holocaust stories

Movie review | The Pianist
November 16, 2016
Author: Diane Halm

The movie opens during the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939. By October 31, 1940, the Nazis have forced all the Jewish residents to abandon their homes and move to the ghetto. The family has to sell its prized possession, the piano, for next to nothing.

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Movie review | Life is Beautiful
July 29, 2016
Author: Diane Halm

Life is Beautiful, written, directed and starring Roberto Benigni (who won the Best Actor Oscar for this role), captures the power of love, family and imagination to conquer all.

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Jewish Followers of Jesus Who Perished in the Shoah
April 27, 2016
Author: Elliot Klayman

Jews who believed in Jesus got no “exemption” from the Holocaust.

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Leon Rosenberg: the Tragedy of the Beth El Congregation
April 26, 2016

About 300 members of the Beth El Congregation of Hebrew Christians in Warsaw died in the Holocaust, including Leon Rosenberg’s daughter and her husband.

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Bazyli Jocz: Believer and Shoah Martyr

Bazyli Jocz, a Jewish believer in Jesus who worked with the Church’s Ministry among Jewish People (CMJ) in Warsaw, Poland, was betrayed to the Gestapo and shot.

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Theresienstadt: The Same Fate
Author: Kai Kjær-Hansen

It is estimated that as many as ten percent of the Jews in Nazi Germany believed in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah. And they suffered and went to their deaths along with their fellow Jews.

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Hate Is Not That Complicated
April 14, 2015
Author: Stephen Katz

On the eve of Yom HaShoah, an American Jew writes about his family’s fate in the Holocaust.

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Walking with the Enemy: Movie Review
April 21, 2014

Walking with the Enemy, a new Holocaust-centered film by a new director and a new production company, officially releases on the 25th.

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No Place On Earth

No Place on Earth — Movie Review
April 18, 2013

Movie Review No Place on Earth (2012) PG-13 -reviewed by Arielle Rothbard Last Friday, on opening day for Janet Tobias’ No Place on Earth, I had several presuppositions upon entering the theater. I imagined that the film would be solely narrative, being that the events were over seventy years old.  I expected the first showing […]

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – Movie Review
April 11, 2013
Author: Matt Sieger

Movie Review The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008) PG-13 -reviewed by Matt Sieger April 7–14 marks Holocaust Remembrance Week in the United States. Among the many compelling films one could view to remember the victims of the Shoah, I would like to recommend the simple yet overpowering movie, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, […]

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My Personal Journey to Understand
March 30, 2013

Because the Lord has granted me a ministry to several Jewish people who survived the Nazi Holocaust, I am doing my best to learn about and better understand the loss, grief, guilt, and trauma that they suffered. Last week, Oded, a close friend, and I visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. –> Because the […]

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Ambiguity: A Defense Against Truth?
March 29, 2013
Author: Andrew Barron

Alan was spiritually hungry. He wanted me to know that he strongly identified as a Jew, yet he was not finding answers to spiritual questions that haunted and preoccupied him. I spent quite a bit of time with Alan. I told him that there were no easy answers to his questions. I shared my story […]

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Dare We Hope?
September 1, 2002

How do we find personal hope in God?

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Train of Life
January 1, 2001

The word whimsical” seems out of place when describing a story set against the backdrop of the Holocaust, yet the 1999 Paramount Classics film, “Train of Life” indeed is a whimsical treatment of a serious topic. In fact, there are many humorous scenes. The humor is not about Nazis or the Holocaust—but about life and […]

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