Reflection: Fourteen-Year-Old Jewish Hungarian

By Laura Howells I can’t get the naked girl out of my mind. Her ribs jut out of her back. Her breasts are non-existent. She’s skin and bones and dark, arresting eyes that pierce the camera. Her name is “Fourteen-Year-Old Jewish Hungarian” and hundreds of people gawk at her every day. I certainly did. This […]

Reflection: “Dig Where You Stand”

By Amanda McGowan In Berlin, reminders of the past are everywhere. Pedestrians trip over “stumbling blocks” embedded in the sidewalks, etched with the names of Nazism’s victims. Visitors to the opera find themselves standing above a glass plate through which ghostly, empty bookcases are revealed, marking the spot of a 1933 book burning. Atop one of the city’s most […]

Reflection: A Meeting, A Museum

By Sonner Kehrt In southwestern Berlin, in an area called Wannsee, there’s a beautiful old mansion. In 1942, SS Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich held a meeting there for senior SS officers and other Nazi leaders. The meeting had one purpose: to discuss the methodical extermination of Europe’s Jews. Part of the power of FASPE is that it incorporates […]

On the Presumed Power of the Press

By Shira Telushkin Why didn’t the press shout? In the ongoing game of victim vs. perpetrator, the press has long been placed among the accused. Why didn’t the journalists write more stories, place them higher, publish stronger headlines? Why didn’t The New York Times scream of this Jewish massacre? If only people had known, then […]

There Is No News From Auschwitz: Impressions from Visiting a Nazi Death Camp in 2017

By Daina Beth Solomon BRZEZINKA, Poland — Some 7,500 people were clinging to life at the Auschwitz concentration camps when liberation day came in 1945. Many died only days later — of starvation, winter, disease. Today, only 300 are alive. Their stories still haunt the southern Polish towns of Brzezinka and Oswiecim, about 40 miles west of Krakow, where […]