In a new PBS documentary, Emmy-winning director Marian Marzynski tells his story as one of the few child survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto. In his film Never Forget to Lie, Marzynski speaks of the Holocaust as a universal human experience and aims to reach a wide audience, especially non-Jews. “I want non-Jews to know the Holocaust in such a way that they can apply it to their own lives,” Marzynski said. “This is the job I am doing, transferring the Holocaust experience to a new audience.”
In the hourlong film, co-produced with Jason Longo, Marzynski retraces his early years, chronicling his parents’ secular lives in prewar Warsaw, their confinement in the ghetto, his escape to the Aryan side of the wall, and his journey to the Catholic orphanage where he embraced life as a dutiful altar boy.
With an artful, empathic hand, he tells…
Today, anti-Israel activists on U.S. college campuses aren’t just burning flags or threatening violence. Now anti-Israel elements are using tactics that may sound less extreme, even though they are just as terrifying. Calling it a “new intifada,” Tzahi Gavrieli writes in an op-ed for Ynet that the newest campaign sweeping college campuses seeks to delegitimize Zionism in its entirety, and the results could be incredibly dangerous.
It is not coincidental that a significant part of the delegitimization campaign against Israel is talking place on campuses. The arena was carefully selected. Campuses have always been fertile ground for exchanging ideas, for activity aimed at fomenting social change and for calls for universal ideals because it is easier to plant the seeds of unruliness in the minds of 18 year olds, who are more open to innovative and…
Israelis and Jewish people around the world are in a season of remembrance and celebration. Sunday was Holocaust Remembrance Day, and next week Israel Memorial Day is followed by Israel Independence Day. As Israel and her people mark these important days of commemoration, let us join in remembering – and then turn in prayer to our God who comforts, provides, and grants true freedom.
- According to a new survey, more than half of the Holocaust survivors living in Israel today cannot afford their monthly household expenses, forcing them to cut back on food and medicines. On the heels of Holocaust Remembrance Day, please pray that God will provide for their needs, and thank Him for the generous donors who help 4Zion care for these impoverished survivors. “‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God‘” (Leviticus 19:32).
- As Israelis remember fallen soldiers…
Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, the great 12th century Jewish sage known to most people as Maimonides, composed the best articulation of Jewish belief in his Shloshah Asar Ikarim; the 13 Attributes. It has become customary to recite a poetic version of the Attributes every day after morning prayers with each statement of belief beginning “ani ma’amin;” “I believe.” Over the centuries, many people have set the Ani Ma’amin to music, especially the 12th Attribute espousing belief in the coming of Messianic redemption.
One such person, so the story goes, was Reb Azriel David – a Polish Jew and member of the Modzitzer Hasidim Jewish community. On a cattle car to the Nazi death camp of Treblinka with his family, friends, and neighbors, Reb David sang the 12th Attribute of the Ani Ma’amin.
“Ani ma’amin b’emunah sh’leimah b’viat hamashiach. V’af al pi sh’yitmameah, im kol zeh achakeh lo. B’chol yom sheyavo.”
“I believe with perfect faith in the coming of…
The full story of 12-year-old Jewish twins Boris and Michael is unknown. When they were five years old, they were found in Moscow, Russia, in a bad physical and mental state and brought to a 4Zion-sponsored Children’s Home.
Shortly after, the boys asked their mother to visit them. When she arrived and heard of their desire to stay there, she quickly left without even saying goodbye. She did not even leave them with a change of clothing.
The boy’s father is unknown. The mother has a habit of constantly changing her spouse, her job, her city, and her phone number. It is extremely difficult to reach her, so the boys are rarely in touch with her.
This year, Boris and Michael were surprised by a visit from Sergei, a brother they didn’t even know they had. The staff at the Children’s Home hopes that Sergei will join his twin brothers there.