A Unique Haggadah from a Nazi Labor Camp

April 9 2015

While a prisoner at a Nazi forced-labor camp, Regina Honigman kept a diary in which she composed a special version of the Haggadah. Omri Efraim writes:

The research department at Yad Vashem has located a Passover Haggadah written between the pages in the diary of Regina Honigman, a Jewish Holocaust survivor who was imprisoned in Gabersdorf labor camp on the Czechoslovakian side of the Sudeten mountains. . . .

“We were once slaves in Egypt,” wrote Honigman, “and now again in Gabersdorf. In history we were subject to Your grace/mercy, which prevented us from being swallowed up [in the parting of the Red Sea]. . . . The day of salvation will come to Gabersdorf.”

Symbolizing liberty and hope, Passover held special significance in the camp. . . . The singular Passover Haggadah found in Honigman’s diary included quotes and poems written by her fellow prisoners.

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Hamas’s Tactics of Attrition and Extortion Are Paying Off

Feb. 21 2020

In January, the Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh visited Iran after promising the Egyptian government that he would not. Cairo responded by cutting exports of cooking gas and tires to the Gaza Strip. Facing a possible domestic crisis, the terrorist group recently resumed sending balloon-borne explosives into Israel, and allowed other jihadists to fire rockets. The move succeeded, despite retaliatory strikes by the IDF, writes Elior Levy:

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