Dr. Rafael Medoff

Extreme defenders of FDR distort Holocaust record

Perhaps the most infuriating remark of an FDR defender is the claim that had he spoken out against the extermnation of Europe's Jews, FDR might have spurred Hitler on to kill more of them. Robert Rosen actually said that., 10/23/2017, 10:45 PM

Misunderstanding the causes of anti-Semitism

The events of recent weeks have revealed a surprising abundance of self-proclaimed experts on the causes of anti-Semitism., 3/4/2017, 11:10 PM

Hypocrisy on the Golan Heights: An "occupational" hazard

Who are the Security Council members who are so "concerned" about Israel controlling the Golan? , 5/3/2016, 4:17 PM

Why the Rabbi said: "Eat bread on Passover"

The rabbi's unusual Passover message was: "Eat bread and save Jews.", 4/21/2016, 10:52 PM

Netanyahu's Not Alone on Auschwitz Lessons

Injecting the Holocaust into Israeli strategic calculations - should Netanyahu do so or not?, 6/16/2013, 9:18 AM

A Tisha B'Av Lamentation

Rabbi Weissmandl's lament over the Allies' failure, 7/29/2009, 6:10 PM

Tennis Players Double-Fault

Lessons from Dubai go beyond the tennis court., 2/23/2009, 11:12 PM

For the Sin of Silence

American Jews should add an "Al Chet"., 10/8/2008, 12:54 AM

A Basketball Team That Stood Up

The team most likely to win was not on the court., 8/4/2008, 7:15 PM

'Sacrificing Adjectives'

For the sake of political objectives., 3/18/2008, 2:13 AM

The Episcopal Role in 'Israel-Apartheid' Events

Most Episcopal church leaders were indifferent., 10/31/2007, 5:27 PM

Visit Iran? It's Been Tried Before - With Nazi Germany

Totalitarian regimes are experts at manipulation., 9/25/2007, 11:29 PM

Why America Closed Its Doors to Anne Frank

A new chapter in the teenager's tragic saga. , 2/19/2007, 10:52 PM

Seeing Hitler in Lebanon

When Israel is at war, outrageous Nazi analogies are never far behind., 8/1/2006, 11:57 PM

A.M. Rosenthal on the <I>Times'</i> Holocaust Failure

A. M. Rosenthal, who passed away on May 10 at the age of 84, will long be remembered for his distinguished career at the <I>New York Times</I>. But he also deserves special recognition for his courageous willingness to acknowledge that during the Holocaust, his newspaper deliberately buried news about the mass murder of Europe's Jews. , 5/17/2006, 11:37 PM

The Hagaddah That Took on Hitler

One of the most popular <i>Hagaddahs</i> in the world almost didn't make it into print, because nervous publishers were afraid that some of its illustrations might offend Adolf Hitler., 4/11/2006, 11:49 PM

When the US Government Spied on American Jews

As public debate grows over the Bush administration's eavesdropping policy, some American Jews are recalling a time when the Roosevelt administration undertook some questionable eavesdropping of its own -- and Jewish activists were the target., 12/25/2005, 11:10 PM

Why Syria Welcomed David Duke

It's not hard to understand why David Duke eagerly embraced Syria. But why did Syria embrace Duke?, 11/29/2005, 11:53 PM

Seeking an Exodus From Hitler's Europe

As Jews the world over gathered for the Passover seder, recalling the miracles that brought about the ancient Jewish exodus from Egypt, they prayed for a miracle in their own time - a decision by the Allies to help bring about an exodus of Jewish refugees from Europe., 4/20/2005, 10:50 PM

A Purim Lesson: Lobbying Against Genocide

The holiday of Purim celebrates the successful effort by prominent Jews in the capital of ancient Persia to prevent genocide against the Jewish people. What is not well known is that a comparable lobbying effort took place in modern times -- in Washington, DC, at the peak of the Holocaust., 3/25/2005, 1:26 AM

A Forgotten Black-Jewish Alliance

For many in the American Jewish community, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is an occasion to recall the important role that Jews played in the civil rights movement. But few remember the earlier alliance between Jews and prominent African-Americans, in the 1940s, on the issues of rescuing Jews from the Holocaust and creating a Jewish state., 1/16/2005, 8:33 PM

