Liberators’ PTSD Now Coming Into Sharper View

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

06/04/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

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

05/20/2014 - 20:00

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

05/05/2014 - 20:00

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.

04/29/2014 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

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.

04/22/2014 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

"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.”

Yizkor For The Hungarian Shoah

This is the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust coming to Hungary.

03/11/2014 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Editor's Note: Click here for a news update on the 70th anniversary of the Hungarian Shoah.

In the Hungarian village of Csenger, by the banks of the river Smoosh, in the pages in a yizkor book, a dead man tells a tale. It is 1938. “Nine o’clock one Shabbos morning, people could be seen gathering together near the big market place,” looking up at the sky. “I was also standing there,” says the witness, “and in the middle of the crowd was a man with black glasses (probably binoculars) who kept passing them around in the crowd, and people kept looking upward … they saw two suns, one near the next.” Some say “the world is coming to an end.” The elders remembered this omen from 1914, before the terrible war.

Hungarian Jews rounded up in Budapest in 1944. Wikimedia Commons

Light Rail

"Perhaps we should consider the moral issue here."

ADL's Foxman Sets Retirement Date; Obama Calls Him 'Irreplaceable'

Search underway for successor after 27 years; leader will serve as part-time consultant

02/10/2014 - 19:00

Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, and one of the longest-serving and highest-profile American Jewish organizational leaders, is retiring from his post.

Foxman will step down on July 20, 2015, according to an announcement Monday by the ADL.

Abraham Foxman: ADL was 'perfect vehicle.' David Karp/JTA

The Last Prisoners Of World War II

02/03/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

This week, the plundering of Holocaust-era art comes to the big screen with the release of the star-studded Hollywood movie, “The Monuments Men,” the dramatic story of a small section of the Allied armies that was devoted to protecting the culture of Europe during the Second World War. Hundreds of thousands of items of art and Judaica were looted by the Nazis in one of the greatest thefts in history. 

Gideon Taylor
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