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Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Music Amid the Memories of Horror

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Music Amid the Memories of Horror

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch had arrived by normal train to Auschwitz in September of 1942, not in a cattle car. Although she was a Jew, her job in a paper factory had protected her – until she and her sister were arrested for forging travel documents for French prisoners of war. So they were considered criminals, a […]

Book Review: Polish Patriot, Soldier, Spy

Book Review: Polish Patriot, Soldier, Spy

“In the Underground, it became a rule not to live in one place too long,” writes Jan Karski, in his memoir of the Polish resistance. Agents moved quickly from site to site in Nazi-occupied Europe. In Warsaw, they were beaten but fighting on, navigating borders while carrying messages to an outside world that wasn’t ready […]

Letters to the Editor: Jul/Aug. 2013

To the Editor With thanks for the kind review of my book: When Even the Poets were Silent. [“Breaking the Silence”, TVR May 2013] But I was surprised that there was no mention of how much help I received from the people of Vienna. Holocaust survivors are usually very critical about Austria, but I have […]

Mauthausen Memorial

Mauthausen Memorial

Sunday, 5 May 2013: Two hours out of Vienna, past palatial Melk, across a sweeping plain sprouting green shoots and golden raps, picking up the coursing Donau, veering through a biscuit-box village into leaden Erinnerungstraße past retinues of police and a rickety hunter’s lookout, the bus lurches at the shoulder of a granite-grey wall. The […]

A Chick Lit Holocaust Memoir

A Chick Lit Holocaust Memoir

Holocaust memoirs are many, often beautiful, almost always reflective, even philosophical and deep. An art form all their own, from another place, from other lives, other times: wonderful, but distant. Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler is different. This memoir feels very “now”, the chick lit of Holocaust memoirs with an unintentional feminist message: Women […]

Book Review: Nathan ­Englander’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Book Review: Nathan ­Englander’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

To Talk or Not to Talk “Ideas belong to the world,” writes Nathan Englander in his controversial new short story collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. “The world is both wonderful and terrible, but ideas belong to us all, and that’s what we need to explore.” On a hot evening […]

Ernst Eisenmayer: The Dignity of Life

Ernst Eisenmayer: The Dignity of Life

Ernst Eisenmayer was just 18 when he was arrested in Saarbrücken in 1938, as he tried to escape to France. As a consequence, he was deported to Dachau. Now, the 92-year-old painter and sculptor looked me straight in the eyes as he paused to gather his thoughts. In his penetrating look is still written the […]

Teaching the Holocaust

Teaching the Holocaust

Leo Bretholz remembered the scene with perfect clarity, although some seven decades had passed. He had been standing in the courtyard of their family farm in the rain, looking up at his sister’s room, where he could see her cowering behind the window, her brown hair and pale face unmistakable though the glass. “She was […]

Book Review: Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands

It Tolls for Thee “By making death itself anonymous,” wrote Hannah Arendt in 1951’s The Origins of Totalitarianism, “[mass killing] robbed death of its meaning… Death merely set a seal on the fact that [someone] had never existed.” For Arendt, the industrial nature of Soviet and Nazi mass murder brought European society to an apex […]

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