Midstream

Magazine focusing on Jewish cultural, social, and political affairs.

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 3, April

April 1903: The Kishinev Pogrom
One hundred years ago in the month of April, during the Passover/Easter season, men and women of good will the world over were shocked by news of a devastating three-day murderous attack against the civilian Jewish population of the Romanian town of...
Corporal Hohenzollern: A Memoir
When I decided to begin writing down my reminiscences, I was torn between two directions: to record my spiritual life, or to record the many incidents in my life that I feel have moved and shaped me. Often the two intertwine, which is, I guess, the...
Ilan Ramon, Z"l
The disintegration of the Columbia, NASA's workhorse, which budget permitting, would surely have been sent out to pasture to some space museum several missions ago, sadly enough, brings to mind Oliver Wendell Holmes's parable of the one-hoss shay that...
Israel's Shadow Line
September 11, 2001 marks the terrible shadow line that defines before and after in the American war against terrorism. Now, a year after the heinous Palestinian suicide bombing in Netanya at the Park Hotel Seder, we can better understand that atrocity...
"New" Historians, the Holocaust, and the Critique of Israeli Society
Israeli historian Tom Segev believes that the extermination of Jews during the Holocaust was an obvious defeat for the Zionist movement and ideology: "The Zionists were unable to convince the majority of the world's Jews to come to Palestine before...
Return to Auschwitz: A Memoir
On the first anniversary of my father's death, I find myself on a bus bound for Auschwitz. The thick haze outside and windows foggy within combine to occlude the view of the Polish landscape, but my awareness of this January date and anticipation of...
The Dangers of Arab Holocaust Denial
Although the word has certainly been overused in the past few months to describe the world in which we now find ourselves, "Orwellian" remains the best term by which one can fully grasp some of the most bizarre and maddening pronouncements made by...
The First Passover Seder in Occupied Germany: A Memoir
If Purim is past, can Passover be far behind? There's a Jewish tradition that basically says, "Thirty days before the Festival we begin to prepare for the Festival." However, the U.S. Army, being more "orthodox," began as much as sixty days before...
The Postmodern Hitler Revival
Nazism has disappeared, but [not] the obsession it represents for the contemporary imagination.... Is such attention fixed on the past only a gratuitous reverie, the attraction of spectacle, exorcism, or the result of a need to understand; or is it...
The Vial
Why should anyone feel sorry for me? All the other Jews in the DP camp, and there were thousands, had the same story. The details--to be sure--were different, which is why they all seemed to merge into an amorphous and anonymous mass of misery. Auschwitz,...