Jewish Journal

What happened at Belzec

by Alan Elsner

April 3, 2013 | 2:22 pm

The walkway into the Belzec memorial. Below: The museum at Belzec. Photo by Yarek Shalom/Creative Commons

In the summer of 1993, my father and I visited the site of the extermination camp of Belzec in eastern Poland, where my grandparents were among half a million Jews murdered by the Nazis in... read full article

  • Reliving the Holocaust

    By Jane Ulman

    April 3, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    "They’re going to come with the dogs. They’re going to start beating me.” Pola Lipnowski spoke in Yiddish, an expression of sheer terror on her face. She turned to her daughter, Hendel Schwartz, for protection. 

    But Lipnowski was not in Poland. She was in her room at Emmy Monash...

  • Rescuers of the ‘50 Children’

    by Gerri Miller, Contributing Writer

    April 3, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we honor those lost in the Shoah and the few who were saved through circumstance, luck or the efforts of courageous individuals. People like Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg and the Bielski brothers immediately come to mind, having been the subjects...

  • How the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum changed my life

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 3, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    My daughter, Ilana, then a young college student, asked if she could go with me to the opening of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, on April 22, 1993 (the date was tied to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising’s 50th anniversary). I said: “I will be leaving very early.” She...

  • Boy Avenger

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 3, 2013 | 9:19 am

    I began reading Jonathan Kirsch’s “The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat, and a Murder in Paris” (Liveright Publishing Co., 2013) with considerable skepticism. As Kirsch, a prolific author, attorney and book editor for the Journal,  notes,...

  • Resistance and rescuers: Holocaust books for kids

    by Lisa Silverman

    April 3, 2013 | 9:05 am

    When children approach their parents with inevitable questions about death, divorce, homosexuality or how babies are made, adults often turn to books to find the right words to start the discussion. The same is true of another sensitive subject that defies simple explanation: the...

  • Exhibit recalls Jewish refugees and Nazi prisoners held together in Canadian prisons

    by Arno Rosenfeld, JTA

    April 1, 2013 | 8:42 am

    When Austrian and German Jews escaped Nazism by fleeing to Britain during the 1930s, the last thing they expected was to find themselves prisoners in Canada, interred in camps with some of the same Nazis they had tried to escape back home.

    But that's what happened to some 7,000...

  • Thousands attend March of the Living in Auschwitz to honor Holocaust victims

    by DPA, The Associated Press and Haaretz

    April 19, 2012 | 10:43 am

    Thousands of youth from Israel, the United States and other countries marched Thursday between Auschwitz and Birkenau, the two parts of Nazi Germany’s most notorious death complex, to honor the millions killed in the Holocaust.

    Some 10,000 Jewish youths from Israel and 30 other...

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