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Berkeley’s Version of “Ghetto Benches”

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In many universities in pre-World War II Poland, antisemitic faculty and students humiliated Jewish students by forcing them to sit in the back of classrooms. Those areas came to be known as the "ghetto benches."

The Rosh Hashana When America’s Most Prominent Rabbi Criticized FDR

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Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, the foremost American Jewish leader of the 1930s and 1940s, is widely remembered as a staunch supporter of President Franklin...

Was FDR a Victim of the “Deep State”?

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According to Ken Burns’s narrative, President Franklin Roosevelt wanted to help the Jews in Europe but was obstructed and undermined by his own State Department.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency and the Bombing of Auschwitz

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While most of the American news media looked away, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in 1944 repeatedly publicized appeals to the Allies to bomb Auschwitz...

Wolf Blitzer’s Father and the Bombing of Auschwitz

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Has Wolf Blitzer’s father just pulled the rug out from under filmmaker Ken Burns?

Ken Burns Distorts FDR’s Policy on Jewish Refugees

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Burns has announced that his forthcoming film will challenge the “myth” that President Franklin D. Roosevelt abandoned Europe’s Jews.

Famed Truman Biographer Got It All Wrong on Zionism

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McCullough’s careless accusation against an American Zionist leader, made without any documentation, reminds us that even Pulitzer Prize winners can sometimes make mistakes—serious ones.

Antisemitism Without Antisemites

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The Republican nominee for governor of Pennsylvania, pressed by the media about his association with an outspoken antisemite, last week condemned “antisemitism in any form” — yet refused to condemn the antisemite with whom he has been associating. 

Pelosi, Her Father, Taiwan and the Holocaust

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Is Nancy Pelosi’s courageous decision to visit Taiwan connected to her father’s actions during the Holocaust?

The Voyage of the Exodus Through Cartoonists’ Eyes

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Seventy-five years ago this week, the incredible voyage of the refugee ship Exodus captured the hearts and minds of the international community. The lively and provocative political...

When the IRS Targeted Jewish Activists

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The Jewish target of U.S. government wrath in the 1940s was the Bergson Group, a political action committee led by Peter Bergson (Hillel Kook), a Zionist emissary from Palestine.

Russia and Auschwitz: First They Ignored It. Then They De-Judaized It. Now They’re...

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Russia’s complicated and disturbing record concerning Auschwitz just got a little more complicated, and a lot more disturbing.

80 Years Ago This Week: The Rubble That Could Have Been Jews

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Today known as FDR Drive, it was renamed to honor a president who is deservedly revered for his many achievements, but whose legacy is tarnished by his tragic abandonment of the Jews.

100 Years Ago This Month: When Congress Embraced Zionism—Unanimously

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One hundred years ago this week, the United States Congress unanimously embraced Zionism.

America’s Response to War Crimes In Ukraine—Then And Now

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“Terrorizing, torturing and killing civilians” … “a sadistic days-long killing spree” ... “victims buried in mass graves” … “pillaging and destruction of homes.” These are...

Harvard, BDS and the Nazis

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The editors of the Harvard student newspaper are urging a boycott of the Jewish state, and praising a campus group that has celebrated a...

Weirdest Holocaust Slur Ever

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When a Hollywood celebrity makes a ludicrous remark, it’s easy to shrug it off. But when the foreign minister of a major country spouts such lies, it’s much more troubling.

What Russian TV Wouldn’t Let Me Say (About Putin and the Holocaust)

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Why is Russian Television suddenly interested in how U.S. journalists covered Hitler?

Twisting the Holocaust to Fit a Narrative

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With the approach of Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom HaShoah) comes yet another wave of attempts to distort the Holocaust in order to advance various political or social agendas.

Greg Gutfeld Is Mad at Me (About Ukraine and the Holocaust)

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Greg Gutfeld is mad at me. Why? Because I compared his conspiracy theory that journalists are exaggerating Ukrainian suffering, to the accusations made during...

Holocaust Echoes in Ukraine Conspiracy Theory

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Fox personality Greg Gutfeld asserted that stories showing the suffering of Ukrainian civilians “have sped up and are accumulating to create a narrative — and they only go in one direction.”

From Brooklyn Housewife to Zionist Lobbyist

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"Irish, sympathetic, hates British, will definitely help.”  So read an entry in the diary of Brooklyn housewife Esther Kaplan, after meeting with Rep. John...

FDR’s Jewish Problem — And Its Japanese Link

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What does FDR’s mass internment of the Japanese have to do with his response to the Holocaust? More than you might think.

The Tuskegee Airmen and the Bombing of Auschwitz

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What is not widely known is that the history of the Tuskegee pilots is connected to the controversy over the Roosevelt administration’s refusal to bomb Auschwitz. 

N.Y. Governor’s Term Limits Plan is Good for the Jews Too

New York Governor Kathy Hochul is calling for term limits for statewide elected officials, following in the footsteps of California and many other states...

Israel “Bombs Auschwitz”

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It has often been said that if only the State of Israel had existed in the 1940s, its air force could have bombed Auschwitz, interrupting the gassing of countless innocents.

When FDR Appeased Vichy: A Troubling 80th Anniversary

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Eighty years ago this month, two tiny French islands near Nova Scotia and Maine briefly became the center of international controversy when De Gaulle’s Free French liberated them—and President Franklin D. Roosevelt demanded that they be given back to the pro-Nazi Vichy French.

Congressman Says Jews Are Crazy

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Congressman Bowman is not the first observer to make the insulting and false claim that Israeli Jews are mentally disturbed as a result of the Holocaust.

Hanukkah Behind the Ghetto Wall

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Smuggled diaries remain one of the most valuable eyewitness accounts of the fate of the Jews in the Nazi era.

Katie Couric Wasn’t the First: FDR, Truman and the Jews

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Couric joins a growing list of authors who have altered the unflattering words of individuals whom they admire, in order to shield them from embarrassment.
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