Yom Ha’atzmaut

April 11, 2013

The excitement is infectious. The growth astounding. J Street, turning 5 years old next week, has grown steadily and exponentially. “We are an important voice in the debate and discussion about Israel,” said Jeremy Ben-Ami, executive director of J Street. “I don’t want to overstate anything. There has been very steady, gradual growth and gradual CONTINUE »

April 4, 2013

It was spring in northern Greece, 1943. Efthymios Kontopoulos, 13, had come to Thessaloniki for the day when he saw Nazis rounding up the city’s Jews. “My father brought me into town,” Kontopoulos, who is not Jewish, said. “We saw them being taken away. They were with their badges.”CONTINUE »

April 4, 2013

In a dark glass building here, Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter shows that his memory is crystal clear and his voice is strong. His responses seem a bit delayed —  not that different from other survivors I have known who are reluctant to speak openly about their experiences — but he’s doing just fine for a CONTINUE »

April 4, 2013

HBO honors victims and rescuers this Yom Hashoah with the screening of a new documentary by journalist Steven Pressman. The film, “Fifty Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus” is based on a previously hidden memoir written by Eleanor Kraus of Philadelphia.CONTINUE »