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How ToI's Holocaust correspondent plumbs the depths

The Times of Israel Daily Briefing

16min

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing: Your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

In honor of Yom Hashoah, Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day, we've dedicated today's episode to a conversation with Matt Lebovic, The Times of Israel's longtime Holocaust correspondent, who speaks with his editor, Amanda Borschel-Dan.

Lebovic explains how growing up as a third-generation survivor in a house of hushed whispers and pervasive shame any time the Holocaust was mentioned spurred him to try to quench his curiosity at an early age. He delved into dozens of books on the subject and began a lifelong quest to make the topic relevant to contemporary society.

We discuss how Lebovic spotted his paternal grandmother in the famous "Auschwitz Album," a collection of Nazi photographs of transports being processed from Hungary.

Lebovic explores his obsession with Anne Frank and explains his ongoing journey to visit as many Nazi camps and transit stations as possible.

And finally, we discuss how he attempts to tie lessons learned from the Holocaust to today's headlines.

Discussed articles include:

How I found my Bubby in ‘The Auschwitz Album’

In time for global self-isolation, ‘Anne Frank Video Diary’ premieres on YouTube

‘I am Anne Frank’ demystifies hero to make Holocaust accessible to young readers

No wallflower: Margot Frank comes out of her sister’s shadow in new photos

How America’s Jewish ‘king of the suburbs’ kept Blacks out of suburbia

Using blood libel tactics, white mob massacred 300 blacks in 1921 Tulsa ‘pogrom’

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IMAGE: Times of Israel reporter Matt Lebovic at Auschwitz-Birkenau holding a version of 'The Auschwitz Album' image in which his grandmother, Bella (Baila) Solomon, appears, October 2017 (Elan Kawesch/The Times of Israel)

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