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Dr. Rafael Medoff

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Just kidding? Racial presidential humor

There need to be consequences to establish that in contemporary American society, racist or antisemitic humor is no laughing matter.Op-ed.

Just kidding? Racial presidential humor

The Schlesinger Diaries - new and troubling revelations

The diaries are a gift that keeps on giving for historians on many topics. This is the account of a troubling one about lies and truth.Op-ed

The Schlesinger Diaries - new and troubling revelations

U of C Berkeley, echoes of 1930s Europe

Berkeley’s shameless ban on Zionist speakers is today's version of the “Ghetto Benches” in European universities in the 1930s. Op-ed.

U of C Berkeley, echoes of 1930s Europe

The Rosh Hashannah when America's most prominent rabbi criticized FDR

Rabbi Stephen Wise criticized FDR publicly just this onece and never did so again, more's the pity. Op-ed..

Rosh Hashanah when America's most prominent rabbi criticized FDR

Was FDR a victim of the Deep State?

Good try but the State Department was implementing FDR’s policy, not sneaking around behind the president’s back. Op-ed.

Was FDR a victim of the Deep State?

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency and the bombing of Auschwitz

In July 1944 the JTA ran a dispatch from London reporting that recent escapees from Auschwitz were urging it be bombed. FDR said no. Op-ed.

The JTA and the bombing of Auschwitz

Ken Burns distorts FDR's policy on Jewish Refugees

Burns' claim that FDR took in more Jews during the Holocaust than other country is simply false. Is the rest of the movie the same? Op-ed.

Ken Burns distorts FDR's policy on Jewish Refugees

Pelosi, her father, Taiwan and the Holocaust

Nancy Pelosi's role model a man who courageously put his humanitarian principles above his narrow political needs.Op-ed.

Pelosi, her father, Taiwan and the Holocaust

How did cartoonists see the voyage of the Exodus?

75 years ago this week, the Exodus story made waves internationally. But how did the cartoonists see it? Op-ed.

How did cartoonists see the voyage of the Exodus?

The rubble that could have been Jews

80 years ago this week, the USA decided that rubble from Bristol was worth saving and that Jews were not. Op-ed.

The rubble that could have been Jews

80 years ago this week: America's response to war crimes in Ukraine

The Times buried the report on Nazi atrocities in Ukraine at the end of a column of items from Europe.That, at least, has changed.Op-ed

80 years ago this week: US responds to war crimes in Ukraine

Twisting the Holocaust to fit a narrative

Sadly, there are those who exploit, distort —or even doubt atrocities taking place now—in order to advance narrow partisan agendas. Op-ed.

Twisting the Holocaust to fit a narrative

Holocaust echoes in Ukraine conspiracy theory

Atrocities do not have to reach the level of genocide for the international community to feel outrage and compassion for Ukrainians. Op-ed.

Holocaust echoes in Ukraine conspiracy theory

From Brooklyn housewife to Zionist lobbyist

A fascinating but little-known chapter in the history of the campaign by Americans to help create the State of Israel. Op-ed.

From Brooklyn housewife to Zionist lobbyist

FDR's Jewish problem and its Japanese link

FDR viewed Jews and those he called "Orientals" with automatic suspicion, with devastating results for both groups. Op-ed.

FDR's Jewish problem and its Japanese link

The Tuskegee Airmen and the bombing of Auschwitz

The history of the all-black Tuskegee pilots unit is connected to the controversy over Roosevelt's refusal to bomb Auschwitz. Op-ed.

The Tuskegee Airmen and the bombing of Auschwitz

Don’t exaggerate Diaspora Jewry’s ‘distress’

Many Diaspora Jews are temporarily unable to attend events in Israel, but in the greater scheme of a pandemic, it is hardly “tragic.” Op-ed.

Don’t exaggerate Diaspora Jewry’s ‘distress’

Kate Couric wasn't the first: FDR, Truman and the Jews

Read FDR and Harry Truman's offensive and antisemitic remarks about Jews, omitted or revised by those who ran the cutting room.Op-ed.

Kate Couric wasn't the first: FDR, Truman and the Jews

Do they even know what "Genocide" means?

Use of the term “genocide” in situations that do not meet the definition undermines youth's understanding of what it really means. Op-ed.

Do they even know what "Genocide" means?

A refugee solution for Biden — from 1944

Biden’s fear of backlash reportedly contributed to the slide from his initial promise of 125,000 refugess to 62,500, to 15,000. Op-ed.

A refugee solution for Biden — from 1944

Blinken's gaffe

The secretary of state made it sound as if it was Ass't Sec of State Long, not FDR, who kept the US from aiding European Jews.Op-ed.

Blinken's gaffe

Andrew Yang got it right on BDS

BDS say they are boycotting only Israelis, not Jews. But they are not boycotting Israeli Arabs, just Israeli Jews. Op-ed

Andrew Yang got it right on BDS

The Jews of Morocco, FDR, and the Nazis: A troubling episode

The full story of how FDR treated the Jews in Morocco and elsewhere in North Africa after the 1942 Allied liberation. Op-ed.

The Jews of Morocco, FDR, and the Nazis: A troubling episode

'Everybody did it' is a poor excuse for FDR's response to the Holocaust

It changes nothinng to know that many Americans besides FDR knew, but did nothing, about the Holocaust. He was the president. Op-ed.

'Everybody did it' is no excuse for FDR abandoning the Jews

Stop whitewashing FDR's abandonment of the Jews

Documents show that State Dep't officials briefed the president on their efforts to keep refugees out. FDR simply did not want Jews.Op-ed.

Stop whitewashing FDR's abandonment of the Jews

Joe Biden, FDR, and the Nazis

FDR cut out all references to Germany and to Hitler, Goebbels and other Nazis out of his response to Kristallnacht. Op-ed.

Joe Biden, FDR, and the Nazis

Farrakhan, Hitler, and the NY Times: Here we go again

A Howard U professor wrote an admiting essay on Farrakhan for the NYT, omitting his antisemitism. And in 1933 the NYT praised Hitler. Op-ed

Farrakhan, Hitler, and the NY Times: Here we go again

A new blow to Iran's forgotten Jews

Human rights group "3 Generations" should know better than to feature a journalist who denied oppression of Iran's Jews. Op-ed

A new blow to Iran's forgotten Jews

The Yom Kippur 1942 sermon Stephen Wise didn't give

Erev Yom Kippur, Wise received the confirmed report of Nazi massacres of Jews all over Poland. He chose to speak about other things.Op-ed..

The Yom Kippur 1942 sermon Stephen Wise didn't give

The Saudis, the Jews, and FDR's dog

The Saudis, the Jews, and FDR's dog

Why those Syrian atrocities still matter

Why those Syrian atrocities still matter

A Passover message of hope from Binyamin Netanyahu's father

A Passover message of hope from Binyamin Netanyahu's father

The Labor Zionist movement and the bombing of Auschwitz

The Labor Zionist movement and the bombing of Auschwitz

How FDR turned away Jewish students escaping from Europe

How FDR turned away Jewish students escaping from Europe

When Jews mixed sport with politics

When Jews mixed sport with politics

The Rabbi, the telegram, and the Holocaust

The Rabbi, the telegram, and the Holocaust

FDR's token refugee shelter

FDR's token refugee shelter

There is no Dachau in Texas

There is no Dachau in Texas

What we can't forget when we remember Anne Frank

What we can't forget when we remember Anne Frank

Comic book features American Holocaust hero

Comic book features American Holocaust hero