Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 3, April

About "The Passion"
The film, The Passion of the Christ, is a creation of Mel Gibson. Though Gibson may claim that it is historically accurate and follows closely the Gospel accounts of the Passion of Jesus, it does not really do so. Gibson has added a number of scenes,...
Elie Wiesel's Liturgical Drama
One of the better-known commonplaces of the Western stage, derived from ancient Greek and Roman theater, is that of the deus ex machina, the character who unexpectedly (and somewhat artificially) intervenes in the dramatic action to change the course...
Elijah's Visit: A Short Story
On the first Seder night last year, my family and I had the kind of experience that is usually depicted in stories that begin, "Once upon a time...." Things had progressed uneventfully through the first part of the Seder, and the nine members of my...
Germany's Postwar History and the US-Germany Treaty on Compensation for Holocaust Victims
As reported in The New York Times (November 19, 2003) and elsewhere, the US Government recently decided to oppose a lawsuit filed by a Holocaust survivor, Simon Rozenkier, against two German pharmaceutical companies for medical experiments performed...
Is It as It Was?
When Pope John Paul II viewed Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ," he reportedly said, "It is as it was." That would not be the consensus of Biblical scholars today. The Passion accounts in the four Gospels of the New Testament agree only...
Is the Memory of Holocaust Being Exploited?
Three books have appeared within the past several years that critique the place of the Holocaust in contemporary culture. Peter Novick's well-researched work, The Holocaust in American Life, confines itself to the American experience. Tim Cole's Selling...
Jabotinsky and Jedwabne
In memory of Chaja Lazar (1924-2003), a woman of valor The revelations about the horrifying slaughter in the town of Jedwabne in July 1941 precipitated an unprecedented national debate in Poland that raged throughout much of 2000 and 2001. It was...
Korczak and His Children for Children
A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children, by David A. Adler; illustrated by Bill Farnsworth. New York: Holiday House, 2002, 30 pp., $16.95 (hardcover). Child of the Warsaw Ghetto, by David A. Adler; illustrated by Karen...
Loving Elaina
Loving Elaina had become an integral part of his life. Harry realized that he could no longer comb his fingers through his hair and forget her, as he had done with dozens of other girls. He thought of her day and night, remembering the spring scent...
Portrait of a Fiery Maverick
A Race Against Death: Peter Bergson, America and the Holocaust, by David S. Wyman and Rafael Medoff. New York: The New Press, 2002, 269 pp., $26.95. And still the disclosures come--this time from the combined resources of two gifted researchers...
Primo Levi-174517
Primo Levi: A Life, by Ian Thomson. New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt & Company, 2003, xviii + 583 pp., $32.50. On his tombstone we read his dates, his name, the number tattooed on his arm: 1919-1987 Primo Levi 174517 Levi...
Remembering Janusz Korczak
Though generally unknown to the public at large, the name of Janusz Korczak evokes the image of author-educator-socialworker-saint in wide circles in Israel and Poland. (1) Who was Janusz Korczak, and why is it important to recount his life, his thought,...
"The Holocaust in an Age of Genocide"
Nearly 60 years after the end of World War II, the murder of two-thirds of Europe's Jews still haunts Western culture, politics, and religion. Each time I teach my course, "Jewish Responses to the Holocaust" and ask students to keep a scrapbook of...
The Passion of the Leipzig Ghetto
THE PASSION OF THE LEIPZIG GHETTO Sebastian Bach didn't have time to measure slum areas in the ghetto; nor was he keyed to climb the rejected walls and scale the battered heights to sound out waterfalls of scum and slime that might...