A History of the Grandparents I Never Had

A newly translated excerpt unearths the lives—from the shtetl to Auschwitz—of ancestors who died before the author was born

Israel Gutman, Holocaust Survivor and Scholar

The longtime Yad Vashem historian died Tuesday in Jerusalem at age 90

Chagall’s Dark Side on Display in New York

The Jewish Museum exhibit features the painter’s work from 1930 to 1948

The Problem With That Holocaust Video Game

A few guesses as to why Nintendo passed on the perplexing game

Germany Investigating 50 Auschwitz Guards

40 of the suspected former guards alive in Germany, many will face charges

Egypt Violence Is Not ‘Worse Than the Holocaust’

It was only a matter of time before we heard this

An Unexpected Family Reunion, Seven Decades After the Holocaust

My husband’s grandmother’s family was decimated by the Nazis. But at 95, she discovered relatives she never knew.

New Exhibit Honors a Portuguese Diplomat Who Saved Thousands From Nazis

Aristides de Sousa Mendes lost his reputation and his home. Now the grandson of a man he saved tries to restore both.

Holocaust Graphic Novels Give Israelis a Way To Connect to a Past Not Quite Theirs

New publications from Rutu Modan and Michel Kichka offer bittersweet depictions of the complicated history of 20th-century Jews

Living the Nightmare of Mass Murder in Oscar-Nominated Doc The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer’s brutal film about the Indonesian genocide shows us what history looks like when blood-soaked sociopaths win

Why the New ‘Holocaust Music’ Is an Insult to Music—and to Victims of the Shoah

A recent wave of performances turns Jewish composers into shadow images defined only by their status as Hitler’s victims

What Spinoza Knew and Neuroscience Is Discovering: ‘Free Will’ Doesn’t Exist

In a new book, Heidi Ravven draws on philosophy, history, and neuroscience to argue that ethical behavior comes from looking outward, not within

Myth of Italian Oskar Schindler Debunked

Giovanni Palatucci wasn’t a rescuer—he was a Nazi collaborator

Jewish Comedy Has Earned Big Praise, But Is It Time to Stop the Joke-Telling?

Scholar Ruth Wisse likes to laugh as much anyone, but also sees peril when Jews can’t seem to quit clowning around. In ‘No Joke’ she explains why.

The Ukrainian Nazi Living in Minnesota

94-year-old Michael Karkoc has been in the United States since 1949

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