This poem was written in memory of Kristallnacht (Nov. 9-10, 1938) in honor of those who suffered
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.
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.
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.
It wasn't the first time that a French president acknowledged his nation's Holocaust-era guilt, but Emmanuel Macron's speech Sunday was nonetheless groundbreaking in format, content, and style.