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On 7 November 1938 Herschel Grynzspan a 17-year-old Polish Jewish student, desperate about the fate of his family who had been deported from Germany, but refused admittance to Poland, walked into the German embassy in Paris and shot the German diplomat Ernst vom Rath.

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Sir Max Hastings FRSL FRHist was born as the Second World War came to an end. He went on to become a distinguished British journalist, foreign correspondent for the BBC, prolific author, and historian of World War II.

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“I’ve heard it is really depressing”….

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Zvi Kolitz  was a Jewish journalist, and resistance fighter born on December 14, 1912 in Lithuania; he died September 29, 2002 in New York City.

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In his short novel Holy Week A Novel of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, first published in Polish in 1945, Andrzejewski Jerzy tells the story of Jan and Anna Malecki’s attempt to shelter Jan’s Jewish friend Irena Lilien in Gentile Warsaw during the Jewish uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto in the spring of 1943.

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Today in Israel, the nation came to a stand-still.

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Yesterday at our 9:00 and 11:15 services, Cornelia van Voorst, an artist in our community, shared some powerful reflections on the process of her artwork.

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After the world’s failure to address the tragic situation of Jews throughout Europe in the 1930’s and 1940’s,  and the resulting atrocities Jews were forced to endure, it might be expected that world leaders would have made every possible effort to improve life for those few Jews who miraculously survived the Holocaust. Sadly, this was not the case.

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In his extraordinary autobiographical novel Bread For The Departed, Bogdan Wojdowski tells the agonizing story of the Warsaw Ghetto seen through the eyes of David Fremde.

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Anne Fontaine’s dark and disturbing 2016 film “Les Innocents” tells a tragic and painful tale based on real events.

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