If you take a look at bookstore shelves and bestseller lists, it seems that readers continue to seek out stories about the Holocaust. This is in no way a bad thing — more people should learn about…the Holocaust, not less. Among recent buzzy Holocaust novels are Julie Orringer's The Flight Portfolio (May 2019), which tells the tale of Varian Fry, who helped thousands of Jews flee occupied Europe and became the first American to be named “Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum. Georgia Hunter’s We Were the Lucky Ones… >> Read More
Sunday morning. While you were likely noshing on bagels or schlepping your kid to Hebrew school, a chilling artifact was delivered to Manhattan's Museum of Jewish Heritage: a windowless boxcar that…was used to transport Jews to Nazi death camps. The vintage German train car is among 700 Holocaust artifacts that will be featured in the museum's forthcoming exhibit, "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away." The road to the worst massacre of the Jewish people began with the boarding of such a wagon — the… >> Read More
Today at Buckingham Palace, Prince William honored an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor and educator named Vera Schaufeld (née Lowyova) with an MBE for services to Holocaust education. An MBE denotes a…Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, which is a Very Big Deal Indeed. In May 1939, when she was 9, Vera fled Czechoslovakia on the the Kindertransport, which brought thousands of young Jewish refugees to Great Britain between 1938 and 1940. "My last sight of my parents was as they stood… >> Read More
We had just visited Auschwitz, and I was ovulating.
We had spent the day touring barracks where people — including our grandparents — lived in terrible conditions, and gas chambers where…people took their final breaths. After such an emotionally and physically draining day, we got back to our hotel in Krakow, and sat there speechless, tears streaming down our faces. And yet, my husband and I had been trying for a baby, and it was time to do the deed. It seemed incredibly jarring to… >> Read More
At first, it seems like John and Amy Israel Pregulman nailed the ideal "digital nomad" lifestyle. The very-much-in-love couple travels the and country and the world, side-by-side, working for an…organization they built, together, from the ground up. "Every day we wake up and go, 'We can't believe we're getting to do this,'" Amy tells me from the passenger seat of the car, as the couple is en route to Boulder from their home in Denver. But here's the thing: The Pregulmans don't have a… >> Read More