On November 9th 1938, Nazi paramilitary and civilian groups carried out mass acts of violence against synagogues, Jewish-owned businesses, and Jewish homes. The broken glass found on the streets the next day would define this moment as “Kristallnacht,” the night of broken glass.

A short time after Kristallnacht, my grandfather…


I live in New York City which is at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic. I wear a face mask to walk my dog every day. People pass by and our dogs sniff each other while we chat from a social distance, and more than one dog owner has told…


“It will be harder for you to be in prison than it was for me to be in a concentration camp.”

My 93-year-old mom, who survived the Holocaust, died of COVID-19 in an assisted living facility in New Jersey on April 5. …


I am a formerly incarcerated Jewish lesbian and the child of two Holocaust survivors. I served time in two federal prisons, including stints in solitary confinement.

On the first day of my incarceration, I requested and was given a Siddur — a Jewish prayer book. By the second day, I…


Witness to Mass Incarceration Receives

Matching Grant from The Good People Fund

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Contact: Evie Litwok, witnesstoMI@gmail.com

New York — May 6, 2019- Witness to Mass Incarceration (WMI), a non-profit organization working to raise public awareness of conditions within the nation’s prisons and advance penal reforms, has received…


By. H. Glenn Rosenkrantz

She described a journey through a darkness most know nothing about — that of a professional Jewish woman navigating the netherworld of prison life and later reemerging into society to reclaim her dignity and purpose.

Evie Litwok was at a New Jersey synagogue speaking at a social action Shabbat, and…


It looks like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman will at least be doing some time in federal prison for their parts in this college admissions scandal. …


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Should Mass Incarceration include a body count when trapped behind bars?

March 4, 2019: The devastation of two back-to-back tornadoes became clear as the sun rose above Lee County, Alabama. Journalists are on site, reporting on the heroic acts of first responders going…


Before I left, my mother told me that prison would be harder for me than surviving the holocaust was for her. By the time I was incarcerated for a second time at age 60, I had been persecuted on the inside and out for being an open, unapologetic lesbian. When…


Prison Is No Place For The Elderly — Even Paul Manafort

Rachel Davidson

Evie Litwok is the Founder and Director of Witness to Mass Incarceration (WMI), a storytelling, interviewing and organizing archival project that documents the lives of formerly incarcerated women and other LGBTQ people.

The views and opinions expressed…

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Evie Litwok is a formerly incarcerated Jewish lesbian who spent time in two federal prisons. She is the Director of Witness to Mass Incarcerated (WMI)

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