ESRA Magazine

Then and now: Pretty, snow-filled grounds in Nuernberg, home to Hitler’s Nazi Party rallies of the 1930s Photo credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-C12701. Photos: Inge and Daniel David

The bright lights of the Nuernberg's Christmas market

Rooftop view over Nuernberg

Inge David with Dieter Haspal, the grandson of her father’s business partner, and his wife, also called Inge

Brass plate memorials to German Jews who were deported to concentration camps and murdered by the Nazis

Plaque showing what a synagogue in Nuernberg looked like before the Nazis destroyed it in August 1938

Daniel on the Rhine cruise

 My 17-year-old grandson Daniel and I recently returned...
Gee up ... tourists taking a ride in a Polish horse taxi Photos: Ruti Porter

Dressed in folk costumes, the dancers, singers paraded down the crowded main street, each group with its own band

A touch of glass ... the glass façade of Polin, the Jewish Museum in Warsaw

I was reluctant to go to Poland, but Ruti wanted the grandch...
(In memory of my mother Esther Miriam Frimer a”h)

The rules of expressing thanks (hakarat haTov) are very spec...

Netanya Hoops for Kids and the Barak Netanya basketball club...
This holy Hindu town has 52 stairways leading down to the lake where the water is believed to cleanse sins and cure skin diseases

Diwali Festival

A holy Hindu man carrying a food container

Window shopping in the bazaar ... a holy Indian cow in Pushkar

From Top Left: A Pushkar woman carrying vegetables on her head. At the Pushkar camel festival. Entrance to a Hindu temple and Lunch at Chabad in Pushkar.

Story and photos by Marion Stone Pushkar is a holy pilgrimag...
The Kristianstad Synagogue furniture at Lechu Neranena, Raanana

I had never really harbored any ambitions of becoming an int...
In memory of our son Yaakov Yehudah Frimer

In the "Al ha-nissim" paragraph, which is added to our praye...
In front of the the photo of Elfriede and Julius Berg is their silver cup holder which was saved for 72 years

The memorial stones unveiled to the Bergs in Berlin

Ralph Alon’s mother Margaret – the Berg’s daughter – and father Bill

Just over a year ago, I received a letter from someone in th...
Eli Libenson watching one of the Shabbat morning services which is streamed live from the shul in Cleveland, Ohio

My late mother, Alyce Kohn Kaplan, was the salutatorian of h...
Laura Rusk . . .on her left arm the numbers 79564 which she was given in Auschwitz

Laura Rusk aged 12 in Sosniwiec, Poland

With Avner Shalev, the president of Yad Vashem

Speaking at a pro-Israel conference in Bern, Switzerland

Laura on her 90th birthday in Israel with daughter Helena

 "How do you like Auschwitz?" the Chief Commander of th...
A Havana synagogue member holds the shechita knives

Street scene Havana

Distinctive . . . cars of many colors in Cuba

Thumbs up ... two locals in Havana

Boys on home-made scooters

A square viewed from a Havana balcony

Knives are out for us on a trip to the island of Fidel and C...
Murad family photo Baghdad, 1949. Standing: siblings, Zaki, Doris (15), Emil (18). Seated: parents Simha and Ovadia with little brother Sami (10)

This is the story of citizens who were proud of their countr...
Writer Diana Lerner (center) with her sisters, Roz, who lives in Jerusalem, and Libby, who lives in Teaneck, New Jersey

The author’s father at Ellis Island

Following a perilous three-week journey of seasickness, temp...
Rav Simcha Bunim, head of the Aliyah Movement, speaking in Pultusk, Poland in 1928.

The writer’s mother, Bobby Rose, aged 17, on the eve of World War II

Family portrait: Esther (first on left), elder sister Fay and younger sister Carolyn, with Bobby Rose and Rav Simcha, taken shortly before Rav Simcha died

Shlomo graduating from Officer's training

My father's years working in the unbelievable cold of Siberi...

 The Mishna in Tractate Rosh Hashanah (16a) establishes...
Hava Almo in the Ethiopian Cultural Heritage Center she’s created in her own home in Beit Shean

Yiftach Arnon, visiting the Ethiopian Center from a nearby kibbutz, becomes an instant Ethiopian elder at the hands of Hava

Story and Photos: Lydia Aisenberg  Hava Almo originates...
Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, subject of the movie Woman in Gold, is on permanent view at the Neue Galerie, Fifth Avenue, New York

The Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial in Vienna

Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds in a scene from ‘Woman in Gold’

Hotel Metropole, where the deportation of Vienna’s Jews was organized

In July 2014, I returned to Vienna after a long pause, to re...
Atarah Fisher addresses the audience

Audience members listen to Atarah Fisher’s talk in Modiin

Story and Photos by Flori Cohen Although a difficult subject...
Child survivors of the Holocaust attending school in the Feldafing Displaced Persons Camp in Germany

A page dealing with Shavuot in the B’Derech 1946 publication

Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek children celebrating Shavuot in 2014

A show of hands by the young girls of Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek

Story and Photos by Lydia Aisenberg On the table before me a...
Chiune Sugihara wrote blank visas for Jews and threw them from departing train

In the landscaped grounds in the park outside, this Universalist message rings loud and clear. Statues and memorials dot the expansive park

Example of a Sugihara visa

Three works at the Sugihara Museum:Fountain in Memorial Park, Bust of Chiune Sugihara, Museum banner displayed on town streets, Bells of Peace.

The little agricultural town of Yaotsu sits amidst the pictu...