The date of Ernest Michel’s death was fitting, somehow. A Holocaust survivor and former executive vice president of UJA-Federation of New York from 1970-1989, Michel died at home on May 7, in the week between Yom Hashoah and Yom Ha’atzmaut.
In essays by grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, one might expect a sense of inadequacy and guilt. Instead, there’s empowerment, and an appreciation of the privileges of freedom.
Israel Gutman, Israel’s most prominent survivor historian, died in Jerusalem on October 1.
Vladka Meed, one of the last surviving leaders of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, died in Phoenix on November 21 just before her 91st birthday.
Holocaust scholar Henry Friedlander, who established the significance of Hitler’s mass murder of the disabled as a precursor to the Shoah, has died. He was 82.
Those who lived through the Holocaust understandably have a different perspective on it than scholars who study it. At long last, they are starting to understand one another.
Peter Novick, author of ‘The Holocaust in American Life,’ argued that Jews overused the Holocaust to create a false sense of oppression in the U.S.
Eli Pfefferkorn was sent to a concentration camp and lived to tell about it, albeit 65 years later. He sheds light on how real human beings lived and died amid the horror.
Hyman Bookbinder was an institution in Washington D.C. With a gift for compromise, the AJC leader built support for civil rights and Israel.
Marilyn Henry was the quintessential old-school girl reporter — more Hildy Johnson in “His Girl Friday” than Brenda Starr. Her laser-sharp brain could cut through the most complex philosophical, financial, legal, religious and arcane data to get to the heart of a story.