11 Sep, 2020

Remembering 9/11 by Remembering Some of Those Who Lost Their Lives

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Today is 9/11. Somehow it strikes me as odd to remember that day in the middle of a new calamity. The COVID-19 pandemic certainly is a different calamity altogether. I'm [...]

13 Dec, 2019

In Memory of Michael Steinberg, One of the Greats of the Creative Nonfiction World, and a Most Generous Man

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This week I was immensely shocked and saddened to learn that my mentor Michael Steinberg died. I found out via a Facebook post from a mutual acquaintance. I had just [...]

18 Jan, 2019

Stumbling Upon Oskar Schindler’s Grave in Jerusalem

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One of the things I love about Jerusalem is that you stumble upon historically significant sites all the time. Such was the case last weekend, when my husband and I [...]

9 Nov, 2018

Eyewitness Accounts for Today’s 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

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The destruction of the synagogue in Reichenberg (Liberec), November 9-10, 1938 Last year I wrote about Remembering Kristallnacht in Liberec, which is featured in my book Jumping Over Shadows. [...]

11 Sep, 2017

Remembering 9/11

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It's been my custom to commemorate 9/11 by taking my Portraits 9/11/01 off the shelf and opening it at random to read some of the obituaries the New York Times so admirably [...]

1 May, 2017

Jerusalem: Beit Nechemia

May 1st, 2017|Tags: , |

Today is Yom HaZikaron, the day Israel remembers its fallen soldiers. As the mother of two IDF soldiers (My daughter wrapped up her service last year; my son is still [...]

24 Apr, 2017

Book Companion Post – Chapter: Surberg Concentration Camp Memorial

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Today is Yom HaShoa, Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorated by Jewish communities and individuals worldwide. In Israel, the most remarkable feature of the day is the siren that sounds at sundown (when [...]

20 Oct, 2016

A Visit to the Warsaw Jewish Cemetery

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The Warsaw Jewish Cemetery is a forest of its own. (Photo by Rivka Schiller) I have a certain fascination for cemeteries, and when my friend Rivka Schiller recently shared her [...]

14 Mar, 2016

When a Friend Dies

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Today I found out by happenstance, via Facebook, that a friend of mine passed away. We weren't close friends or I would have known that her battle with cancer had [...]

16 Nov, 2015

There Must Be Something to Set Against All This

November 16th, 2015|Tags: , |

Whenever something horrible happens like the Islamist terrorist attacks in Paris this past Friday, I ask myself, there must be something to set against all this. This is a line [...]

11 Sep, 2015

Remembering 9/11

September 11th, 2015|Tags: |

Every year, to commemorate 9/11, I take my Portraits 9/11/01 off the shelf and open it at random to read some of the obituaries the New York Times collected so [...]

13 Nov, 2014

When Past and Present Evil Collide

November 13th, 2014|Tags: , |

Dalya Lemkus - May soon her family be able to look at her picture without crying.     Sometimes all I can do to come to grips with a terrible [...]

11 Sep, 2014

Remembering 9/11

September 11th, 2014|Tags: |

For my generation, today's date will live in infamy. It will simply never again be another day. 9/11 will always make me shiver, and I will always have second thoughts [...]

11 Sep, 2013

My 9/11 Tribute

September 11th, 2013|Tags: |

Thanks to doing my Morning Pages, as soon as I wrote out the date this morning, it hit me what day it was: 9/11, and thanks to my ritual of [...]

16 Jul, 2013

On Attending Memorial Services

July 16th, 2013|Tags: |

  Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, where one of the memorial services was held. Within the last two weeks, I attended the memorial services for two men in their late [...]

9 Nov, 2012

In Memory of Kristallnacht

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The "Temple of the Israelite Cultural Community" in Reichenberg, burned down during Kristallnacht November 9-10 marks the anniversary of Kristallnacht, when in 1938 in all the territories controlled by the [...]

11 Sep, 2012

A 9/11 Tribute

September 11th, 2012|Tags: |

I wrote about my 9/11 ritual last year, but I will write about it again this year, and probably in years to come as well, because that is what a [...]

27 Jul, 2012

In Memory of Munich

July 27th, 2012|Tags: , |

As the Olympic Games open in London, I dedicate my blog post today to the 40th anniversary of the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the Olympic Games [...]

11 Sep, 2011

9/11 Tribute: Portraits of Grief

September 11th, 2011|Tags: |

Remember the "Portraits of Grief" the New York Times published in the months after 9/11? The little stories about the individuals who perished that day that the NYT staffers put [...]

24 Jul, 2011

Oklahoma City Memorial: Every Item Had a Story

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We visited the Memorial of the Oklahoma City bombing on Thursday, and it saddens me how oddly fitting that visit now is given Friday’s rather similar tragedy in Norway. Visits [...]

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