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1st Candle: A photo with a universal message of religious freedom

A menorah defies the Nazi flag , 1931Chanukah is the Jewish festival of religious freedom. The  festival is largely noted for a battle for Jewish religious freedom, a fight against Greek / Hellenistic oppression and the ability to rededicate the Temple. Throughout Jewish history the Chanukiah, the eight-branched candelabra was a symbol of hope and deliverance. The light that emanates from it gave us hope that when others denied us our basic freedoms.

There is a famous photo from Chanukah 1931 taken in the house of Rabbi Posner and his wife Rachel. Taken opposite the Nazi headquarters, Rachel snapped a photo (more…)

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Film Review: Sarah’s Key (French: Elle s’appelait Sarah)

Sarah’s Key (French: Elle s’appelait Sarah)

Kristan Scott Thomas in Sarah's Key
Kristan Scott Thomas

2010 was the year that French filmakers turned their attention to French involvement in the Shoah and in particular the July 1942 Vel d’Hiv round up of over 13,000 Jews by the French police, so called because the internees were initially held in the ‘Vel d’Hiv’ Parisian velodrome before being taken to internment camps outside of Paris and onto extermination camps in Poland.

Initially, I thought this film was another film about the Shoah but it is so much more than that.

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