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antisemitism: Then & Now
- Working Definition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance
- Educational Materials from IHRA
- Eva Heyman’s Diaries: An Instagram account that recounts the real-life story of a Jewish girl murdered in a concentration camp, by imagining she had documented her days on a smartphone
- Oprah Winfrey: Auschwitz Death Camp — Interview with Elie Wiesel
- Chief Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: The connection between, antisemitism, anti-Zionism, Judaism and Israel
- Ruth Wisse: The Dark Side of Holocaust Education
- Frontline: The Last Survivors of Auschwitz
- Jemele Hill: The Antisemitism We Didn’t See
- The Forward: Debating Labels: Stop Calling it Antisemitism
- Ray Allen: Why I Went to Auschwitz
- L.Z. Granderson: My First Brush with Black Antisemitism Came Early. It was Wrong Then. It is Wrong Now
- Ray Allen: Learning — And Teaching Others — About The Holocaust
- Mitch Albom: Antisemitic Posts—and Tepid Reactions—Should Enrage Us
- The Times of Israel: The Last Survivors of Auschwitz
- PBS Among the Righteous: A documentary movie to accompany the book by Satloff.
- The Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II: This documentary examines the role of African American soldiers in the liberation of concentration camps in Europe, and the segregation that they concurrently faced at home in the United States. There are extensive interviews both with soldiers and survivors about the impact of their shared historical experience. Although there has been some controversy about the historical accuracy of this film, it is a valuable contribution to the oral history of this period, particularly about segregation in the United States.
- Good Enough: One Man’s Memoir on the Price of a Dream: Leon Bass, a retired educator who as a young African American soldier entered Buchenwald shortly after its liberation, has dedicated his life to fighting racism. In his memoir, Dr. Bass reflects on his experiences of being told he was not “good enough” as he faced segregation in the United States, chronicles his career in education, and describes how he awakened to new possibilities as he listened to Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. The price to realize that dream, he explains, is to stand up and be counted by doing the right thing, whether large or small, every day.
- Interview with Dr. Leon Bass: I Had Come Face to Face with Evil: Leon Bass Talks about his Experiences of Racism
- Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations: Aired on PBS in 2020. Explore the recent rise in antisemitism, which is increasing in ways not seen since the 1930s, in the U.S. and Europe, and hear firsthand accounts from victims, witnesses and others who have experienced it.
- Who Will Write Our History: Who Will Write Our History tells the story of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, the secret archive he created and led in the Warsaw Ghetto. With 30,000 pages of writing, photographs, posters, and more, the Oyneg Shabes Archive is the most important cache of in-the-moment, eyewitness accounts from the Holocaust. It documents not only how the Jews of the ghetto died, but how they lived. The film is based on the book of the same name by historian Samuel Kassow.
Elie Wiesel: Night
Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie’s wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man’s capacity for inhumanity to man. Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.
Deborah Lipstadt: Antisemitism: Here and Now
The award-winning author of The Eichmann Trial and Denial: Holocaust History on Trial gives us a penetrating and provocative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on its current, virulent incarnations on both the political right and left: from white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, to mainstream enablers of antisemitism such as political figures, to a gay pride march in Chicago that expelled a group of women for carrying a Star of David banner.
Bari Weiss: How to Fight Antisemitism
On October 27, 2018, eleven Jews were gunned down as they prayed at their synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was the deadliest attack on Jews in American history. For most Americans, the massacre at Tree of Life, the synagogue where Bari Weiss became a bat mitzvah, came as a total shock. But anti-Semitism is the oldest hatred, commonplace across the Middle East and on the rise for years in Europe. So that terrible morning in Pittsburgh raised a question Americans can no longer avoid: Could it happen here?
Sidney Shachnow: Hope and Honor
General Sid Shachnow’s amazing memoir of his survival against all odds through the Holocaust, the Vietnam war, Special Forces assignments in the world’s trouble spots, and his eventual rise to US Army Major General, in charge of all US Special Forces.
Robert Satloff: Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust’s Long Reach into Arab Lands
Thousands of people have been honored for saving Jews during the Holocaust—but not a single Arab. Looking for a hopeful response to the plague of Holocaust denial sweeping across the Arab and Muslim worlds, Robert Satloff sets off on a quest to find the Arab hero whose story will change the way Arabs view Jews, themselves, and their own history. The story of the Holocaust’s long reach into the Arab world is difficult to uncover, covered up by desert sands and desert politics. We follow Satloff over four years, through eleven countries, from the barren wasteland of the Sahara, where thousands of Jews were imprisoned in labor camps; through the archways of the Mosque in Paris, which may once have hidden 1700 Jews; to the living rooms of octogenarians in London, Paris and Tunis. The story is very cinematic; the characters are rich and handsome, brave and cowardly; there are heroes and villains. The most surprising story of all is why, more than sixty years after the end of the war, so few people— Arab and Jew—want this story told.
- #AnneFrank- Parallel Stories: 2019 production on Netflix. Through her diary, Anne Frank’s story is retold alongside those of five Holocaust survivors in this poignant documentary from Oscar winner Helen Mirren.
- The Believer: The Believer is a 2001 American drama film directed by Henry Bean and written by Bean and Mark Jacobson. It stars Ryan Gosling as Daniel Balint, a Jew who becomes a neo-Nazi. The film is loosely based on the true story of Dan Burros,a member of the American Nazi Party and the New York branch of the United Klans of America. He committed suicide after being revealed as Jewish by a New York Times reporter. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and the Golden St. George at the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival.
- School Ties: School Ties is a 1992 American drama . When David Greene (Brendan Fraser) receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s, he feels pressure to hide the fact that he is Jewish from his classmates and teachers, fearing that they may be anti-Semitic. He quickly becomes the big man on campus thanks to his football skills, but when his Jewish background is discovered, his worst fears are realized and his friends (Matt Damon, Chris O’Donnell) turn on him with violent threats and public ridicule.