Holocaust

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

ADL Slams RFK Jr. For Vaccines-Holocaust Analogy

04/13/2015 - 20:00

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.

04/06/2015 - 20:00
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.

04/05/2015 - 20:00
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

03/03/2015 - 19:00

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

02/22/2015 - 19:00

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.

Why? Urban Outfitters Gay Holocaust Tapestry

Most offensive? Holocaust pajamas just got some competition.

02/09/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Really, Urban Outfitters? More Holocaust garb?

A tapestry being sold by Urban Outfitters. via urbanoutfitters.com

Lauder, Spielberg Warn Of Rising Anti-Semitism

01/26/2015 - 19:00

Krakow, Poland — European leaders must do more to combat rising anti-Semitism on their home turf, Jewish leaders urged on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

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