Modern-Day Maccabees: The Jewish Brigade

Sixty years ago this autumn, the British reluctantly agreed to establish a Jewish armed force to take part in the Allied war against Nazi Germany. , 12/9/2004, 11:22 PM

Harvard and the Nazis - No Excuse

Conant's contemporary defenders assert that he should not be singled out for criticism, since anti-Semitism was so common in the United States in those days, even in the upper echelons of the academic world. But the fact is that there were other university presidents who did not act as Conant did. , 12/2/2004, 10:33 PM

Kristallnacht and the World's Response

Sixty-six years ago this week, Nazi stormtroopers carried out the infamous <I>Kristallnacht</I> pogrom against the Jews of Germany. On November 9 and 10, 1938, about one hundred Jews were murdered and 30,000 more were sent to concentration camps., 11/8/2004, 8:55 PM

Anti-Semitism in the '44 Election, and Today

Jewish government officials secretly manipulating the president? That accusation, heard recently in connection with the decision to go to war against Saddam Hussein, was also raised sixty years ago, in the heat of the 1944 presidential race., 10/19/2004, 9:47 PM

The Day the Americans Bombed Auschwitz

Much has been written and said in recent years about the failure of the Roosevelt administration to order the bombing of Auschwitz. What is not widely known is that sixty years ago this month, U.S. bombers did strike Auschwitz., 8/12/2004, 11:43 PM

Antisemitism in NYC Schools, Then and Now

Haller responded by announcing what the New York Times described (Feb. 13, 1944) as ?an unprecedented step? - a new policy whereby any student involved in antisemitic acts would not be permitted to graduate., 3/17/2004, 6:04 PM

Lobbying Against Genocide Then and Now

The holiday of Purim celebrates the successful effort by prominent Jews in the capital of ancient Persia to prevent genocide against the Jewish people. What is not well known is that a comparable lobbying effort took place in modern times -- in Washington, D.C., at the peak of the Holocaust., 3/5/2004, 11:40 AM

Bus Bomb Photos: A Lesson From the Holocaust

The decision by Israel to publicize graphic video footage of the aftermath of carnage from the most recent Arab terrorist bombing, which shows scenes of the charred remains of the bus and the bodies of some of the victims, is drawing criticism from some quarters., 2/8/2004, 10:25 PM

Hitler Analogies: Dumb and Dangerous

Should there be an annual award for ?dumb Nazi analogies?? , 1/8/2004, 7:34 PM

One Lie the Malaysian PM Didn?t Tell

The recent speech by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was filled with anti-Semitic lies about Jews controlling the world. But his address also contained one truthful and noteworthy remark: ?The Europeans killed six million Jews...? , 11/2/2003, 4:38 PM

Rosh Hashana in 1944

Every year, on the eve of Rosh Hashana, American presidents, candidates for office, and assorted other VIPs send the Jewish community their wishes for a happy new year. Under ordinary circumstances, such greetings are welcomed in the spirit of friendliness in which they are offered., 9/25/2003, 7:47 PM

Israeli Planes Over Auschwitz

The Israeli planes that flew over Auschwitz this week are a tragic reminder that Allied planes also flew over the notorious Nazi death camp ? but failed to bomb the gas chambers and crematoria where an estimated 1.5-million Jews were murdered., 9/4/2003, 10:11 PM

Harry Truman, Anti-Semite?

The National Archives has just released a newly-discovered diary kept by Truman, which includes an extremely harsh passage about Jews. , 7/15/2003, 10:22 PM

A Syrian Haven for War Criminals

The June 21 report in the<i> New York Times</i> that Saddam Hussein and his sons were sheltered in Syria after the recent war is not entirely surprising ? because Damascus likewise sheltered many Nazi war criminals after the Holocaust. , 6/24/2003, 7:19 PM

A New Form of Holocaust Denial

In a similar vein, Arab spokesmen routinely claim that the Palestinian Arabs played no role in the Holocaust. This assertion surfaced among the Israeli Arabs who recently visited Auschwitz. Author-journalist Yossi Klein Halevi, who took part in the visit, reported in the <i>New Republic</i> that as they entered the Auschwitz grounds, one of the Arab participants remarked, ?Arabs had nothing to do , 6/19/2003, 1:33 AM