Holocaust

Remembering Janusz Korczak, Anew

At the recent Jerusalem Book Fair, with many publishers from all over the world showcasing their new titles, it was Janusz Korczak who caught my attention.

V’higa’d’ta L’vinha … Telling the Story Of The Shoah

04/05/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

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.

Rabbi Gerald Skoknik

'Beliebergate': Young Professionals React

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. 

Fighting Back -- And Fighting Good

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.

Dr. Cheyenne Martin: Teaching about doctors who honored their profession

Looking Anew At Holocaust Literature

Definitions can be tricky. Just try to find agreement on what qualifies (or not) as “Jewish literature.”

Photo courtesy Brandeis University Press

Author Tuvia Tenenbaum Raises A Fuhrer In Germany With Nazi Salute

02/05/2013

Israeli-born Jewish author Tuvia Tenenbom is in trouble in Germany for raising his arm in the Hitler salute, which is banned in the country.

Tenenbom: Tried to provoke neo-Nazis.

Remembering Unsung Heroes Of The Holocaust

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.

Witold Pilecki: His burial place isn't known, his heroism is.

Reunion Of Survivors Featured On New Oprah Network Show

Two women reconnected, after 73 years, with help from some Chicago-area middle schoolers.

12/28/2012
Jewish Week Book Critic

There are no happy endings to the Holocaust, but this story comes close.

Holocaust survivors Edith Schumer and Gerda Frumkin surprise the Naperville students who helped to reunite them. OWN Network
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