted Nazi war criminals contains three new names, all with Canadian connections, and the center claims to have new evidence against one of them.

The new names names contained in the SWC's "Annual Status Report on the Worldwide Investigation and Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals" replace three alleged Nazi war criminals who died over the past year. The report was released Wednesday.

Wiesenthal Nazi List Includes New Names With Canada Connections

04/22/2012

 The Simon Wiesenthal Center's latest list of the world's 10 most-wanted Nazi war criminals contains three new names, all with Canadian connections, and the center claims to have new evidence against one of them.

The new names names contained in the SWC's "Annual Status Report on the Worldwide Investigation and Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals" replace three alleged Nazi war criminals who died over the past year. The report was released Wednesday.

'Hana's Suitcase' A Well-Traveled Tale

04/12/2012
Film Critic

It’s an unprepossessing object, a battered, rather ordinary valise, with a name, date of birth and the German word “Waisenkind” (orphan) painted in broad strokes on its side. But the most neutral  objects acquire meaning through association with people and events, and this particular suitcase carries a lot of history along with its meager contents.

George and Hana Brady in 1938.

Who Could Have Known?: A Most Unlikely Simcha

07/21/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I officiated at a wedding not quite two weeks ago that, by all external criteria, looked much like many of the hundreds of weddings I’ve officiated at over the last thirty years.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Kirstein v. Blum: A Jewish Ballet Battle

Every time you watch the New York City Ballet, you are under the heal of George Balanchine, the company's founding choreographer and the 20th century's greatest dance-maker.  Many people know how he got there: Lincoln Kirstein, the son of a wealthy Jewish businessman and the company's co-founder, brought him over from Europe.  But what many don't know is that there was another heir to a Jewish fortune--Rene Blum--who tried to get him first. 

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