It is an unusual day indeed when The New York Times, not always considered sensitive to the concerns of the Jewish community, publishes a front-page obituary for a rabbi. But the Times did just that a few short weeks ago, when it noted, with appropriate pathos and respect, the death of Rabbi Hershel Schacter, of blessed memory.
How did you react when you heard Justin Bieber visited Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam and wrote a self-aggrandizing message in the guestbook? It said "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber." Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with young Jewish professionals about their reactions to Justin's actions.
One part of the reporting I did for the story in this week’s Yom HaShoah issue, about medical resistance during the Holocaust, how physicians and nurses and other members of the putative healing professions took a stand against Nazi genocide, sounded familiar.
I grew up hearing a story along these lines – but in this case, how some doctors in Nazi Germany did not stand up.
Associated Press reported recently on some excavations in Warsaw that have received little interest outside of Poland, especially in the Jewish community.
The work at the Powazki Military Cemetery should be of interest to Jews – the forensic scientists are looking for the remains, in a mass grave that contains entangled skeletons of resistance fighters, of one particular hero. Capt. Witold Pilecki, a non-Jewish Pole, volunteered to be captured and interned in Auschwitz in order to bring the Nazi death camp’s atrocities to the attention of the world.