At 90, Gert Levitan decided it was time to tell the unlikely love story of her parents, and how a beloved Yiddish daily played matchmaker.
How might America meet its own moment of moral challenge today if we were to engage habitually in acts of collective responsibility for our past?
There were swastikas and the words “Mayor Marx = Jude,” “Dirty Jew, get out” and “Jews want to destroy Whites.”
If we forget the history of the Holocaust, we are doomed to repeat it. If we forget the values of the United States, we are doomed to betray them.
A German woman in attendance said: “I think what we just saw was anti-Semitism.”
The Holocaust was the attempted destruction of a civilization and also the total destruction of an idea.
German police have launched an investigation into the theft of at least 12 inscribed metal memorial stones embedded in the pavement.
My family was supposed to leave Germany on November 10, 1938, but Kristallnacht foiled our escape plan. What my mother did next saved our lives.
“The story I had always been told started to come apart.”
That this terrible crime occurred in Germany feels weighty and symbolic but is maybe irrelevant, at least when it comes to the crime itself.