• The book that kept them together – despite the Holocaust

    As a Dutch Jewish couple hiding separately from the Nazis, Emmanuel Joels and Hetty van Son were literally drawn together by a comic book of Emmanuel’s romantic invention. After narrowly avoiding deportation to Auschwitz thanks to a policeman’s tip, the young couple spent 2 1/2 years living less than a

  • Humor and the Holocaust? Documentary explores the boundaries of comedy and tragedy

    Is it inappropriate to joke about the Holocaust? Is it acceptable to make fun of slavery? Can we find humor in topics like cancer and AIDS? Is it too soon to crack wise about 9/11? These are some of the questions raised by “The Last Laugh,” director Ferne Pearlstein’s thoughtful,

  • Survivors project to save Holocaust stories

    As years pass, first-hand accounts of Holocaust survivors are disappearing. An initiative at Carleton University hopes to preserve the oral histories of Ottawa-area survivors and is looking to crowd-fund the $7,500 it needs to get the cameras rolling. Bruce Deachman reports. Judy Young-Drache was only a year old in the

  • At special Seder, Holocaust survivors entrust stories of endurance to the young [photos]

    In the run up to the Passover holiday, Jewish Family and Children’s Services designed a dinner to help the next generation learn about the Holocaust from those who survived it. Fifteen-year-old Olivia Gusdorff didn’t mind the abridged Haggadah, or that grape juice substituted for wine — she was there for

  • Holocaust survivor shares experiences with students

    A room full of junior high school students sat and listened attentively while Leah Goltzman shared her childhood story. The 78-year-old Holocaust survivor told about 130 Banquete Junior High School students at the Jewish Community Center to never take freedom for granted. Their eyes widened as the Poland native talked

  • Imre Kertesz, Nobel Laureate Who Survived Holocaust, Dies at 86

    Imre Kertesz, a Nobel laureate who was acclaimed for his semi-autobiographical novels on surviving the Holocaust and its aftermath, died on Thursday at his home in Budapest. He was 86. His death was confirmed by Krisztian Nyary, the head of Magveto Publishing, which publishes Mr. Kertesz’s works in his native

  • New voices add to history of Holocaust

    A LOT has been written about the horrors of Auschwitz and the suffering of its victims. Yet in the eyes of Israeli historian Gideon Greif, the body of literature on Auschwitz cannot be considered complete without a reference to the Jews who worked in that factory of death. His research

  • Survivor tells of life as a child during Holocaust

    Holocaust survivor Alex Buckman shared traumatic stories from his childhood during a presentation for students Tuesday at South Delta Secondary. Buckman, originally from Brussels, was born Oct. 31, 1939. Ten months later the Nazis invaded Belgium. “Then everything changed for my family,” he said. He explained how, for his protection,

  • ‘Holocaust Heroes: Fierce Females’

    Tribeca artist Linda Stein creates big, heroic tapestries made of scavenged black leather, elaborate brass buckles, historic artifacts, news articles etched into fabric, and metallic zippers that rip across her work like sewn-up wounds. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the dark, discarded, and resurrected materials, but there’s a more

  • Helping Holocaust survivors helps all of us

    Sam and Frieda grew up in the same city in Poland, but they met walking down the same street at a displaced persons camp in Germany in 1946. “I noticed her right away,” Sam Weinreich said, looking at Frieda as if he was seeing her for the first time. “I