May 10, 2005

by Reb Yudel
This Year's Unfortunate Yom HaShoah Headline Award

Goes to the Palm Beach Post, for Rock 'n' roll never forgets Holocaust's horror. Special kudos to some equally unfortunate opening grafs:

When remembering and teaching the Holocaust, we often forget the power of the popular song.

Some rock, pop, folk and rap songs serve as gripping reminders of the Shoah. On the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Hitler's death camps, and in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day today (celebrated this week by area Jewish organizations), it's worth listening to how contemporary music shouts and cries "Never again!"

Snark aside, though, the article, by Stars of David: Rock 'n' Roll's Jewish Stories author Scott Benarde redeems itself -- at least in my eyes -- by noting the efforts of Dan Bern and Peter Himmelman, as well as Rush, Indigo Girls and even Jill Sobule.