HOLOCAUST MEMORY

The Armenian genocide and „The Promise”

As Peter Balakian points out in the Preface of his book, The Burning Tigris: The Armenian genocide and America’s response (New York: Harper Perennial, 2004), the Holocaust had a significant [...]

The Vilnius Jewish Ghetto

A few weeks after his daughter’s wedding, on September 23, 2001, Joe Sabrin’s father, Abrashe Sabrin, passed away. He was one of the few Holocaust survivors of Vilnius (Vilna). As he was going [...]

Small town America and the Banality of Racism

Never in my life did I think that my small town, Saline Michigan, would make national and international news, much less for something as negative as racism. Originally a tiny farming community, [...]

A Spiritual Visionary

Review of “Abraham Joshua Heschel, Mind Heart and Soul” by Edward K. Kaplan Edward K. Kaplan’s monumental new biography of Abraham Joshua Heschel, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Mind Heart and Soul [...]

Perpetuating Holocaust Memories: Bipartisan support for The Never Again Education Act

One of the many difficult lessons the Holocaust has taught us is that Jews need not be influential or numerous in a country to give rise to anti-Semitism. According to the United States Holocaust [...]

The Turning Point of the War

Review of 1941 by Andrew Nagorski We tend to think of D-Day as the turning point of WWII: the day the Allies landed in Normandy to liberate France, and the entire Europe, from the Nazi invaders. [...]

Paola Minekov’s Undercurrents: The cover for Holocaust Memories

I have chosen Paola Minekov’s painting Undercurrents as the cover for my book of reviews of Holocaust memoirs, fiction and films, Holocaust Memories. Paola is a Bulgarian-born artist living in [...]

Psychopaths in history and life

Review of The Inner World of the Psychopath by Steve Becker Psychopathy is the psychological root of evil. Understanding what makes psychopaths tick can offer us invaluable emotional protection [...]

A precedent for the Holocaust: The Armenian genocide and „The Promise”

As Peter Balakian points out in the Preface of his book, The Burning Tigris: The Armenian genocide and America’s response (New York: Harper Perennial, 2004), the Holocaust had a significant [...]

Survivors Club: A Family’s Legendary Tale

Michael Bornstein’s Holocaust survival story is the stuff that legends are made of. A few years ago, Bornstein ran across a photo taken from footage taken by Soviet troops of the recently [...]