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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.
Cultural limits
By MILES HOWARD  |  June 22, 2012
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 23, 2012
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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
By  |  March 17, 2012
Being Jewish In France

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 16, 2012
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Review: The Names of Love

Child abuse, genocide — those French have a way with romantic comedies.
Softcore sex and politics
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2011
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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
By TOM MEEK  |  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.
Poetic collage
By 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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 24, 2010

The horror

In April 1915, Turks of the Ottoman Empire began killing the Armenians in their midst.
‘The Armenian Genocide: 95 Years Later’
By GREG COOK  |  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
By CLEA SIMON  |  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.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  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
By JEFF INGLIS  |  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
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 31, 2009

Review: Defiance

Edward Zwick directs the true-ish tale of the Bielskis.
Perfectly coiffed actors in the unforgiving woodland setting is a poor choice
By BRETT MICHEL  |  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
By PEG ALOI  |  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
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  March 25, 2008


‘Beings’ there

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
By GREG COOK  |  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)

By ALFONS HECK  |  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
By IAN SANDS  |  January 17, 2008

History as melodrama

Nations lie about the past.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 13, 2007

Right turns

Maybe things are getting better.
Truth and reconciliation at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 10, 2007


Eternal returns

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
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  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
By ALEXANDER PROVAN  |  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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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
By EDITORIAL  |  February 22, 2006