Nicole Sandler has worked in radio her entire adult life. After a successful career in music radio in NY and Los Angeles (WPLJ, KLOS, KSCA and others), she returned to talk radio to host mornings on then-progressive talk WINZ/Miami. After a flip to sports, she moved to Air America Radio for a nightly show. When AAR went off the air on Jan 21, 2010, Nicole Sandler moved online where she continues to question authority daily at

20220427 Nicole Sandler Show - It's Holocaust Remembrance Day

I am a non-observant Jew. I'm actually an atheist who was raised in a secular Jewish home. My parents weren't religious either and, with three daughters and no sons, we had no Bar Mitzvahs and we were growing up at a time when Jewish girls weren't necessarily expected to be a Bat Mitzvah. So were weren't.

But we did grow up knowing that we were of Jewish heritage. And although I don't know the stories of my ancestors, I do know that my father's family came here from Russia and Romania, and my mother's family came from Russia and Austria. They all left their homelands because of the Nazis and the Holocaust.

We grew up knowing about the atrocities, with the directive to always remember so nothing like this could happen ever again. The annual Holocaust Remembrance Day was established back in the early 60s, yet I don't remember it being as prominent as it is this year before.

Perhaps that's due to the rising incidents of antisemitism around the world, the rise of Neo Nazi groups here and abroad, the atrocities we're seeing in Ukraine at the hands of the Russian soldiers... or perhaps it's because the last remaining survivors of the Holocaust are aging rapidly, and their descendants want to insure the stories survive. Today, I'll feature two films that debut on PBS stations this week. First up, I'll talk with Steve Pina, producer of "The Holocaust: A Turning Point". If you're in Southern California, you can see it tonight (April 27) at 11pm PDT or tomorrow at 7pm PDT on KLCS. Anywhere else, you can see it posted on YouTube at

Then, I'll talk with Michael Veitch. He's one of the songwriters who participated in a program that culminated in the film, "We Remember: Songs of Survivors". The singer/songwriters visited with Holocaust Survivors in Hudson Valley, NY to create original songs based on their conversations. It premiered on PBS last night and will run on 450 stations between now and May 24. Check your local listings.