Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774
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When Henri Parens was 12 years old, he escaped a French concentration camp by crawling across train tracks, running through a barren vineyard and hiding in a toilet stall overnight. The following year, he traveled to the United States by himself, where he lived with a host family in Pittsburgh. It was then, in 1942, that he learned that his...
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Throughout the ages, the Exodus from Egypt -- and God's revelation of the Torah at Mount Sinai -- has represented the paramount moment of the Jewish experience. Yet the nadir -- the deadliest in a line of calamities that have befallen the Jewish people -- is so much closer to the present day. The two disparate epochs -- the revelation...
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Ryan Teitman
Abram Shnaper was shipped among seven different concentration camps throughout World War II. After narrowly escaping death at the last of them, he said, the first significant thing he did once he was liberated was to sit down and write down everything that had happened to him. He had found an old, battered, salt-and-pepper notebook, which served this purpose perfectly...
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Ryan Teitman
Just weeks before the start of Passover, Jews from the Conservative movement got a vivid reminder of their ancestors' many trials and tribulations as they perused a number of ancient treasures -- among them royal diadems and golden statuettes -- culled from an empire that had kept the Jewish people in bondage. On Sunday at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia,...
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The idea of a museum dedicated to retelling the history of Polish Jewry -- a state-of-the-art institution erected on Polish soil -- is moving closer to reality after more than a decade of planning, fundraising and, at times, heated debate over what exactly it should convey. The international team of planners behind the Museum of the History of Polish Jews...
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