I was outraged. I wanted to burn it all down. I wanted to pray.
Bearing witness, challenging God, voicing lament
In the face of evil, we tend to keep our heads down. Not Witold Pilecki.
Two tributes that offer behind-the-scenes glimpses of the beloved teacher
The Holocaust survivor’s response to suffering was to create joyful children’s books.
You cannot bear witness with a single word like genocide. Yet Night describes exactly what happened to me.
In Rachel Seiffert's novel, the characters' fears unite them as they watch and wait.
In Aharon Appelfeld's novel, a teenage Holocaust survivor sleeps, remembers, and learns to speak anew.
We need to study peace a lot harder than those who are studying war.
The Holocaust was perpetrated against specific groups of people. Is this fact a crucial part of every retelling?
Two compelling novels reveal the horrors of forced displacement.
Is it possible for two 12-year-olds to retain their innocence in a place like Auschwitz?
Elie Wiesel has died. Reading the obituaries, the thing that astounds me is the thing that has always astounded me: how young he was. Eighty-seven now, in 2016. I’ve been burying World War II veterans throughout my years of pastoral ministry. How could Wiesel only be 87?
In 1920, not long after the Great War, a little-known agitator gave a speech in Munich on the topic, "Why Are We Anti-Semites?" The speaker concluded that it was important to prevent Germany “from suffering a death by crucifixion." Of course this agitator became quite well known—it was Adolf Hitler—and we know what his antisemitism led to.
Like the Century, the Atlantic has been around a while. But they've got some much older archives posted online than we do. (We're working on it, slowly but surely.) Here's an astonishing example: from 1939, a firsthand account the Atlantic published of a German Jew's time in a concentration camp just before the war.