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Menachem Rosensaft
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Menachem Z. Rosensaft, a lawyer in New York City, is the Founding Chairman of the International Network of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, Vice President of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants, Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Holocaust Survivors’ Memoirs Project, a joint publishing endeavor with Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, and a former National President of the Labor Zionist Alliance. He is Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell University Law School, Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, and Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at Syracuse University College of Law.

The son of two survivors of the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, he was born in the Displaced Persons camp of Bergen-Belsen in 1948. In addition to a law degree from the Columbia University School of Law, he received M.A. degrees in, respectively, creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and Modern European History from Columbia University. On May 5, 1985, he organized and led a demonstration at Bergen-Belsen in protest against visits that day by President Ronald Reagan and West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl to the mass-graves of Bergen-Belsen and the German military cemetery at Bitburg. In April 1987, he played a key role in convincing the government of Panama not to give sanctuary to Nazi war criminal Karl Linnas, and in ensuring Linnas’ deportation from the United States to the Soviet Union. In December 1988, he was one of five American Jews who met in Stockholm, Sweden, with senior leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization, resulting in the PLO’s first public recognition of Israel.

He was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council by President Bill Clinton in 1994, reappointed to a second five-year term in 1999, and served on the Council’s Executive Committee from 1996 until 2003. He has contributed articles to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Jerusalem Post, and other publications, and is the editor of Life Reborn, Jewish Displaced Persons 1945-1951, published by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Biden Comes to the Aid of Holocaust Survivors

(4) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 8:23 AM

For decades now, the plight of thousands upon thousands of Holocaust survivors throughout the world has been getting worse and worse.

Fully recognizing the moral imperative of not abandoning these victims of Nazi persecution, Vice President Joe Biden has announced a new multi-pronged initiative of the Obama...

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Ostracize Ghouls Who Peddle Holocaust Artifacts

(130) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 8:14 AM

They're back: the morally depraved auctioneers and other entrepreneurs who brazenly hawk Holocaust artifacts to make a quick buck.

Before Britain's Mail on Sunday outed him, Victor Kempf, a vendor from Vancouver, Canada, was trying to sell a uniform allegedly worn by a Jewish inmate of the Auschwitz...

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A Moral Compass for the Ages

(23) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 9:05 AM

Thirty-four years before Henry Kissinger told the President of the United States that the emigration of Jews from a country where they were subjected to persecution "is not an objective of American foreign policy," and that the mass murder of Jews in gas chambers would not be an "American concern,"...

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In Defense of Samantha Power

(58) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 9:07 AM

Every once in a great while -- far too rarely to be sure -- an individual acquires near-iconic stature in a given field of human endeavor. Samantha Power, whom President Obama has appointed to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is such a person.

I write as...

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Ominous Clouds Hover Once Again Over Europe

(317) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 9:14 AM

Speech delivered on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Bergen-Belsen, Germany, at the commemoration marking the 68th anniversary of that Nazi concentration camp's liberation.

Standing here in the midst of the mass-graves of Bergen-Belsen, we are inexorably reminded that evil exists in this world. Ominous clouds hover once again over parts...

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Jewish Values and the Judeo-Christian Tradition Do Not Belong to the Fundamentalist Right

(240) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 8:53 AM

Over the course of the past five years, the once benign terms "Judeo-Christian values" and "Judeo-Christian tradition" have been turned into veritable cudgels against President Obama. A concept that was originally intended to represent a spirit of inclusiveness and tolerance has instead become a battle-cry of reactionary narrow-mindedness.

I found...

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Memo to Gun Rights Advocates: Take Note of What Reagan and Scalia Had to Say

(2855) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 8:17 AM

On December 14, 2012, immediately after 20 children and six of their teachers were gunned down in Newtown, Conn., President Obama said that, "we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics." To their discredit, however,...

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Stop the Massacres of Our Children: The Case for Meaningful Gun Control Legislation

(77) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 8:44 AM

On Thursday night, December 13, my wife Jeanie and I were privileged to be at the White House and listen to President Obama recall the "miraculous flame" that "brought hope and... sustained the faithful" as he and First Lady Michelle Obama joined leaders of the Jewish community to celebrate the...

