World War II

Zachor Pearl Harbor

12/02/2015 - 19:00

The first commandment for any survivor, and their survivors, is: “Zachor, Gedenk, Remember!”

Raids To Rid Russia Of Nazi Imagery Run Amok

Pulitzer-Prize winning ‘Maus’ is trashed

04/27/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In an attempt to rid Moscow of all Nazi imagery, bookstores mistakenly trashed the Pulitzer-Prize winning graphic novel, “Maus,” which tells the story of a Jewish family during the Holocaust.

The novel, written by cartoonist Art Spiegelman, portrays Jews as mice and Germans as cats in order to illustrate the horrors of Nazism and the concentration camps. The novel displays a caricature of a swastika on the cover.

Art Spiegelman poses in front of his work at an exhibition in Paris in 2012. Getty Images

Death Of 100-Year-Old Italian Nazi Leads To Unrest

10/14/2013 - 20:00

Italians rioted and shouted “murderer” as the hearse carrying the body of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke made its way to a Rome church for his funeral.

Italians Riot At Fringe Catholic Funeral Procession For Nazi War Criminal

10/14/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Italians rioted and shouted "murderer" as the hearse carrying the body of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke made its way to a Rome church for burial by the fringe Catholic organization that stepped up to do the deed when several governments refused Priebke's body.

How Jewish GIs Observed Rosh Hashanah In World War II

08/24/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

By the end of World War II, some 550,000 American Jewish men and women had served in the military forces from the South Pacific to the European theater.

Yom Hazikaron and Memorial Day: How We Remember

05/30/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Remembering those brave men and women who have fallen in battle in defense of their homeland is any country's solemn responsibility.  A commitment to remember their ultimate sacrifice is the most effective guarantee that their lives will not have been lost in vain.  Those who survive them, and live free because of them, owe them at least this much, and of course so much more...

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

Steve Lipman's Jewish Spin

In Carnival Triumph disaster, echoes of the SS St. Louis.
02/26/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

During a visit last week to relatives who live in the Houston area, the big news story there – besides the grossly overhyped NBA All-Star game at the Toyota Center – was the Carnival Triumph. That’s the cruise ship that drifted for several days in the Caribbean Sea.

The Carnival Triumph makes its way, with assistance, up Mobile Bay. Getty Images

‘Simon And The Oaks’ Has Too Many Branches

Swedish film, set during the Nazi era, suffers from inconsistency.
10/10/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The nuclear family breeds secrets, lies, resentment and anguish. The Jews have known that since Eve enticed Adam with a lunch snack. The entire book of Genesis is a catalog of such behaviors, and it could be argued that all Western literature has followed its example. It would be absurd to expect filmmakers to do otherwise.

In Lisa Ohlin's film, the lives of a working-class boy and the son of wealthy Jewish refugees intersect in World War II Sweden.

Bergson’s Boy

From a nondescript stationery shop on West 15th Street, Eli Matz keeps a lone flame burning for the ideas Peter Bergson championed in Israel after the war.
03/28/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

The world needs heroes. And so, sometimes, do the heroes themselves.

Dashing and deadly earnest, Peter Bergson fought, as few others dared, for the lives of endangered European Jews at the height of World War II.

Eli Matz boosts the memory of Peter Bergson.

No Place For Children

‘Winter in Wartime’ and ‘The Gift to Stalin’ put kids in some unforgiving spots.
03/14/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the 1960s there was a popular poster and bumper sticker that proclaimed, “War Is Not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things.” Political repression isn’t good for them either. Those are the messages carried by two new films opening on March 18, “The Gift to Stalin,” from Kazakhstan, and “Winter in Wartime,” from the Netherlands.

A Jewish boy (Dalen Schintemirov) is adopted caretaker in Rustem Abdrashev’s “The Gift to Stalin.”
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