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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.
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.
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.
Anne Fontaine’s dark and disturbing 2016 film “Les Innocents” tells a tragic and painful tale based on real events.
The 2016 film “Alone In Berlin” by director Vincent Pérez, has for the most part received either modest praise or harsh criticism.
From 1940 to 1943 the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto struggled for survival under unimaginable conditions.
In most spiritual teachings, “resistance” is a “four-letter word” – something to be avoided at all times.
On the evening, throughout the night, and during the following day of November 10/11, 1938 Nazi persecution of Jews in Germany ramped up to a whole new level surpassing the commonly accepted “respectable” antisemitism practiced in so much of the world community in the early twentieth century.
For nearly five years, beginning in 1940, Rachel Roth and her aunt Hela endured unspeakable torture, unimaginable deprivation, and unbearable suffering.
Even for a movie, it is a curious and implausible scenario.