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Shards of broken glass

Today Jews will commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of the Broken Glass), the first large-scale attack on German Jews in the Third Reich.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Still from the film featuring Waldheim appearing on Austrian national TV

Ruth Beckermann’s new film is a persuasive accounting of the life and political career of Kurt Josef Waldheim, laying bare the revelations about his World War II military service.

Wes Hopper
A woman in \WWII era dress stares out over a body of water

Renowned French-Jewish director Emmanuel Finkiel’s new film, A Memoir of War, is a haunting meditation on the pain of not knowing.

Wes Hopper
View through barbed wire at barracks as in a concentration camp

All of a sudden, I got very scared, realizing in a very visceral way that my children will never hear firsthand a story of the Holocaust.

Sophie Elwood
Side view of the Statue of Liberty during an orange sunset

What happens when we let unfounded fear of one another obstruct our nation’s heritage of acceptance and of fair treatment under the law? 

Rabbi Leah Doberne-Schor
The author and his elderly mother posing together against a white background

There are some questions about growing up as the son of Holocaust survivors I had never asked my parents, so a week before Mother’s Day, I phoned my 96-year-old mother, Adela, and asked her to shar

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Unemployed men queued outside a Depression era soup kitchen opened in Chicago by mobster Al Capone in 1931

What did American voters, the constituents who may have done more to pressure their lawmakers to intervene, know at the time?

Ron Kampeas (JTA)
Close-up of flame of single yellow candle

Yom HaShoah is a day of mourning in Israel. Many stores close, music on the radio reflects the somber nature of the day, and most amazing is the sound of the siren.

Rabbi Victor S. Appell
Yellow raise boots on a wet wooden surface covered in leaves

"They know people died but nobody tells them about the worlds that were lost."

Julia Knobloch
Group of small yellow candles; flames of background candles are slightly out of focus

To make the ceremonies and reflections of Holocaust Remembrance Day meaningful, there must be ways it informs our decisions as Jews and as human beings all year long.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald

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