Holocaust

Auschwitz ‘Showers’ For Tourists Cool Off Some, Offend Others

08/31/2015 - 20:00
JTA

Of all the places on Earth, where would one least expect to see a new shower of any kind installed – even one that just mists overheated visitors?

Mist showers outside the Auschwitz memorial museum were meant to cool visitors, not heat them up. JTA

Plunder-Filled Nazi Train Worth Millions Has Likely Been Found

08/30/2015 - 20:00

With evidence mounting that a Nazi train loaded with millions of dollars worth of plundered items has been found in Poland, the World Jewish Congress urged the Polish government to ensure any goods stolen from Jews be returned to their legitimate owners or their heirs.

Firsthand Memories Of Janusz Korczak

This week marks the 73rd anniversary of Janusz Korczak’s fatal march with the children of his Warsaw orphanage. While supporters arranged a path to freedom from the Nazis for him, the writer, educator and physician chose instead to stand by his children, and marched with nearly 200 of them to the train that would take all of them to their deaths in Treblinka. Some say that the children sang, but that might be legend. What’s known is that they walked in dignity, carrying the flag of their orphanage, with its emblem on one side and the Star of David on the other; they felt safe in Korczak’s presence.

Courtesy Marcia Talmadge Schneider

‘Lost’ Jewish Mural Restored, Installed In New Home

08/05/2015 - 20:00
RNS

Burlington, Vt. — Aaron Goldberg braced himself, clutching the rope attached to a paper cover-up that hid the now-restored “Lost Shul” Mural at the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue on Sunday.

Attendees of the official unveiling of the “Lost Shul” Mural at the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue see the mural for the first time. RNS

‘Fundamentally Reasonable’ Heroism

Remembering Nicholas Winton,‘The British Schindler,’ who saved 669 children from the Holocaust.

07/06/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In a hotel room in Midtown Manhattan 13 years ago, I learned a lesson about the simplicity of heroism.

Sir Nicholas Winton is greeted by one of the 669 now-grown children he had rescued from Nazi-annexed Prague. Getty Images

‘Britain’s Schindler’ Dies At 106

Sir Nicholas Winton saved 669 Jewish children from the Nazis.

06/30/2015 - 20:00
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

05/05/2015 - 20:00

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'?

04/16/2015 - 20:00
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.

04/15/2015 - 20:00
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

04/13/2015 - 20:00
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
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