Countering The Vile Comparison Of Israelis As Nazis

Story Includes Video: 

I am an Israeli citizen. I am an American citizen. I am also completing a Master's degree in Holocaust studies and a resident of Gush Etzion, a bloc of settlements in the West Bank in Israel. Now that I've laid all my cards out on the table, I am going to rail against a phenomenon that has developed over the past few years: comparing Israelis to Nazis. The comparison is insulting and blatantly, historically inaccurate. 

Lani Lederer Berman

'With My Besties At Auschwitz:' Irreverence Or Defiance?

Facebook page sparks global outrage; provokes big questions.

Staff Writer
Story Includes Video: 

Two Israeli high school students draped in Israeli flags stood in the snow-topped forest of Treblinka, turned an iPhone around to face them, and snapped a smiling picture. The shot later appeared on Facebook with the caption “#Trablinka #poland #jewish.”

Israeli teenagers take selfies while visiting Auschwitz. Via Facebook.com

Before Auschwitz Was Auschwitz

Exhibit examines the shtetl that was prelude.

Associate Editor
Story Includes Video: 

Once upon a time, so long ago, the Jews of Central Europe would take trains to Auschwitz for the privilege of dying in its mystical terrain. In “Sefer Oshpitzin,” the town’s yizkor book, compiled by residents of the now extinct shtetl, one man recalled those “whose entire lives revolved around the desire that, after their demise, they should be interred in Oshpitzin,” as the town was known in Yiddish. Some “lived for many years in wealth and dignity in Vienna. Yet in their declining years they moved to Oshpitzin.” They said, according to the book, “It is really good to live in Vienna, but one ought to die in Oshpitzin.” So many saintly and scholarly people were buried in the Auschwitz earth that it was thought to be transformed into holy ground. “Anyone who merited to be buried there,” said an old Auschwitz legend, “would not suffer travails at the time of resurrection.”

The Hotel Schmiedler in 1912, when many believed Auschwitz was a holy place to die, and better for resurrection. Miroslaw Ganobi

World’s Oldest Man Dies Two Months After Achieving Title

Story Includes Video: 

The world’s oldest man, a New Yorker who attempted to flee the Nazi rise to power in Poland in 1939, died at the age of 111.


Liberators’ PTSD Now Coming Into Sharper View

Post-traumatic stress among soldiers who helped free camps gets rare look at L.I. conference.

Staff Writer
Story Includes Video: 

Seymour Kaplan was with his battalion in Munich, Germany, on April 29, 1945, when he was ordered into a jeep and driven 10 miles to the Dachau concentration camp. The young solider from Brooklyn was to be among the initial group of American soldiers to enter, passing under the cruelly ironic “Arbeit Macht Frei” (“Work Will Set You Free”) sign.

Seymour Kaplan suffered after helping liberate Dachau. Michael Datikash/JW

Has Bibi Been Too Effective?

It is possible to be too successful? 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deserves great credit for focusing global attention on the potential Iranian nuclear threat.  Threats to wipe Israel off the map cannot be dismissed as the rantings of a crazy man when his government is secretly building nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them while fomenting terrorism against the Jewish state. 

Fighting For The Historical Narrative

Story Includes Video: 

Amidst the troubling data regarding international anti-Semitism in a major survey released by the Anti-Defamation League were some less commented upon figures that should give us all pause for thought. 

School District To Revise 'Did Holocaust Happen?' Assignment

Story Includes Video: 

A California school district said it will rewrite an eighth-grade assignment that asked students to argue whether or not the Holocaust happened.

Abbas’ Comments Suggest Tangled Holocaust Politics

Sympathetic remarks follow Palestinian professor’s visit to Auschwitz.

Israel Correspondent
Story Includes Video: 

Tel Aviv — For decades, the topic of the Holocaust has been taboo in Palestinian society and throughout the Arab world. The most common reactions have been Holocaust denial, equating the Shoah with Palestinian injustices or simply ignoring the Nazi killing machine all together.

Rabbi Marc Schneier, left, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas last week in Ramallah.  Mahmoud Alian

Recipes With A Dark Past

Holocaust-related cookbooks tell tragic stories through food.

Jewish Week Online Columnist
Story Includes Video: 

"Recipes Remembered" by June Feiss Hersh.

When Florence Tabrys was 14 years old, Nazis occupied her small hometown of Szydlowiec, Poland. Three years later, she and her younger sister were sent to a munitions factory. They were later shipped from concentration camp to concentration camp before they were eventually liberated from Bergen Belsen in 1945. They never again saw their parents or their five other siblings.

Tabrys doesn’t often talk about her experiences during the Holocaust, but she spoke to June Feiss Hersh about her memories for the 2011 book “Recipes Remembered: A Celebration of Survival.”

Related Articles
Syndicate content