From Anne Frank's diary to Elie Wiesel's Night, books about the Holocaust remain some of the most powerful and well-known pieces of literature published in the past century. Books have the power to educate about the Shoah's unimaginable horrors and bring to life the stories of its victims, as well as unearth hidden details about wartime crimes.Read More
Why would a college student go to Poland, of all places, for spring break?
Why do I consider Eastern Europe the homeland for Ashkenazi Jews?
Why is a 23-year old Jewish woman whose family left Europe prior to 1910 so deeply engaged in Holocaust education and history?
These are questions I've heard often, and my answer is the same: Because it happened to the Jewish people, it also happened to me.
The Holocaust did not impact my family in the same way of my peers whose grandparents are survivors, or my colleagues whose families escaped the war. Yet as a Jew,...Read More
When author June Hersh interviewed Holocaust survivors for her first book Recipes Remembered, a cookbook of their stories and recipes, she barely knew anyone who had endured this horrific time in history. Today, June counts the survivors she’s met among her dearest friends.
She recently teamed up with photographer Brian Marcus for a new book, Still Here: Inspiration From Survivors & Liberators of the Holocaust. When we spoke, June said that her attitude about the Holocaust hasn’t changed, but...Read More
“There is a short road that is actually long, and a long road that is actually short.” -- A young boy to Rabbi Yehoshua, Talmud, Eruvin 53b
The play “Oslo” opened recently on Broadway: a timely, talky drama set in 1993 during the secret talks between Israelis and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, at a time when it was illegal to speak to the PLO, which rightly was considered a terrorist organization.
Like many shows and movies – “Titanic” comes to mind – the playwright has a challenge from the start. Everyone knows how the story ends: on the White...Read More
As the Jewish community marks Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), it is time we begin honoring those Jewish victims of the Holocaust who, despite unimaginable odds, rescued thousands of fellow Jews.
For 25 years, I served as director of Yad Vashem’s Righteous among the Nations Department, which, over the years, honored thousands of Righteous Gentiles who worked tirelessly to save Jewish lives during the Holocaust. As we continue to commend their righteous...Read More