Reflections

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 […]


Day #1: Remembering Isn’t Inevitable.

By Laura Howells The central institutions of Nazi persecution — the leadership of the SS, the Gestapo, and eventually the Reich Security Main Office — were located on these grounds in central Berlin between 1933 and 1945. For four decades, there was a gaping wound in the middle of Berlin.The site of former SS and Gestapo headquarters was, and […]


Day #2: The New Normal

  By Kate Harloe We came to Europe in part to study the past, but it’s been hard to stay away from the present — especially for the journalism fellows. In the roughly four months that President Trump has been in office, he’s called the news media the “enemy of the American people.” He has repeatedly called factual journalism “fake.” He’s […]


Day #5: The Photography of Terror

By Renee Gross As I walked around the train tracks, where Berlin Jews were transferred to ghettos and concentration camps, I reached for my phone to take photographs. I wasn’t sure why. I worried that I just wanted something to occupy my hands and distract me from my feelings. Appropriate etiquette for interacting with Holocaust […]


Day #6: The Death Camp Next Door, Confronting Poland’s View of the Holocaust

By Jacques Gallant At Auschwitz I, there’s a house just steps away from the gas chamber that was used to murder prisoners. Someone still lives in it. I was struck by the fact that there are people in Poland who still reside right next door to camps where over a million Jews were killed. Enter […]