Convivium was a project of Cardus 2011‑2022, and is preserved here for archival purposes.


Judy Csillag shares a photograph taken by her brother Ron with Convivium viewers and reveals how a place of deep suffering can become holy ground.

Judy Csillag

Looking at this picture you may be asking yourself, "How has a death camp that murdered approximately 1.6 million Jews could be a sacred space?"

As a child of two Holocaust survivors, it is the cemetery where most of my family was exterminated. When I went to Auschwitz last year, I realized that this is holy ground where I can feel the souls of my ancestors.

Under clear blue skies standing next to the crematorium, I could finally say Kaddish (prayer for the dead) for them.

  • Kaddish