Holocaust

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

Holocaust Memorial Day Marked Through Europe

01/27/2014 - 19:00

For many decades, the Nazis’ murder of six million European Jews was marked on different dates in different countries on the continent, based on significant wartime dates in each land.

Photo By AFP/Getty Images

Memorial To Gay Shoah Victims Inaugurated In Tel Aviv Park

12/10/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

A municipal-funded memorial to gay victims of the Holocaust, both Jews and non-Jews, was inaugurated on Tuesday in Tel Aviv’s Meir Park, according to Haaretz. It is the country’s first.

Kristallnacht, 75 Years Later

11/05/2013 - 19:00
Editorial

Seventy-five years ago this weekend the world failed a test.

Throughout Germany and parts of Austria the Nazis carried out an extensive pogrom. There were attacks on Jewish individuals and sites on Nov. 9-10,1938, leaving at least 91 Jews dead, some 30,000 arrested and interned in concentration camps, and more than 1,000 synagogues and 7,000 Jewish-owned businesses destroyed.

‘Last Shot’ To Preserve History

With book, N.Y. survivor, 83, breaks decades-long silence about harrowing Shoah experiences.
11/05/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

In the end, the silence, and the burden of history, were too much to bear.

So when an inquisitive niece began asking him about the war years, Marian Rosenbloom finally opened up about his harrowing Holocaust experiences and about how, on a cold January day in 1943, when he was 13, he simply walked out of the Warsaw Ghetto in hopes of surviving the Nazis.

Survivor Marian Rosenbloom, right, with his niece, Susan Rostan and her husband.

Something Sinister In The Polish Soil

Grave matters in ‘Aftermath,’ which borrows cleverly from the horror film genre.
10/31/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It is oddly appropriate that the new Polish drama “Aftermath” is opening on Nov. 1, in the midst of the Halloween movie season. The film, written and directed by Władysław Pasikowski, is structured like a horror film, uses the tropes of the supernatural thriller boldly and deftly, and has its roots in the appalling realities of Jewish life and death in Poland in the 1940s. In short, it’s a Shoah film, but one that trades elements of that burgeoning genre for the familiar lineaments of another, older kind of filmmaking.

"Aftermath" is handsome, and horrifying.
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