In December 1976, thanks to my therapy experience with young adult children of Holocaust survivors, I found myself attending a workshop with Dr. Henry Krystal, the psychoanalyst who virtually created trauma therapy as a specialized field. I knew, of course, that Krystal was himself a Holocaust survivor and that he had initiated the psychoanalytic study group I was attending. But I was nevertheless unprepared for the question he approached me with after the discussion.
Born to agnostic Jewish parents, Simone Weil was a French philosopher, a social and political activist, pacifist, prolific writer and Christian mystic. Today, she is barely remembered. Now, a new documentary has brought Weil back to the attention of American audiences.
Agnieszka Holland’s Oscar-nominated film depicts the true story of a Polish sewer worker who helps Jews escape the Holocaust. He does it for money, not honor.
Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” introduced the world to the improbable enigma and moral dilemma of a German Nazi Party member who rescued Jews. The combined commercial forces of Spielberg and the Hollywood image-making machine turned Oskar Schindler into a larger-than-life hero.