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How a Violin Brought a Holocaust Survivor and a 12-Year-Old Girl Together

By On February 23, 2017

“How long can you live with memories?” asks 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold at the start of Joe’s Violin, an astounding Oscar-nominated short documentary. It’s not an easy question to answer, but his new… Read More

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How It Felt to Be a Holocaust Survivor in Skokie, Illinois

By On February 20, 2017

On June 25, 1978, after a year-long legal battle that had the whole nation debating the limits of free speech, a group of white supremacists were poised to march in the bucolic… Read More

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How One Toy Inventor Bluffed His Way Through the Holocaust

By On February 1, 2017

Henry Orenstein is a tinkerer. That’s how the 93-year-old Holocaust survivor has come up with some of the most genius inventions in toy history: Suzy Homemaker, Johnny Lightning, a “hole card” camera… Read More

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Meet Israel’s Miss Holocaust Survivor 2016

By On November 2, 2016

When a little girl dreams of being crowned pageant queen, it’s not usually accompanied by the title that came with Israeli Anna Grinis’s recent win: “Miss Holocaust Survivor.” But for Grinis, who… Read More

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A Granddaughter’s Visual Journey Through Her Bubbe’s Tragic Past

By On October 13, 2016

Amy Kurzweil’s The Flying Couch is an engrossing, graphic new take on a rich topic: third-generation reckoning with the legacy of the Holocaust. Through whimsical and moving cartoons, Kurzweil weaves together her own hypochondriacal girlhood, her… Read More

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When the Holocaust Debuted on 1950s Reality TV

By On October 6, 2016

As Holocaust survivors leave us, we can be thankful that their testimony has been recorded in hours of interviews and in memoirs. But in 1953, one of the first primary sources the… Read More

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Chicago’s 96-Year-Old Barber from Auschwitz Has Finally Retired

By On September 13, 2016

Benny “The Barber” Scheinkopf has closed up shop. After cutting hair for over 60 years in West Rogers Park, Chicago, the 96-year-old Auschwitz survivor has decided he has better things to do… Read More

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Brother Theodore Survived Dachau Then Made Dark, Wonderful Comedy About Despair

By On September 1, 2016

If you were knew of Brother Theodore, you know him for his monologues. Lit starkly, dark eyes aglint, the German-born Jewish comedian ranted about death and dismay—in the funniest way possible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbkgLdXPL64… Read More

This Holocaust Survivor Won More Olympic Gymnastic Medals Than Any Other Jewish Woman in History
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This Holocaust Survivor Won More Olympic Gymnastics Medals Than Any Other Jewish Woman in History

By On August 22, 2016

Sixty years before Aly Raisman brought home her gold, the world had its eyes on another Jewish Olympic gymnast: a Hungarian woman with a backstory even more arresting than her floor routine.… Read More

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The Jewish Louis Armstrong Died in Obscurity 40 Years Ago Today

By On August 8, 2016

Forty years ago today, the world lost a little swing in its step. The swing belonged to a remarkable jazz musician named Adolph “Eddie” Ignatievich Rosner. Rosner was known for playing two… Read More

These Survivors Turned a Nazi's House Into a Kibbutz After Liberation
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These Young Holocaust Survivors Turned a Nazi’s House Into a Kibbutz

By On July 18, 2016

In September of 1945, on the heels of liberation, a group of survivors came together to form a kibbutz in a rather unlikely location: on the estate of Julius Streicher, publisher of… Read More

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Meet The Wonderful Old Men of The Holocaust Survivor Band

By On June 1, 2016

Take two Holocaust survivors, Saul Dreier, 91, and Reuwen “Ruby” Sosnowicz, 88. Add Ruby’s daughter, vocalist Chana Rose, and other guest vocalists and musicians, and together you get the Holocaust Survivor Band,… Read More

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