The Inconvenience of GenocideGenocide is only condemned or acted upon by the current US administration when politically convenient. A must read, especially for those who believe Obama's promises to protect Israel.
Lag Ba'omer at the PyramidsAn amazing Lag Ba'omer bonfire, lit by Jewish soldiers from Palestine in WWII in the land of the Pharaohs. Who is still here and who has vanished?
A Hanukkah of Broken PromisesIn 1944, a Jewish cartoonist published a biting cartoon in the Hebrew press aimed at the British mandate and the USA.
Celebrities Who Embrace DictatorsThere is a long, sordid history of celebrities who praise dictators, ignoring the reality of their tyrannical acts. Chavez is the latest example.
NY Jews did not Vote Democrat for Truman in 1948New research shows that when an incumbent Democratic president is perceived as unfriendly to Israel, there can be a shift in the traditional Democratic Jewish vote. Truman lost NY State for his arms embargo on Israel.
The Election that Saved the NegevBeersheba, Ashkelon, and Eilat would have been Arab cities, and the Dead Sea would have been controlled by an Arab navy, according to an American-supported Mideast peace plan in 1948. A presidential election intervened.
Harry Truman's Yom Kippur SurpriseHarry Truman's message to American Jewry on the eve of Yom Kippur in 1946 made front page news, was read aloud in synagogues from coast to coast.
A Holocaust Lesson Today's Jewish college students can learn from the activist JTS students of 1942. A timely article for the 10th of Tevet, the start of the 586 B.C. siege of Jerusalem and Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel.
Elie Wiesel's Thanksgiving TalkThis is an unusual Thanksgiving speech from 1968 is as relevant today as it was then, just the issues have changed. World Jewry-take note!
For the Sin of SilenceRabbi Soloveitchik criticized US Jewry for its silence in the Holocaust. Have we changed since then?
A.M. Rosenthal on the <I>Times'</i> Holocaust FailureA. 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.
The Hagaddah That Took on HitlerOne 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.
When the US Government Spied on American JewsAs 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.
Seeking an Exodus From Hitler's EuropeAs 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.
A Purim Lesson: Lobbying Against GenocideThe 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.
A Forgotten Black-Jewish AllianceFor 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.
Harvard and the Nazis - No ExcuseConant'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.
Kristallnacht and the World's ResponseSixty-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.
Anti-Semitism in the '44 Election, and TodayJewish 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.
The Day the Americans Bombed AuschwitzMuch 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.
Antisemitism in NYC Schools, Then and NowHaller 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.
Lobbying Against Genocide Then and NowThe 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.
Bus Bomb Photos: A Lesson From the HolocaustThe 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.
One Lie the Malaysian PM Didn?t TellThe 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...?
Rosh Hashana in 1944Every 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.
Israeli Planes Over AuschwitzThe 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.
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.
A Syrian Haven for War CriminalsThe 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.
A New Form of Holocaust DenialIn 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