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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish visitors look at a display of Nazi flags at Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem. Reuters

After Decades of Holocaust Legends, ultra-Orthodox Community Confronts the Dark Facts

Esther Farbstein is the leading Haredi scholar on the Shoah, shining a much-needed light on the struggles of observant Jews during WWII. But she worries that the Holocaust has become too big a part of modern Jewish identity.

I meet Esther Farbstein early one morning in Borough Park’s Avenue Plaza Hotel, located on 13th Avenue – a thoroughfare strewn with houses of study, and children with sidelocks and still-sleepy eyes getting on...

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