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Not Everyone Who Makes $250,000 a Year Is Rich: Why the Cost of Living Matters

(684) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 8:40 AM

The inherent problem with allowing the Bush-era tax cuts to expire for Americans earning more than $250,000 a year -- let's call them $250k+ Americans -- is that not all $250k+ Americans are created equal.

Specifically, not all $250k+ Americans are rich, and those who are not should not have...

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The Clown Parade

(187) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 8:15 AM

You gotta love the clown parade.

There will be plenty of time to analyze both the magnitude and the depth of the Obama victory. The same goes for discussions of the respective Obama and Romney campaigns, what went right and what went wrong, what surprisingly worked and what, in retrospect,...

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My Top 5 Reasons for Supporting President Obama

(228) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 9:07 AM

With the 2012 presidential campaign rapidly coming to a close -- and not a moment too soon -- below are, in no particular order and based in part on some of my prior articles on The Huffington Post, my personal Top Five Reasons why I believe that President Obama should...

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Mitt Romney's Moment of Truth

(242) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 9:11 AM

Last year, many Americans were hoping that Governor Romney would run for the presidency if not as a Rockefeller Republican then at least as a centrist Republican in the tradition of Presidents Eisenhower and Ford, New York Governor George Pataki, Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., or even the largely pragmatic...

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President Obama's UN Speech: A Must-Read for Supporters of Israel

(891) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 9:10 AM

Especially in light of a new heavy-handed $6.5 million ad campaign by the Republican Jewish Coalition targeted at the Jewish communities in South Florida, Ohio and Nevada, all voters who are concerned about President Obama's position on Iran or continued U.S. support for Israel should -- no, must -- read...

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Wishing God a Good Night

(41) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 9:15 AM

As Jews throughout the world are about to observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, it is important to bear in mind that the Days of Awe that began last week with Rosh Hashanah, literally the beginning of the year, mark not the start of the Jewish calendar -- that...

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Memo to Governor Romney: The Constitution Is Not a Conservative Document

(728) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 9:46 AM

A comment by Governor Mitt Romney during his Meet the Press interview caught my attention. Asked by David Gregory whether he was "the moderate from Massachusetts who championed Universal Health Care, who at one time was for abortion rights" or "a severe conservative," the Republican presidential nominee answered...

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The Rejection of Nazi Analogies Must Be Bipartisan

(317) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 10:02 AM

This is really not all that complicated. Once and for all, politicians and pundits of all persuasions should get it into their heads that making analogies to the Holocaust or Nazi Germany in the context of 21st century U.S. politics is not just unseemly but borders on, if not crosses...

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The Demonization of President Obama Must End

(973) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 9:04 AM

Every once in a while, you have to feel sorry for Mitt Romney. One of his surrogates during his unsuccessful 2008 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination was Dr. John Willke, the controversial doctor who inspired Missouri Congressman Todd Akin's now infamous belief that a raped woman is unlikely to...

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Reclaiming What It Means to Be an American

(895) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 9:49 AM

I was born in the Displaced Persons camp of Bergen-Belsen in Germany in 1948. I am the son of two Polish Jews who survived the Nazi death and concentration camps of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. I was stateless for the first 14 years of my life and settled in the United...

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Crafting a Holocaust Insurance Solution That Works

(16) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 9:26 AM

There is a solution to get Holocaust survivors beyond the seemingly endless stalemates and complications that continue to characterize the ongoing debate over Holocaust-era insurance claims. And I do not believe it can be found in a well-intentioned bill presently before the U.S. Congress.

This different approach will put money...

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Kissinger and Human Rights: An "Indifferent, Callous, and Perhaps Even Hostile" Record

(30) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 9:37 AM

Human rights, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared in a speech before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on December 6, 2011, "are the birthright of all people. It does not matter what country we live in, who our leaders are, or even who we are....

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