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Review: The Matchmaker
Arik (Tuval Shafir), a restless Israeli teenager, struggles against the cultural limits of Haifa in 1968 — it's a provincial prism untouched by rock music or the sexual revolution.
| June 22, 2012
Review: The Karski Report
After nine and a half hours of Shoah , what remains to be said? Everything and nothing, but some testimonials in Claude Lanzmann's Holocaust account begged for elaboration, among them a segment in which Polish underground hero Jan Karski described his
Elaborations on Claude Lanzmann's Holocaust account
| March 23, 2012
Review: Free Men
In a little known footnote to the Holocaust, the head of the Paris mosque, Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit, helped many Jews escape the Nazis.
Solidarity and mistrust in war-time Paris
| March 17, 2012
Review: Being Jewish in France
"A love affair gone sour," is how one of the writers quoted in director Yves Jeuland's documentary describes the Vichy collusion with the Nazis, which ended with thousands of French Jews rounded up by Gendarmes and shipped to death camps.
Yves Jeuland's documentary
| March 16, 2012
Review: The Names of Love
Child abuse, genocide — those French have a way with romantic comedies.
Softcore sex and politics
| August 19, 2011
Review: La Rafle
In La Rafle , director Rose Bosch boldly tackles the psyche of Hitler, showing the Führer enjoying the high life with Eva Braun as he instructs his minions to pressure France to hand over its Jews so he can sate his genocidal bloodlust before the Allie
The psyche of Hitler
| July 22, 2011
Performing words written en route to Auschwitz
It is barely conceivable how one woman, at a way station en route to Auschwitz, wrote so ardently of purple lupine.
BY MEGAN GRUMBLING
| April 29, 2011
Review: A Film Unfinished
Some realities even the best propagandists can't spin.
Documentary reassembles footage discarded by the Nazis
| September 24, 2010
In April 1915, Turks of the Ottoman Empire began killing the Armenians in their midst.
‘The Armenian Genocide: 95 Years Later’
| April 16, 2010
Life after Pi
In contemporary literature, the Holocaust is the okapi in the room: looming and somehow irresistible.
Yann Martel’s next allegory
| April 16, 2010
Hidden letters from the Holocaust
Thirteen years ago, a carpenter demolishing an old tenement in Amsterdam found 86 letters and postcards and one telegram hidden in the attic floor.
| April 09, 2010
White-supremacist code printed nationwide
While von Brunn survived to face federal criminal charges and may yet die slowly in federal prison, he did manage to get newspapers around the globe to print a white-supremacist code praising Adolf Hitler right next to his name.
Co-Opting the Media
| June 19, 2009
There was room for more than one young Jewish diarist in the occupied Amsterdam of World War II. Anne Frank, who died as a teen, is a 20th-century icon. But until recently, her feisty innocence hid Etty Hillesum's fire.
The Wrestling Patient at the BCA; the Lyric's Speech & Debate
| March 31, 2009
Edward Zwick directs the true-ish tale of the Bielskis.
Perfectly coiffed actors in the unforgiving woodland setting is a poor choice
| January 13, 2009
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The performances never falter, and even James Horner's heavy-handed score can't dim the film's unfathomable, unshakable ending.
A stirring glimpse at Europe's darkest hour
| November 11, 2008
Film on the fringe
Virtually every major city in this country hosts at least one “Jewish Film Festival” each year (even Baton Rouge and Dayton).
Jewishfilm.2008 explores the frontiers
| March 25, 2008
In the front window of Stairwell Gallery sit Leif Goldberg’s life-sized coyote-man marionette and some of Erin Rosenthal’s Garbage Dancers .
New exhits at the Stairwell, Bannister, and URI galleries
| March 19, 2008
A child of Hitler
This article originally appeared in the February 1, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Growing up in the Third Reich (a memoir)
| January 30, 2008
Diamonds in the rough
In 1941, 27-year-old Polish Jew Meyer Hack was deported to Auschwitz along with his mother, two sisters, and brother.
Holocaust survivor Meyer Hack kept a special collection of jewelry secret for 60 years
| January 17, 2008
History as melodrama
Nations lie about the past.
| April 13, 2007
Maybe things are getting better.
Truth and reconciliation at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
| January 10, 2007
When film festivals are programmed as extensions of life, not merely celebrations of cinema, commerce, or hype, everybody wins.
The Boston Jewish Film Festival celebrates life as usual
| October 31, 2006
Africans suffer while the world stands by
Raised on a steady diet of “Never Again,” members of Brown University’s Darfur Action Network found it infuriating to watch the international community stand idly by as murder and rape in Darfur continued unabated.
Despite the efforts of student activists, it’s hard to get Americans to care about death, rape, and disease in Sudan
| June 07, 2006
Like many harrowing Holocaust accounts, Hungarian Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész’s Fateless , an autobiographical novel about his captivity in Auschwitz and other camps, poses the experience not as a special case but as a metaphor for the human conditi
Holocaust account paints picture of the human condition
| May 25, 2006
Democracy and distaste
David Irving is a British historian who has spent his professional career first denying that the Holocaust took place, then saying that it had been grossly exaggerated. He is a deeply unsympathetic character.
The Phoenix Editorial: What we can learn from the case of a Nazi apologist
| February 22, 2006
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