May 18, 2016
ISSUE | HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL A reminder to stop all genocide As a Jewish American, I was heartened to learn of the plans for a Holocaust Memorial Park, including the 1964 sculpture at 16th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway ("Never, ever forgotten," Thursday). To me, the three famous questions of the renowned Jewish thinker Hillel are germane: 1. If I am not for myself, who will be for me? The proposed memorial, and many similar efforts nationwide, should serve as a living reminder that never again should Jews be threatened or killed, or allow ourselves to be. 2. But if I am only for myself, who am I?
May 5, 2016
ISSUE | GENOCIDE Hate-speech ad It is outrageous that the Inquirer published an advertisement paid for by the Turkic Platform promoting denial of the Armenian genocide. The full-page, color ad ran on April 20, during the week that people around the world commemorate Turkey's genocide of millions of Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians from 1915 to 1923. By printing this ad, the Inquirer allowed itself to be caught up in the increasingly aggressive campaign of genocide denial waged by the Turkish government and its surrogates.
May 5, 2016
By James Waller Zalman Gradowski, a Jew from Luna in the district of Grodno, on the border of Lithuania and Poland (present-day Belarus), arrived in Auschwitz on the morning of Dec. 8, 1942. Upon arrival, his mother, wife, two sisters, brother-in-law, and father-in-law were taken immediately to the gas chambers. Gradowski, an able-bodied man, was assigned to the Sonderkommando squad, the prisoners who serviced the crematoria by pulling out the bodies, plundering the corpses, burning the remains, and disposing of the ashes.
December 28, 2015 |
For Christians across the nation and globe, the Christmas season is about glad tidings of joy and peace. But we must not forget that what accompanied the birth of Jesus - the "reason for the season" - was anything but joyful: King Herod's slaughter of male infants in Bethlehem. Today, 20 centuries later, Christians along with other religious communities in Syria and Iraq, including Yazidis, Shi'a, Turkmen, and Shabak, face a new Middle East tyrant in ISIS. But unlike Herod, whose real aim was to destroy one child among thousands, ISIS's goal is to obliterate the communities themselves.
October 17, 2015 |
The Armenian genocide has been shrouded in silence for a century. Undertaken in 1915 by the Ottoman Empire, the systematic extermination of the predominantly Christian ethnic group led to 1.5 million deaths. While the genocide was depicted by Hollywood as early as 1919 in Ravished Armenia , it has been ignored by filmmakers, with the notable exception of Atom Egoyan's Ararat (2002). It was welcome news when one of Europe's leading cinematic lights, Turkish German director Fatih Akin ( Head On , The Edge of Heaven )
July 31, 2015 |
"THE LOOK of Silence" follows up on the disturbing documentary "The Art of Killing" - the latter Oscar-nominated, but viewed by some as morally queasy. Joshua Oppenheimer's original film invited perpetrators of the mass genocide that occured in 1960s Indonesia to re-enact their crimes in front of the camera. Many did, with disturbing enthusiasm. Detractors said that Oppenheimer had turned a horrifing historic incident into an abstraction and an art project - fair points. In response, Oppenheimer said that by asking the killers to play to the camera instead of pretending it wasn't there, he got them to reveal more than conventional journalistic questioning would have elicited.
July 17, 2015
BLACK PEOPLE using the Confederate battle flag to promote their cause - a smart attention-grabber, or out of bounds? On a large poster outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center from Monday through Wednesday, smack in the face of 3,000 people attending the 106th Annual NAACP Convention, was the rebel flag, the same one recently hauled down by South Carolina. Given what was going on inside, the poster shrieked. The flag was the left panel of two condemning abortion. The right panel depicted a 10-week-old aborted fetus.
June 12, 2015 |
ANYWHERE IN the world where injustice reared its ugly head, it wouldn't have been surprising to find Sheri Rosenberg there, fighting it. Sheri roamed the world lecturing on human-rights law and spoke tirelessly about the evils of genocide and the plight of all victims of intolerance. Much of her motivation stemmed from the fact that her late father, Marcus Rosenberg, survived the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz as a child, and her mother, Ann Pappenheim, escaped Vienna in 1939, a year after the Nazis took over.
April 30, 2014 |
At the front of the Abramson Center for Jewish Life synagogue on Monday, 8-year-old Isabella Chelder learned that Ester Auerbach lost everything when she was about Isabella's age. The Nazis turned Auerbach's community into a ghetto. They took her from her parents, and she never saw them again. About 100 people gathered at the center in North Wales for a ceremony to remember the millions of Jews who were imprisoned or murdered during the Holocaust. "We are all survivors today," Rabbi Josh Zlochower said.
April 19, 2014 |
LOWER MERION Five years ago, Abri Bernstein's mother took her to see a grim documentary called The Devil Came on Horseback, about war, famine, and genocide in a remote land 6,500 miles away, the troubled Darfur region of Sudan. Bernstein was a 13-year-old seventh grader in Harrisburg at the time, but after what she saw, she said, she had to do something. "Being Jewish and having distant relatives who were killed in the Holocaust, it bothered me that genocide was happening," she recalled.