DAVID CRUMM: Passover dinner a good time for non-Jews to reflect, too

April 7, 2006

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Charles Silow of West Bloomfield takes a snapshot of Holocaust survivors at a reception featuring eastern European pastries and music in January. Silow, a psychologist, is a son of Holocaust survivors. (PATRICIA BECK/Detroit Free Press)

Thousands of the Jewish families observing Passover seders Wednesday will use the ritual dinners to help them recall the plight of ancient Jews enslaved in Egypt as well as the plight of European Jews in the Holocaust.

They won’t be alone. The number of non-Jews asking troubling questions about the 20th Century’s most infamous crime continues to grow. Books and documentary films are probing the ways people contributed to the tragedy.