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Holocaust transport train on tracks

Whispers grow of a stealthy increase in “Holocaust fatigue” among all the generations. What is required is resetting of the narrative reset.

Arthur B. Shostak, PhD
Lighted candle flickering in total darkness

This poem was written in memory of Kristallnacht (Nov. 9-10, 1938) in honor of those who suffered

Stacey Zisook Robinson
Photograph of entrance to Birkenau concentration camp taken from the level of the train tracks leading into the camp

When Holocaust survivors tried to tell their stories, most people – even therapists – would not listen to or believe them. The consequences have been multigenerational.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Shattered glass

Visiting Leipzig in 2014, I told of my father’s arrest in that city on Kristallnacht. In the congregation, sat a man with my name with an incredible story about that same night.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
Black and white movie still of two Orthodox Jewish men in black hats and jackets

The black and white film 1945, in Hungarian with English subtitles, is charged with historical allegory and symbolic dread. It teaches: Acknowledge the sins of the past, as your soul may depend on it.

Wes Hopper

Holocaust survivor, author, and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, who died on July 2, 2016, spoke with a moral authority rarely matched in his lifetime. In this critical time, we return to his 2005 words.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Stone wall engraved with the Biblical quote YOU ARE MY WITNESSES from Isaiah

If you won't stand for Hitler's legacy to rise again, then I ask you: When hate is screeched from the airwaves, you must stand on higher mountains and call out words of love and affirmation.

Rabbi Robert A. Nosanchuk
Hungarian Jews arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau

When I was little, my dad tucked me in at night and took me to the beach. Little did I know that he had helped save Hungarian Jews during World War II.

Cammy S. Bourcier
Grainy image of the Warsaw Ghetto in flames during the Warsaw Uprising

This original poem by a Reform Jewish poet was written for the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula and was initially recited at this year's Yom HaShoah's observance.

Stacey Zisook Robinson
Interior perspective of The Evidence Room with models of Auschwitz gas column and gas tight hatch plaster casts and model of gas tight door

The Evidence Room, an installation on view at the Royal Ontario Museum, is a stunning reminder of how difficult it is to prove criminal intent – in this case, the planned systematic murder of 6 million Jews.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

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