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Rafael Medoff

Dr. Medoff is founding director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies; his most recent book is The Jews Should Keep Quiet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and the Holocaust.

Kristallnacht in Lod?

Even if the events in Lod differed in some important respects from the pogroms in Nazi Germany, the behavior of the mobs in Lod should at least warrant a serious communal discussion about these issues.

Blinken’s Holocaust Gaffe

From Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s recent remarks, one could erroneously conclude that it was actually Assistant Secretary of State Long, not President Roosevelt, who decided that the U.S. should refrain from intervening to aid European Jewry.

African-American pilots over Auschwitz

Last week, President Bush remarked that the United States should have bombed the Auschwitz death camp in 1944. Next week, Americans will commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and the struggle for Civil Rights. What do these two occasions have in common? More than one might think.

Sympathy for the suffering goes to the dogs

Kristof knows that one way to change government policy is through an outraged public, but getting the American public to care about millions of nameless genocide victims in faraway Africa is no easy task. \”What we need,\” he proposes, \”is more troubled consciences — pricked, perhaps, by a Darfur puppy with big eyes and floppy ears.\”

L.A. Pageant Raised Curtain on Holocaust

Sixty years ago this week, many residents of Los Angeles became aware of the Nazi Holocaust for the first time, thanks to a dramatic pageant staged at the Hollywood Bowl by an alliance of Jewish activists and Hollywood celebrities.

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