Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest: Why We Still Write Holocaust Fiction

Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest presents:

Authors Ruby Namdar (The Ruined House), Ruth Franklin (A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction) and Moment editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein (Elie Wiesel: An Extraordinary Life) discuss the enduring power–and perils–of Holocaust fiction.

Prior to the conversation, the 2020 Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest winners read excerpts from their stories:

1st place – Omer Friedlander, The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land

2nd place – Linda Brettler, Private

3rd place – Rona Arato, Polonaise

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Women Resistance Fighters

Moment Zoominar: Women Resistance Fighters during the Holocaust with Author Judy Batalion, Filmmaker Aviva Kempner and Psychologist Eva Fogelman

Judy Batalion, author of The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos discusses the young women who found different ways of fighting back against the Nazis, with filmmaker Aviva Kempner, who produced and conceived of the film Partisans of Vilna: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance during World War II. The program is moderated by psychologist Dr. Eva Fogelman, a pioneer in the treatment of psychological effects of the Holocaust on survivors and their descendants and author of Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust.

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Jo Kent Katz discusses ancestral trauma

Jo Kent Katz on the Continuing Impact of Ancestral Trauma

It takes a lot for me to trust that someone knows about, or cares about, the survival of my people. And I need to hear it, and I need to hear it several times, in order to quell the fear that I have inside of me that says that they don’t care, they don’t have our backs, and that we could all just be annihilated and that would be better according to whoever they are.

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Moment Zoominar: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East with Journalists Gershom Gorenberg and Dan Raviv

In 1942 the Nazis came close to conquering the Middle East during World War II. Gershom Gorenberg , an award-winning journalist and author, spent years researching and piecing together the truth about Rommel’s army and just how close it was to Cairo and Tel Aviv. He will discuss his new book, War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East, and share the journey that took him around the world to learn more about this fascinating story of espionage and intrigue. Gershom will be in conversation with former CBS News correspondent and Moment contributor Dan Raviv.

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A Tale of a Niggun by Elie Wiesel with Elisha Wiesel and Mark Podwal

Moment Zoominar: A Tale of a Niggun by Elie Wiesel with Elisha Wiesel and Mark Podwal

After Elie Wiesel died, a little-known narrative poem that he wrote in the 1970s, A Tale of a Niggun, was rediscovered. Based on an actual event during the Holocaust, the poem was so moving that it was turned into a book. Join Elie’s son Elisha—who pays tribute to his father with the book’s introduction— and Elie’s dear friend—award-winning artist Mark Podwal—who illustrated the book, as they discuss how the poem was discovered, why it is so important and the power of wordless Jewish melodies. With Moment Editor-in-Chief Nadine Epstein, editor of Elie Wiesel: An Extraordinary Life.

Held in observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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