If Jewish history has one binding motif, it’s this: We’re the people who start over. No matter how big the trauma or how devastating the loss, we gather our remnants and pull through, comforted by the knowledge that we’re neither the first nor, sadly, the last to have to persevere in the face of devastation.

Today, we’ve three stories about rebirth and its cost: One that examines the efforts to universalize the Holocaust and recast it as a tragedy that’s no longer meaningful particularly to Jews; one that revisits the legacy of Sabina Spilrein, one of psychoanalysis’s first female pioneers and a victim of the Nazis whose acclaim is rising posthumously; and one that takes the author on a visit to France with her survivor grandmother as the two grapple with forgotten stories, newly discovered facts, and misremembered histories.


Raped By Carl Jung, Then Murdered by the Nazis

But the theft and erasure of Sabina Spielrein’s intellectual legacy by the psychoanalytic establishment may be an even more troubling crime


Confronting Memories of Nazi-Occupied France

A trip with my grandmother to her French hometown revealed a complex narrative of forgotten stories, newly discovered facts, and misremembered details


The Holocaust Without Jews

Attempts to universalize the specific suffering of Jews in the Shoah go hand in hand with efforts to de-legitimize the Jewish state

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