Archive for 2016

Righteous Among the Nations

In July 1996, the Consul General of Israel presented Lucia Weitzman with a plaque recognizing her adoptive parents, Genowefa and Franciszek Swiatek as “Righteous Among the Nations” for their heroism during the Holocaust. Their names were added to the Wall of Honor in the Garden of the Righteous at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial and […]


When Faith in God and Destruction Met at the Beach

I asked the same “why” questions as many before me have asked throughout history. Why the hate? Why the killing? And why the destruction of this beauty which God has created?


Has The Holocaust Overtaken American Jewish Identity?

Krauthammer points to the growing Holocaust emphasis in Jewish education, from Sunday schools to university Holocaust studies programs, as one example of what he sees as an unfortunate trend tipping the scales from a necessary dedication to keeping alive the memory and the truth of the Holocaust to Holocaust memory emerging as the dominant feature of Jewishness in America.


What the Academy Award-Winning Holocaust Film “Son of Saul” Tells Us About the Power of One

On Sunday night, “Son of Saul,” a work of fiction set in 1944 at the very real Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.  A unique aspect of this Holocaust film is its focus (literally its camera lens) on a single man, Saul Auslander, a Jewish prisoner forced to help […]