ANECDOTE RECEIVED BY E-MAIL: “Mrs. Clare Booth-Luce, the wife of Henry Luce, the founder of TIME magazine, was a well-respected and highly-informed writer and journalist.
“It must have been in the late ‘60’s that she said, at a gathering of academics and politicians, to a prominent Jewish leader (it may have been Nachum Goldman), “I really feel that the Jews should stop commemorating the Holocaust. Why don’t you get on with life, put all those experiences, however painful they may be, behind you and concentrate on the future?”
“Nachum Goldman stood silent for a moment; then, with brightly shining eyes and a warm smile on his face, he said, “Mrs. Luce, these are exactly my sentiments when I hear people talk about the Crucifixion!”
The anecdote is attributed to an American novelist named Nathan Gold, but I have been unable to corroborate. However, I have a copy of LIFE Magazine’s Picture History of World War II. Published in 1950, it contains not a single mention or image of the Holocaust or the death camps. I guess the Luces managed to put the Holocaust behind them pretty quickly.