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Harry Reicher

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 11.02.2014 | Religion
Stephen D. Smith

I have only known Harry Reicher for three months, and yet today I say goodbye to him as an old friend. I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting to meet a devout and practicing Jew the day he first walked into the USC Shoah Foundation office, but Harry's devotion to his religious life radiated from him the moment he said hello.

Anti-Semitism: Know It. Name It. Shame It.

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Stephen D. Smith

There is talk of a "new anti-Semitism" sweeping the globe, but all I see is the same irrational hatred aimed at the same perplexed victims, who are once again left wondering what has energized such bile.

Globalization of Hatred

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
Stephen D. Smith

While it has never been easier to create a web of hatred online and off, it is still possible to harness the power of the Internet, and our network of communities offline, to create a counter insurgency.

Testimony Through the Graves of Guatemala

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Stephen D. Smith

Photos by: Ryan Suffern On June 2, 1982, armed members of the Guatemalan military walked into the village of Pambach. They separated men from the wom...

Obama Blasts Anti-Semitism At Shoah Foundation Gala

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.09.2014 | Religion

President Obama called for a world-wide effort against anti-Semitism and reiterated the United States' commitment to Israel in an address to the Unive...

Obama Hangs With Steven Spielberg, Bruce Springsteen

AP | SANDY COHEN | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Obama shared a table with Steven Spielberg and Bruce Springsteen at a benefit dinner, but broke away to chat with Barbr...

Oral History Turns Holographic

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 05.31.2014 | Technology
Stephen D. Smith

This is not the fireside chat in the comfort of the interviewee's home. We are joined in the studio by a host of graphic and natural language scientists, multiple interviewers and producers frantically scribbling notes.

The Fine Line of Genocide History

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 04.06.2014 | Media
Stephen D. Smith

When reporting genocidal incidences, historians take on a heavy responsibility. Just 20 years after the genocide committed against the Tutsi of Rwanda, many of the protagonists are still alive and grappling their own narratives, and still feeling their pain.

The Slow Thaw of the Cold War

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 03.19.2014 | World
Stephen D. Smith

Open borders, open markets, open McDonald's, Prada and Ferrari in Moscow, and one would think the melt and merge was complete. But any attempt at East-West assimilation stopped right there. What I understood more than anything is that the thaw relies on the West just as mush as the Russians themselves.

The Last of the Unjust

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 02.22.2014 | World
Stephen D. Smith

After almost 40 years to think it through, it is clearer than ever that Lanzmann understands Benjamin Mumelstein, Alteste Der Juden in Terezin as a man of immense stature.

On the 76th Anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Stephen D. Smith

Sirens sound around this Chinese city as the last few eyewitnesses of a massacre gather. Starting Dec. 13, 1937, and lasting six weeks, as many as 300,000 civilians were murdered during the atrocities.

A Warrior's Battle with God

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Stephen D. Smith

Sid Shachnow prides himself on his strategy, leadership and skill in warfare, with very good reason. He talks confidently about his life in the military, but there is one battle he concedes he never won -- his battle with God.

Clooney, Spielberg and Stewart

Annette Insdorf | Posted 12.07.2013 | Entertainment
Annette Insdorf

Celebrity and citizenship proved inseparable when Steven Spielberg presented the "Ambassador for Humanity" award to George Clooney at a gala hosted by Jon Stewart on Thursday night in New York.

Holocaust Remembrance Day: How You Can Help Preserve The Memory Of The Holocaust

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.19.2012 | Impact

The horrific stories of the 6 million Jews who were gassed, starved and shot point blank throughout the Holocaust are well documented. But the number ...