January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. How should we observe it? With each passing year, the question grows more pressing, as we near the awful day when the last survivor passes and the worst tragedy in Jewish history stops being a living memory and becomes a purely historical event for us to wrestle with and ponder.

Today, we’ve three stories about making sense of the unthinkable: One in which a famous novelist contemplates who gets to trifle with despair; one about a fabulist who wrote himself into the Holocaust; and one about a judicious contemplation by a 13-year-old American girl, one Ruth Bader (soon to be Bader Ginsburg).

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The Milk Can

Who gets to trifle with despair?

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The Impostor

Javier Cercas’ new book is an insightful literary investigation into the lies of a Spanish narcissist who passed himself off as a victim of the Holocaust

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Read Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Teenage Essay on the Holocaust

‘Dare we be at ease?’ wrote Bader Ginsburg in Brooklyn in 1946

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