Friday, July 3, 2015 Tammuz 16, 5775
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Elliot J. Rosen
As another Yom Hashoah nears, it is important to recognize that each year, there will be fewer alive who were witnesses to that horror in history. During my years as a funeral director, I've agonized over watching the growing number of Holocaust survivors fade rapidly from our midst. Many of us fixate on the 6 million men, women and children...
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Aaron Passman. JE Feature
Though Sam Barriskell is nearly 70 years younger than Lilly Drukker, the 13-year-old was keenly aware that in a different time and place, her story could easily have been his. Drukker was only 11 when the Nazis annexed Austria in 1938, and on Sunday, she held Barriskell and an intimate group of his peers rapt at attention as she related...
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The boardwalk will become a little more serious in its offerings
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A memorial to the Holocaust might be one of the last things a visitor would expect to encounter on the Atlantic City boardwalk, a destination that's promoted as an escape from everyday life. But a Margate rabbi has long dreamed of erecting such a structure right on the bustling boards, where millions stroll each year. And in the past few...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Despite having a master's degree in education, Sara J. Bloomfield isn't your typical educator. For one thing, you won't find her in a regular classroom. Still, her particular "lecture hall" last year hosted more than a million visitors, with another 25 million stopping by online. Bloomfield, who serves as executive director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington,...
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Joseph S. Finkelstein, JE Feature
On May 5 of each year, my father, Sol Finkelstein, declares, "Today is my birthday." Although he was born in September, Sol counts the start of his life from May 5, 1945 -- the day he was liberated from Mauthausen concentration camp. On that day, he emerged from a stack of corpses, under which he had been hiding from the...
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