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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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For nearly five years, beginning in 1940, Rachel Roth and her aunt Hela endured unspeakable torture, unimaginable deprivation, and unbearable suffering.

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38-year-old Hungarian director, László Nemes’ Oscar award-winning Holocaust-horror-pic “Son of Saul” is not easy to watch. Of course it is not intended to be easy to watch.

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A prophetic and thought-provoking comment appeared this morning in response to Thursday’s post “No Justice In The Face Of Auschwitz.”

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There is considerable irony in the fact that Giulio Ricciarelli’s 2014 film  “Labyrinth of Lies” which pleads for the preserving of painful memories has received so little attention since its release two years ago.

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Yesterday in Detmold, Germany 94-year-old Reinhold Hanning was sentenced to five years in prison.

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The Holocaust of European Jewry impinges on my consciousness more often than is probably normal. It is tempting in thinking about the Holocaust, to think only of the Nazi-operated concentration and extermination camps.

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If you ever get a chance to hear Jeannie Opdyke-Smith tell her mother’s story don’t miss the opportunity. Jeannie is a powerful story-teller; her account of her mother’s years in Poland as a rescuer of Jews from Nazi tyranny is a riveting narrative.

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Do not read this post if you do not want to be deeply disturbed.

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