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Why Comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler Is an Embarrassing Act of Ignorance and Also Political Irresponsiblility

Peter Reynosa | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Peter Reynosa

Several times this year Donald Trump has been compared to Adolf Hitler by some people in America, mainly by his political adversaries who disagree with him passionately. Professors, political commentators, irate comedians, Hollywood entertainers, and even and especially some of the leaders from our communities of color have engaged in the purposeful promotion of this comparison.*

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Israel's July 1976 Raid on Entebbe: The State of Israel ensures that "Never Again" remains a reality

Adam Milstein | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Adam Milstein

Seventy years ago, in the wake of the Holocaust, the Jewish people took a vow: Never Again! After the Nazis murdered six million Jews, we came to rec...

Lessons On Tolerance From Elie Wiesel

Jonathan Fantini Porter | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Fantini Porter

Your guidance and leadership will be sincerely missed, Mr. Wiesel, but thanks to the gift of your words, we will never forget.

Peddling Hate in Tehran

Steven Luckert | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Steven Luckert

Nazi antisemitic caricature advertising the 1937 exhibition, Der ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew). United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Ju...

G.I.s Saved My Father from the Nazis

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.01.2016 | Good News
Lev Raphael

In early April 1945, my father was packed into a train with 2,500 other prisoners from Bergen-Belsen as the Nazis insanely tried to keep British and American troops from rescuing them. The train was made up of 45 cars with their doors sealed shut; the crowding was horrific and of course there was no food or water.

Count ON...The Yom Hashoah Message

Chava Tombosky | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

As the second night of Passover comes to a close, the Jewish people have an odd tradition of counting the day every day from that night forward for 49...

Holocaust Remembrance Day -- Avenge and Revenge

Rabbi Baruch HaLevi | Posted 05.04.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi

My friend's grandfather survived the Holocaust, came to America and became a hairbrush maker. And woven into the bristles of every brush he made, using the brush fibers, he spelled out the Hebrew word "n'kmati -- my revenge." Every brush he made was an act of defiance against the Nazis.

Holocaust Survivors' Son Finds Peace Writing About Germany

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.17.2016 | Religion
Lev Raphael

Fans often ask me at readings which of my many books is my favorite. The answer doesn't pop up immediately, because I've published in many genres: mem...

Amazing Moments: Son Asks Grandma About Holocaust

Mike Song | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Mike Song

I hear many angry voices in the world but I am not angry. I understand the anger but I never let it take me over. When we start restricting people based on religion -- we are going down the very pathway my mother describes, and we seem to be forgetting the past.

Romantic Israel

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

There is a tendency by some not to romanticize Israel. For them the country is like others, albeit with far greater security challenges. Israel, they ...

The Empty Seat at the Seder Table: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 04.15.2016 | Religion
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

As a little girl, my mother took me to see Marjorie Morningstar, a movie about a Jewish girl, played by Natalie Wood, who wants to follow an unconvent...

Auschwitz 2016

Adina Ciment | Posted 04.11.2016 | Parents
Adina Ciment

My daughter, who is studying abroad for the year, recently returned from a trip to Poland. It was part of the year program she is on and so prior to going she spent some time learning about the Jewish history of the areas she was going to visit, the life that was there both before and during World War II.

All These Voices: A Short Film Illustrates The Long Reach of the Holocaust

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 04.01.2016 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

All These Voices a short film both beautiful and harrowing premieres later this month on April 25 at the Newport Beach Film Festival and proves yet again that the Holocaust will always provide a never-ending supply of singular and provocative stories to be told.

Genocide by 'Joint Criminal Enterprise'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.25.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The "Genocide Convention," to which the U.S. is party, carries with it the affirmative obligation to confront the crime while still ongoing and not just to punish the perpetrators after the fact.

A Cautionary Tale About Hitler's Propaganda

Steven Luckert | Posted 01.26.2016 | World
Steven Luckert

On January 27, as institutions around the world commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it is crucial to consider the role that Nazi propaganda played in facilitating the mass murder of Europe's Jews and the persecution of millions of others.

Moral Man in an Immoral World: Celebrating Aristides de Sousa Mendes

Michael Berenbaum | Posted 02.04.2016 | Arts
Michael Berenbaum

Amidst the current refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa, many people have looked back at the dismal record of the world in responding to...

Review: 'Black Earth': A New Take on How the Holocaust Happened

The National Book Review | Posted 12.30.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

It is hard to do this expansive, thoughtful, meticulously researched book about the Holocaust anything like complete justice. Black Earth's greatest achievement is to take one of the most exhaustively considered events of the last century and to see it in a new and insightful way.

Director László Nemes on his Searing Holocaust Film "Son of Saul"

Nell Minow | Posted 12.21.2015 | Entertainment
Nell Minow

First-time director László Nemes co-wrote and directed "Son of Saul," a critically acclaimed film about Saul, a Hungarian prisoner in an unnamed Naz...

Does Fear Lead to Fascism? A Culture of Fear and the Epigenetics of Terror

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

America is in the midst of an epidemic of historic proportions. The contagion being spread like wildfire is turning communities into battlegrounds and setting Americans one against the other.

Epigenetics: Embracing the Role It Plays in Your Life

Greg Archer | Posted 12.19.2015 | Books
Greg Archer

Seventy-five years ago, Joseph Stalin's henchmen (the NKVD) came pounding on my Polish family's door in Eastern Poland. It wasn't until 2012, after a series of serendipitous events, that I decided it was time for me to do some knocking on a few doors myself -- the doors of history.

Agents of Change: 5 Resilient People Who Are Empowering Others

Greg Archer | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

They walk among us -- those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five noteworthy souls striving to make the world a better place.

The Purpose of Holocaust Remembrance Must Be the Prevention of Other Genocides

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Menachem Rosensaft

I am honored to be with you this evening, honored to have been asked to speak to you here in the Hall of Remembrance which, in truth, could and perhaps should be called the Hall of Memory. Why "memory" in an institution devoted to memory? Because memory must come before remembrance.

'A Town Called Brzostek' Among the Compelling Documentaries at the 27th Polish Film Festival in America

Greg Archer | Posted 11.12.2015 | Chicago
Greg Archer

English professor and social anthropologist Jonathan Webber may not have known the full extent of his actions when he first felt compelled to rebuild a cemetery in the bucolic Polish town of Brzostek, where his grandfather was born.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 7: The Nazi Legacy, Current Cinema and Questions of Judgment

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

In the recent period I've seen a number of films about the history and legacy of Nazism, most of them German and current, and I read about a new book on two legends of German cinema. The juxtaposition of these events in time seemed coincidental. Or was it?

Hitler, Benjamin and Hajj Amin

Sami Moubayed | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Sami Moubayed

Benjamin Netanyahu's words were no mistake; they were a deliberate distortion of history--made for political reasons. The only thing they achieved, however, was adding Netanyahu to the long list of Holocaust Deniers.