April 11, 2006
What is our responsibility to those who died in the Holocaust? Some say, to remember and pass on that knowledge to future generations. Others say, to assure Jewish continuity. And what of those who intermarry? How do they handle their sense of responsibility? In this issue of InterfaithFamily.com's Web Magazine , we look at how people in interfaith relationships--and their children--respond to the Holocaust.
A child of Holocaust survivors who felt an obligation to marry a Jewish woman, Sol Levin worked out a way to have a Jewish family with his non-Jewish wife.
Not until she became a parent did Hedi Molnar, a child of survivors, consider connecting to her Jewish heritage.
Intermarried agnostic Alex Romano visited Auschwitz and felt the souls of the dead surrounding him.
When she fell in love with a descendent of Pilgrims, Amy Elkes, a granddaughter of survivors, went through three stages before she felt able to commit.
Josh Fischel and Shana Franklin, children of intermarried parents, reflect on the meaning of the Holocaust for them.
Sue Fishkoff writes about a recent survey that showed young Jews consider the Holocaust a prime factor in their Jewish identity.
For links for families of Holocaust survivors, click here.
What do you think? Please join our online discussion on the topic: How does the Holocaust affect your feelings about religion or Jewish identity?
Star/Crossed: Jewish Stories from an Interfaith Life columnist Andi Rosenthal ponders Jewish genealogy.
For Arts and Entertainment, Marlena Thompson reviews The Structure of Religion .
Don't miss our Conversion issue on April 25.
Ronnie Friedland, Editor
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For an issue on multicultural families, please tell us your story. How do you integrate your identities? Do you see the world differently as a member of a multicultural family?
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