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How a Last Letter From a Holocaust Victim Inspired an Album of Jewish Choral Music

Posted on January 26, 2022

British vocal ensemble Mosaic Voices wants the world to hear that there’s much more to Jewish music than just klezmer. Look out Gregorian chanting, ‘Avinu Malkeinu’ is coming for you. LONDON – On July 14, 1942, Kamilla Breuer sat down in her Vienna home to write a letter to her children Lotte and Jozsi. They Continue Reading »

This Filmmaker Dares to Question the Figure of 6 Million Jewish Victims in WWII

Posted on January 26, 2022

How did the devastating, albeit too round number of 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust become so profoundly embedded in our minds? In his new documentary Israeli filmmaker David Fisher dares to try and recount. Six million. This number has been present in our lives now for over seven decades. It is always there Continue Reading »

A musician’s project sheds new light on artistic life in the Terezín concentration camp

Posted on January 26, 2022

(JTA) — Over the past several decades, the Terezín concentration camp has come to be synonymous with the music of the Holocaust because of the number of performers who were imprisoned there. Now, in the latest production associated with a foundation devoted to preserving the camp’s legacy, a new book reveals how one prominent musician Continue Reading »

Opinion | The Real Reason Belarus’ Dictatorial Regime Is Downplaying the Holocaust

Posted on January 26, 2022

We cannot be naïve. The recent WWII genocide law, which falsely equalizes the Holocaust with Nazi reprisals against non-Jewish Belarusians, is as much about history as it is about today: Anchoring the totalizing repression of the Lukashenko regime. We in Belarus won’t divide by ethnic origin the blood spilt by the Nazis: Belarusian, Jewish, Russian, Continue Reading »

‘Auschwitz did not fall from the sky’

Posted on January 26, 2022

Austria is using art to come to terms with its dark role during Nazism — but is that enough to counter the recent rise of antisemitism? “The racism and anti-Semitism of the National Socialists did not fall from the sky. The concentration and extermination camps did not fall from the sky. ‘Auschwitz’ did not fall Continue Reading »

80 Years Ago the Nazis Planned the ‘Final Solution.’ It Took 90 Minutes.

Posted on January 26, 2022

As Germany observes the anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, witnesses of the Nazi era are dying and antisemitism is resurgent in Europe and the United States. BERLIN — On Jan. 20, 1942, 15 high-ranking officials of the Nazi bureaucracy met in a villa on Lake Wannsee on the western edge of Berlin. Nibbles were served Continue Reading »

Rubble and Repression: An Intimate Look at Germany in the Decade After Hitler

Posted on January 26, 2022

It was a startling disappearing act, one for the ages. Right at the moment when Hitler killed himself in his bunker on April 30, 1945, Germany was magically transformed from a genocidal Reich to a place where there were barely any Nazis to be found. “No one was a Nazi,” the journalist Martha Gellhorn wrote Continue Reading »

A Film Captures Jewish Life in a Polish Town Before the Nazis Arrived

Posted on January 5, 2022

A documentary based on a home movie shot by an American in 1938 provides a look at the vibrancy of a Jewish community in Europe just before the Holocaust. AMSTERDAM — Glenn Kurtz found the film reel in a corner of his parents’ closet in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in 2009. It was in a dented aluminum Continue Reading »

The Holocaust robbed them of their stories; this artist is bringing them back to life

Posted on January 5, 2022

In his new graphic nonfiction narrative book “When I Grow Up, the Lost Autobiographies of Six Yiddish Teenagers,” author and New Yorker cartoonist Ken Krimstein deftly gives life to the never-told stories of six Jewish teenagers in the lost world of Yiddishuania, formerly Poland/Lithuania. In the 1930s, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, then based Continue Reading »

Surviving the Holocaust was a miracle, but the nightmares persist

Posted on January 5, 2022

The memories of Holocaust survivors never cease to horrify. Whenever you think you’re shock-proof, you have to think again. In John Rokosny’s PBS documentary, “They Survived Together,” one survivor recounts how the Nazis, having invaded Poland, forced Jews to carve out their own graves and lie down in them. Often, the self-created graves contained families, Continue Reading »

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