‘Vergissmeinnicht’ Project Tells Holocaust Stories from Child’s Point of View

Friedchen Fichtelberger was born Dec. 4, 1927 in Ermerhausen, Germany. But the date of his death is unknown, because Friedchen was lost to history, one of the 1.5 million children killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during the Holocaust. But now Friedchen’s story, and those of two dozen other German Jewish children and their… Read More

Survivor Bronislawa ‘Bronka’ Taler Eluded Nazi Capture 1924-2017

After surviving the Holocaust on the run for six years, the adventurous and boisterous Bronislawa Taler would eventually build a home in America and raise a family who would carry on her legacy. The Annapolis resident died on Saturday of congestive heart failure. She was 93. Family and friends remember Taler, or “Bronka,” as they… Read More

Explaining Trump

The rabbinic principle is shetikah ka-hoda’ah: Silence is concurrence. Why has the JT fallen down on the job, by not reporting President Donald J. Trump’s latest snub of worldwide Jewry? The AP story was “Trump Speech Takes Place …” at Polish uprising monument, but, unlike all former presidents and vice presidents visiting Warsaw since 1969,… Read More

You Should Know… Alyssa Geller

The energetic and involved Alyssa Geller, communications  manager at Beth El Congregation, hails from Columbus, Ohio by way of Long Island, where she was born. The 29-year-old is a graduate of  the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where she majored in communications because she wanted to apply her creative side to her work. “I’ve  always been… Read More

Where There Is Life, There Is Hope

“Though she may be short in stature, [my great-grandmother] is my hero.” With these words, Lexi Silverman introduced Minnie Osher, a Holocaust survivor, to Roland Park Country School as the keynote speaker for its 25th Yom HaShoah program on April 28. Osher, 91, who still speaks with an accent portraying her Polish heritage, was only… Read More

Donald Trump Remembers Holocaust in Washington

In a somber, conventional 15-minute speech, President Donald Trump commemorated the Holocaust Tuesday in Washington, D.C., by praising the survivors of the genocide of 6 million Jews and pledging to stand against anti-Semitism. Speaking in the Capitol Rotunda, Trump headlined the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s annual Days of Remembrance ceremony. “Despite your great pain,… Read More

WWII Jewish Resistance Fighter Speaks at Towson for Yom HaShoah

For its fifth annual Holocaust Survivor Speaker for Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) on Monday, Towson University featured Howard Kaidanow, who as a 13-year-old joined the Partisans, a World War II resistance group, after his parents were both killed by Nazis and their collaborators. The event was started off by Walter Gil, a Towson professor… Read More

Celebrity Photographer Trains His Lens on Holocaust Survivors

Harry Borden is Britain’s Annie Leibovitz. Sort of. The American-born, U.K.-raised portrait photographer, 52, admits there “are some parallels” in their careers, though “obviously, I’m nowhere near as successful,” he said. Still, Borden is England’s go-to photographer when a publication wants a celebrity portrait. Elton John, Paul McCartney, Ewan McGregor and, perhaps most famously, Margaret… Read More

When What’s Past Is Prologue Jewish Museum of Maryland exhibit looks at the Holocaust from new angles

Arbeit macht free — work sets you free. That simple phrase is the now-chilling epitaph that greets visitors at the entrance to concentration camps — most notoriously, Auschwitz. Auschwitz is one of the most well-known symbols of the Nazis’ horrifying ideology — “The Final Solution” to the “Jewish Question.” Before it was liberated by the… Read More

Frieda Pertman, Holocaust Survivor, Remembered for Quick Wit, Resilience

In her 80s, Frieda Pertman started telling her kids: “Well, at least I won’t die young.” She died instead just six months shy of her 100th birthday Feb. 15 at Springwell Senior Living Community in Mount Washington. Frieda, says her family, was the ultimate survivor — of the Holocaust, of post-World War II Poland, of… Read More