Hessy Taft

Hessy Taft

When Hessy Taft was six months old, it was a dangerous time to be a Jewish child in Nazi Germany. But in a bizarre twist of fate, the Nazis selected her baby photo to publish in one of their publications as the ideal Aryan child. Hessy joined Jonathon to tell him the story.  

The Nazi Hunter

First published on June 23, 2014 on The Times of Israel (Link: http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-nazi-huntge/). I think every young boy with awareness—however muted—of World War II, especially those of us who grew up hearing stories about it from our grandparents, have imagined what it would be like to hunt Nazis and bring them to justice. Nazis are,…

On Schindler’s list

First published on March 21, 2014 on The Times of Israel (Link: http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/on-schindlers-list/). I noticed, just recently, that Leon Leyson died about a year ago at the age of 83. His name is not one that incurs automatic recognition, but his story certainly will: Leyson was the youngest survivor on Oskar Schindler’s famous list. Some…

Dr. Efraim Zuroff

Dr. Efraim Zuroff is an Israeli historian of American origin who has played a role in bringing Nazis indicted for war crimes to trial. Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center office in Jerusalem, is the coordinator of Nazi war crimes research worldwide for the Wiesenthal Center and the author of its annual (since 2001)…

Three children under the Swastika

First published in the Times of Israel on September 17, 2013 (Link: http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/three-children-under-the-swastika/). I often think that it is difficult for members of Generation Y to fully grasp the reality of the Holocaust and just how recent the geographically sprawling and bloody events actually were. Living in widespread prosperity–almost unprecedented in human history–and possessing attitudes…