‘Britain’s Schindler’ Dies At 106

Sir Nicholas Winton saved 669 Jewish children from the Nazis.

Editorial Intern

Sir Nicholas Winton, known as “Britain’s Schindler” for saving 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, died Wednesday with his daughter and grandchildren by his side. He was 106.

Known affectionately as “Nicky” by the children he saved, according to BBC, he spearheaded the Czech Kindertransport, arranging for trains to help them escape certain death in Auschwitz and finding them refuge in Britain.

Sir Nicholas Winton receives the Order of the White Lion from the Czech Republic in 2014. Michal Ruzicka/isifa/Getty Images

Pinning Of Yellow Star On 3-Year-Old Reignites Israeli Education Debate


On April 19, Keren Zachmi’s daughter returned from her kindergarten near Tel Aviv wearing a yellow patch emblazoned with the word “Jude.”

What Is The Definition Of 'Survivor'?

Jewish Week Online Columnist

In the mid-1980’s, just a few years after I began my rabbinate at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, I traveled to Poland with a UJA-Federation Rabbinic Cabinet mission. It was shortly after my two older children were born, and from the moment that I entered the gate of Auschwitz and saw a display of clothing stripped from infants and toddlers who had been brought there for extermination, I was forever changed. Before that visit, the harsh reality of the Holocaust had been an abstract set of numbers and grainy images. When I returned, I had gained what I now understand to be an intuition of an infinitesimal fraction of the horror of what had transpired. I was shaken to the core.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Not Everything Is A ‘Holocaust’

Overusing the term will only devalue it.

Staff Writer

On Yom HaShoah, which today commemorates in Israel and several Western countries the lessons of the Holocaust, the Final Solution is invoked in a way that increasingly shows that one lesson is misunderstood – the conflation of the word “Holocaust” with other unpopular causes or policy decisions.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  Wikimedia Commons

Extending The Holocaust Legacy

Special To The Jewish Week

Seventy years after the liberation of the Nazi death and concentration camps during the final weeks and months of World War II, we are at a transitional moment. For the past seven decades, the survivors of the Shoah kept the memory of what had been done to them, and to their families and to European Jewry, at the forefront of their society’s consciousness. Sadly but inevitably, they are now fading from the scene. The critical question, therefore, is how their absence will change the nature of Holocaust remembrance.

Menachem Z. Rosensaft

ADL Slams RFK Jr. For Vaccines-Holocaust Analogy


Washington — Robert Kennedy Jr. apologized for using the word holocaust to describe the effects of mandatory vaccines.

‘The Capital Of The Crime Against Women’

Sarah Helm’s captivating biography of Ravensbruck, the Nazi’s concentration camp for women.

Culture Editor

Ravensbruck was the only Nazi concentration camp for women, and it was run mostly by women. The majority of the women killed there were not Jews. They were women with Communist leanings, political prisoners, Gypsies, prostitutes, Jehovah’s Witnesses, members of the resistance, housewives, artists, petty criminals and upper-class women, from different countries.

Helm accessed many previously unavailable documents in telling the Ravensbruck story.  Barney Jones Photography

American Jewry, If The Shoah Never Happened

Yeshiva University professor Jeffrey Gurock’s “The Holocaust Averted” imagines an American Jewish community without the Shoah.

Managing Editor

The genre of alternative or counter history — where historians pose tantalizing ‘what if’ questions — is an increasingly fertile one. The Pulitzer-winning author MacKinlay Kantor’s “If the South Had Won the Civil War” (MacMillan) and Jeff Greenfield’s “If Kennedy Lived” (Penguin Group) are two prime examples. Now, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, comes Yeshiva University professor Jeffrey Gurock’s “The Holocaust Averted” (Rutgers), which imagines an American Jewish community without the Shoah. The Jewish Week spoke with Gurock via email.

Jeff Gurock: “What if” scenario.

Catholics And Jews Pan Film Defending Wartime Pope Pius XII


A new Italian film that attempts to defend wartime Pope Pius XII against accusations he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust has been panned by the Vatican as well as Catholic and Jewish media.

Holocaust film ‘Ida’ wins Oscar


Los Angeles — “Ida,” a Polish film about a Catholic novitiate who discovers she is the Jewish child of Holocaust victims, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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