By PAMELA ENGEL | Associated Press – Sun, Mar 24, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Saplings from the chestnut tree that stood as a symbol of hope for Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis for two years in Amsterdam are being distributed to 11 locations in the United States as part of a project that aims to preserve her legacy and promote tolerance.
(JTA) – Italian soccer players expressed their opposition to racism by honoring a Jewish coach who was killed in the Holocaust.

Simon Wiesenthal Center calls the statue 'HIM' by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan 'a senseless provocation which insults the memory of the Nazis' Jewish victims.'

August Kowalczyk, 90, was one of only 9 fleeing inmates to survive escape attempt

From the editors

Author's welcome

Memories. For most of us, the word conjures up an image from our

childhood, our youth. The word has a pleasant and homey feel to it, and

reveries of our past touch our hearts. But as we wander through our

deepest memories, will it occur to us that there might be some people who

would rather forget? These would be people whose hearts do not fill with

satisfaction at the memories of their past, but are even horrified, agitated,

or haunted by them, people who do not know how to deal with their

memories and want only to be free of them, and see liberation from their

irrepressible memories in forgetfulness.


A Hasidic legend tells us that the great Rabbi Baal Shem Tov, Master of the Good Name, also known as the Besht, undertook an urgent and perilous mission: to hasten the coming of the Messiah. The Jewish people, all humanity were suffering too much, beset by too many evils. They had to be saved, and swiftly. For having tried to meddle with the history, the Besht was punished; banished along with his faithful servant to a distant land. In despair, the servant implored his master to exercise his mysterious powers in order to bring them both home. "Impossible," the Besht replied. "My powers have been taken from me." "Then, please, say a prayer, recite a litany, work a miracle." "Impossible," the Master replied, "I have forgotten everything." They both fell to weeping.

“Controversy can be a great silencer” (Riley, 2001: 151).

“The Holocaust occupies a prominent place in the collective memory of the UK.” – writes Paul Salmons in the opening sentence of his essay (2003:139). Let me alter this sentence to be descriptive of Hungary: The Holocaust does not occupy a prominent place in the collective memory of Hungary.

Current issue


by Attila Novak

Following World War II, the youngest generation of the eliminated and decimated Jews, their surviving children were for the most part put in children's homes. These homes were in part connected to the old Jewish infrastructure, but new homes were also established. One of the aims were to try and replace the exterminated families, and so everyday life and upbringing attempted to follow the famly model.

Personal stories

My whole life has been affected. Every day, I am grateful to the Lord for not becoming embittered or discouraged. For I could start a new life.

The first time I went back to Ravensbrück was some fifty years after. I was terribly afraid, but felt that I had to. And now I am glad that I did it, I received a lot of love from young people out there and that gave me new strength. I am not discontent.

"I want to ask you to get rid of prejudice. (...) Tell your future children what hatred is capable to cause. You must never forget that!"

Why do we need such writings when there is a Holocaust Memorial Day?

Why do we need them when the democratic states of the world regularly remember the horrors of the middle of the 20 th century?

Why do we need them when books like the monumental work of Randolph L. Braham about the tragedy of the Hungarian Jewry on more than 1300 pages: The Politics of Genocide - The Holocaust in Hungary are published?

We need these writing because authentic historical works focus on the extermination of the people and they never mention that eighty-year-old uncle Keller was taken by the beard and pulled all along between the benches of the Nagyfuvaros Street Synagogue

Educational materials


Diary is remembering, remembering is personal history: a precious historical source.

The methods of its historical elaboration are often defined: the author presents history through his personal experiences, from a peculiar perspective.

On the one hand it is something precious: history is put together from human stories and the result is history with flesh and blood characters participating, acting, suffering in it. These flesh-and-blood people are not the least different from the students and teachers present at the lesson.