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Mark Klempner
Mark Klempner is a historian, memoirist, and social commentator. The son of an immigrant who barely escaped the Holocaust, Klempner spent nearly a decade talking with and getting to know the Dutch rescuers in order to write The Heart Has Reasons: Dutch Rescuers of Jewish Children during the Holocaust, recently available in an updated paperback and ebook edition.

He is currently working on a memoir, as well as an oral history of an American woman who was trapped in Iraq with her baby during the First Gulf War.

Klempner grew up in New York, and attended Cornell University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1997, and winning a J. William Fulbright Fellowship. In 2000, he received an M.A. in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Klempner's articles have appeared internationally in professional journals such as the Oral History Review, as well as the Christian Science Monitor, Baltimore Sun, and other mainstream newspapers and periodicals. Online, besides being a blogger for the Huffington Post, he is a contributor to Common Dreams and Alternet.

Klempner can be contacted through his website and is active on Facebook and Twitter.

Entries by Mark Klempner

Mr. Klempner Goes to Washington

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 1:13 PM

The first thing I discovered about Capitol Hill is that it's the human equivalent of an anthill. Throughout the day, hundreds, if not thousands, of people wend their way underground from one Congressional building to the next using subterranean passageways that reminded me of the white-tiled tunnels that once existed...

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Roadside assistance Costa Rican-style

(8) Comments | Posted November 7, 2010 | 5:48 AM


Cattle blocking traffic, bridges with no railings, crater-sized potholes: Everyone who has visited Costa Rica knows that driving can be a challenge here. As a transplanted New Yorker, I know better than most; I've been navigating the roads in my adopted country for...

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Hope 2.0: Standing With Obama Over the Long Haul

(27) Comments | Posted August 25, 2009 | 11:06 AM

When Bush was inaugurated in 2000, conservatives championed him. Our man is in the White House, they gloated, and right-wing commentators would snap at the feet of his detractors like guard dogs. This loyalty did not taper off until after it was generally accepted that Bush had made a mess...

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A Slow Food Enthusiast at McDonald's

(8) Comments | Posted July 26, 2009 | 9:52 AM

They say that having kids changes everything, and it's true. Before becoming a parent, I never ventured into fast-food places. Actually, as a natural foods enthusiast who purchases local, organic food as much as possible, I avoided them altogether.

But a shift occurred when my mother suggested we stop at...

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Hybrid Cars Get Compliments -- Why Not My Bike?

(15) Comments | Posted March 23, 2009 | 10:54 AM

My wife and I do not own a car. Going car-less seems like the right thing, based on what we know about global warming.

Granted, we don't much like cars, and we chose our house because we can walk or bike to most places we need to be. Still, once...

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A Conversation with Tracy Kidder About Mountains Beyond Mountains

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2008 | 11:24 PM

Tracy Kidder was tired and a bit slaphappy. We laughed often and digressed frequently, though in the interview that follows I've mostly cut what was superfluous. It so happens that Kidder had hung out with Paul Farmer two nights before and was still recovering. "That guy -- he did it...

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Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

(25) Comments | Posted February 15, 2008 | 5:43 PM

As Pete Seeger rides out his eighties with a number of awards and musical tributes, a new documentary entitled Pete Seeger: The Power of Song attempts to capture his monumental life on film. Though not yet in full theatrical release, just watching the online trailer excited me as...

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The Internet: Our Last Hope for a Free Press

(18) Comments | Posted October 1, 2007 | 11:20 PM

I consider the Internet to be one of the world's great wonders. And also America's last hope for a free press.

When I was growing up in the 1970s, there were many people with a lot of things to say, but they generally had no platform. That's why we...

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Don't Let Technology Take Over

(4) Comments | Posted June 24, 2007 | 10:00 PM

"America's been hijacked by technology," I complained into the headset, aware of the irony that I was calling my wife from the United States on a cellphone. I was only a week into my book tour and already homesick for the low-tech life we enjoy in Costa Rica.

Since I...

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From Chocolate to Global Warming: The Corporate Takeover of Science

(7) Comments | Posted April 10, 2007 | 3:36 PM

If you think the news about chocolate being healthful for your heart and for your brain is too good to be true, you're right: the research is less encouraging than the reporting about it. For instance, a Talk of the Nation public radio feature touted flavanols as the "magic molecules"...

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Why Britney, Not Bush?

(20) Comments | Posted March 22, 2007 | 8:47 PM

If only it had been George Bush rather than Britney Spears to enter rehab and go running down the halls screaming "I'm the Antichrist!" and "I'm a fake!" Such long-awaited forthrightness would have been refreshing. Instead, the naive pop star was the one to crack, while the hardened politician...

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