• This is the first time since the spring of 2019, and the Pandemic, that I have enjoyed the opportunity to teach Holocaust Studies & Prevention to my high school students in Pittsburgh. I am currently sharing individual memoirs with them, as well as our reading Irving’s work of love, “Bondi’s Brother,” together.

    Further, I have been invited…[Read more]

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    I am still reading ‘Five Chimneys’, but last night with it was very difficult for me. I have heard many survivor accounts, quite a few face-to-face; none have been as graphic or detailed as Olga’s.

    Three issues have been particularly disturbing for me. Te first deals with the SS’s masterful, twisted use of human psychology. We have the…[Read more]

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    I have just finished ‘On Austrian Soil’ a few minutes ago. There is so much I have swirling around in my head… I am unsure where to begin now.

    I think “response-ability” is one place. I feel a sense of both hope and purpose within this idea: being not only ABLE, but PUSHED to fight against silence.

    Silence is a direction I am drawn to,…[Read more]

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    I found myself ordering books this evening, as I continue reading Sondra’s On Austrian Soil:

    Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

    The Devil That Never Dies: the Rise and Threat of Global Antisemitism

    Remembrance and Reconciliation: Encounters Between Young Jews and Germans

    Perhaps I will even have time…[Read more]

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    I am one of those ‘unfortunates’ whose reflections were lost in the ‘Great Site Security Upgrade of 2015’. Hopefully, I can make up for that now, rewriting what couldn’t be digitally recovered.

    I am about halfway through On Austrian Soil, and while there are many ideas and issues that have caught my attention, two stand out for me particula…[Read more]

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