Upstairs in the Hollandsche Schouwburg is a small display. There are pictures, documents and letters from the 1940's when the theater was used as a place to hold the Jews until they were transported out of Amsterdam. While we were visiting, there was also a school group there. From the students' accents, I assume they … Continue reading Theater Lesson
The Day of Judaism (January 17) is a day dedicated to Christian-Jewish reflection. The Roman Catholic Church in Italy started this day in 1990. I am not entirely sure of the history, but I believe it is intended to be a way for Christians to better understand the Jewish roots of their faith. In 1997 … Continue reading Stolperstein and The Day of Judiasm
Friday night my husband and I went to Boston to see Joanna Caplan's premier performance of Total Verrückt! at the Charlestown Working Theater. This is a one-woman show that was conceived, created and performed by Joanna. It portrays the "totally crazy" circumstances of the German-Jewish former stars of the Weimar Republic that found themselves in … Continue reading Total Verrückt! Encore
Yesterday was quite exciting for me. I decided to look into the fate of the 7 Jews (of which my grandfather was one) who were named in the documents that Eichmann's office and Speer's office were discussing. This is what I came up with: Broder was sent to Westerbork in February 1944 and then Theresienstadt later … Continue reading Oberländer Overseas
I have been collecting information like crazy since I was in D.C. What started out as a nugget has been a strike on the mother lode. My new source is Myriam. She has been sending me e-mails every couple of days with bits and pieces that are amazing. Each one is more interesting than the … Continue reading Speer vs Eichmann
Yesterday the State of Connecticut held its 35th Holocaust Remembrance Commemoration. My mother was the keynote speaker. Instead of writing about it, I'll let mom speak for herself. The video of the entire ceremony is a little over an hour. Mom is speaking for about 20 minutes starting at the 32 minute mark. Spoiler alert: … Continue reading Way to Go, Mom!
This summer when I started this project in earnest, I began with an internet search. I simply started by Googling various family members' names and followed any leads I came across. I spent a few evenings in a very unscientific search through cyberspace and came across something that I thought was startling. My grandfather's name … Continue reading The Eichmann Trial