“Your number was your name…that’s all he was to them.”
That's what 10-year-old Elliott said to his 90-year-old great-grandfather, Jack Feldman, pointing to the number tattooed on his arm,…A-17606. Jack is a Holocaust survivor who grew up in Poland before he was sent to Auschwitz. Elliott is the narrator of a new HBO documentary directed by Amy Schatz, The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm, which debuts Saturday, January 27 on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In the 19-minute film, the young boy explains what his great-grandfather's… >> Read More
When suburban Chicago mom Kelly Masterson looked over her eighth-grade son’s homework recently, she was, in her words, “flabbergasted” to see an assignment labeled “Hitler cartoon.”…Complying with his teacher’s instructions, her son Michael had turned in a comic strip describing Hitler’s rise to power, replete with swastikas and Nazi imagery. “I asked him, ‘Did you ask the teacher if you could use these images?’” she wrote in a Facebook post that quickly created controversy. “He said yes…” Still, she was… >> Read More
When my children were small, it wasn’t easy to stop by my mother’s house for Hanukkah.
Instead of menorahs and dreidels, my Holocaust survivor mother filled her house with Christmas tchotchkes.…A small tree. Some type of light up garland painstakingly strung around the family room, certainly a fire hazard. A dusty stuffed Santa Claus pulled out every year, in a sleigh intended to hold Christmas cards and, indeed, filled with Christmas cards from her old real estate clients, all of whom thought she was Christian.… >> Read More
The other day, someone tweeted, “Name a b*tch badder than Taylor Swift.” The tweet was met with unexpected, albeit appropriate responses, referring to women, who survived life-or-death…situations, many of them during the World War II. I was pleasantly surprised that other Tweeters had these stories in their back pockets, and found them more impressive than that of becoming a rock star (although I am a Taylor Swift fan)! Being consciously aware of the past gives the present perspective; and while, I’m… >> Read More
Dear Larry David:
I want to be brutally honest with you today. It is my hope that you listen to my honesty and appreciate that while you are an expert in comedy and satire — you’ve been making…me laugh for decades — I am an expert in Holocaust education. It’s what I do. On Saturday night, your “Saturday Night Live” monologue — in which you wonder aloud if you would hit on women prisoners in a concentration camp — made my job infinitely harder to do. You see, Mr. David, it is not… >> Read More