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

Oy Vey, Donald!

Full disclosure requires that I admit to voting for Donald Trump and fully supporting him as president of the United States. Of course, my friends here in New York, especially the Jewish ones, thought I was absolutely meshugah for coming out of the conservative closet. However, I saw an extremely successful businessman who, I believed,… Read More

‘Tell Your Story’

While it may not seem like the breaking of glass windows at Jewish-owned buildings by the Nazis would have inspired any creativity at all, two upcoming concerts at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda prove that it takes a lot more than that to quiet art. In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, more than 300… Read More

On Deaf Ears

“I could scarcely believe that such a thing could occur in a 20th-century civilization,” President Franklin Roosevelt declared in the wake of the Nazis’ Kristallnacht pogrom, which devastated the German Jewish community 75 years ago next month. Most Americans, like their president, were appalled to read of Nazi stormtroopers burning down hundreds of synagogues, ransacking… Read More

Kristallnacht

“How did I become aware of Kristallnacht?” asked Holocaust survivor Johanna Neumann of Maryland. “[Nov. 9 to 10, 1938] was not in the era of TV, of radio, etc.” It did not have to be. Neumann, who was 8 years old at the time, discovered the horrors of the Night of Broken Glass, which continued… Read More