On two separate, unseasonably warm December days this year, my infant son met his great-grandmothers for the first time. He was old enough to look them in the eyes and offer the most heartrending of…smiles, but he's nowhere near old enough to understand the magnitude of the moment, which completely took my breath away. Both of my son’s great-grandmothers were alive and in hiding during WWII. Both of them grew up with very little family because of the Holocaust. In fact, all of my grandparents were survivors, one grandmother… >> Read More
If you’re like me, you’re probably trying to balance how to teach your kids about the big, important things while not petrifying them with the harsh realities of the world. My twin boys are 4.…They want to knoweverything — and sometimes it seems like they do. But I also see them get scared of Antiochus on Hanukkah, or Haman on Purim, or the ever-looming “bad guy” that features in every animated series or movie, from Paw Patrol to Moana. I am reminded of how little they are, and how… >> Read More
Nearly 72 years ago, Holocaust survivor Otto Frank released his daughter's posthumous diary for the world to read. Since then, The Diary of a Young Girl has been published in more than 60 languages…and young Anne Frank has become a global icon. Though she died at age 15 in Bergen Belsen, both Anne and her diary remains as relevant as ever, continuing to educate youth about the horrors of the Holocaust, in particular, and hate and discrimination, in general. But in 2018 — a turbulent year during which… >> Read More
If someone read and reviewed your diary, how many stars would it get? Well, it depends on how juicy and engaging the content is — according to some harsh critics on Goodreads, at least.
While…perusing 1-star reviews of iconic books on Goodreads, writer Anna Fitzpatrick discovered something astonishing: scathing comments on Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Yes, the Anne Frank who chronicled life as a Jewish teen during the Holocaust in her now-famous wartime diary she fondly called "Kitty." "Do you ever log on and read 1-star… >> Read More
If you've Googled anything today, you may have been struck by a harrowing black-and-white Google Doodle featuring a typewriter. It honors Nelly Sachs, an incredible German Jewish poet and Holocaust…survivor. Sachs was born to a well-to-do Jewish family in Berlin 127 years ago, on December 10, 1891. As a teen, Sachs was inspired by the writing Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf, to whom she wrote admiring letters. Much of her early published work was inspired by Lagerlöf's romantic style. As Hitler rose to power, Sachs was only… >> Read More