• Blind Israelis March from Auschwitz and Birkenau with Their Guide Dogs

    Jerusalem Post A 28-minute documentary film, “Blind Love,” recounts a trip in 2013 to Poland of a delegation of six blind Israelis who lead the viewer on a different kind of journey. It was in the Majdanek Concentration Camp that Liron Artzi, a 30-year-old blind attorney from Tel Aviv, lost

  • Playing Music for the March of the Living, Violinist Yevgeny Kutik Writes About March of the Living

    Last week, at the invitation of International March of the Living (MOTL), I traveled to Poland to perform at the Holocaust memorial ceremony, held in Auschwitz- Birkenau. In addition to playing at the Auschwitz ceremony, I performed at a concert honoring the liberators who were the first to enter concentration

  • Looking Back at the Holocaust, Through a Child’s Eyes

    New York Times by Isabel Kershner JERUSALEM — Jakov Goldstein survived the Holocaust as a child by hiding alone for two years in a narrow attic, sustained by the books delivered each day by the eldest daughter of the Polish family that shielded him. Eliyahu Rozdzial turned 13, hidden alone

  • At the Jewish Museum of Vienna, Enduring Images of Europe

    By: Sarah Wildman, The New York Times   Erich Lessing is one of the foremost chroniclers of 20th-century Europe, known equally well for photographing politicians like Charles de Gaulle, Eastern Bloc beauty queens, and daily life — a bar mitzvah boy in postwar Poland, a tailor in front of his

  • Tracing Jewish Heritage Along the Danube

    The New York Times  By Lisa Schwarzbaum Like many who share my hair texture and fondness for rugelach, I am the descendant of Jewish forebears who boarded boats in the first half of the 20th century to escape bad times for our people in Central and Eastern Europe. These intrepid

  • March of the Living 2015

    J-Wire 70 years after the end of the Second World War 11,000 participants, both Jews and non-Jews, joined the 27th March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau. Coming from over 45 countries, they took part in the annual march from the gates of Auschwitz to a commemoration ceremony at

  • What ISIS Really Wants

    The Atlantic By Graeme Wood  What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael

  • The Last Trial: A Great-Grandmother, Auschwitz, and the Arc of Justice

    The New Yorker  Elizabeth Kolbert  Oskar Gröning, who has become known as “the bookkeeper from Auschwitz,” was born on June 10, 1921, in Nienburg, a town about thirty miles south of Bremen. His father, a textile worker, was a fierce German nationalist and a member of Der Stahlhelm (the Steel

  • 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

    On January 27, 2015 we commemorated the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi German concentraction and extermination camp Auschwitz. On this day the whole world was listening to the voices of Auschwitz. On this day we met at the authentic site of the former camp as the sign of

  • It’s Disrespectful for the Shoah’s Victims If All We Teach is Death

     Jewish News Online By Scott Saunders, Founder and Chair of March of the Living UK How do you understand the un-understandable, explain the inexplicable? Seventy years since the liberation of Auschwitz, we continue to grapple with the lessons of the Holocaust and how we should approach Holocaust education for our