By Jennifer Schuessler.. For decades, it has been one of the most politically charged questions in American history: What did Franklin D. Roosevelt do — or, more to the point, not do — in response to the Holocaust? The issue has spawned a large literary response, with books often bearing polemical titles like “The Abandonment of the Jews” or “Saving the Jews.” But in a new volume from Harvard University Press, two historians aim to set the matter straight with what they call both a neutral assessment of Roosevelt’s broader record on Jewish issues and a corrective to the popular view of it, which they say has become overly scathing. (more…)
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By WJC.. The scale of the Nazis’ attempt to eradicate Europe’s Jewish population could far exceed what historians have long believed to be the case, according to a group of academics from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. As part of a 13-year project to catalogue the sites of Nazi atrocities and build a comprehensive map of the Holocaust, researchers have found evidence of 42,500 Nazi “killing centers”, ghettos, forced labor camps and other sites of persecution and murder. (more…)
By Lance Lambert.. The world situation is not getting any better. On every side there is economic distress, financial instability, and natural disasters that are having their effect even upon food production. It seems to me that it is divine judgment. It is much like the ten plagues that the Lord sent on Egypt. For the purpose of God to be fulfilled, Egypt had to be judged. Egypt in the Bible is a symbol of the world—of its power, and glory, and might, its wisdom, its self-glory. (more…)
By WJC.. Nearly 100 French imams visited the Drancy Holocaust memorial near Paris on Monday in an effort to show that Islam is a tolerant religion. The Muslim leaders, who traveled from all over France, gathered at the site of the former detention camp where around 65,000 Jews were held before being deported to extermination camps, mainly to Auschwitz, during World War II. (more…)
By Barry Shaw.. International Holocaust Remembrance Day should serve as a reminder that, unless we maintain our alertness and prevent the spread of anti-Israel libel couched in Holocaust terms, the same threat that consumed our forebears in Europe could consume us in our homeland in the deadly realization of delegitimization. (more…)
By Noam (Dabul) Dvir.. President Peres receives chilling journal in Polish language, published 70 years after start of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Another diary describes activity of anti-Nazi resistance groups. “At night, we will be led to Treblinka. It’s the last time I see the blue sky.” A copy of a rare diary from the Holocaust was presented on Thursday (January 17th, 2013) to President Shimon Peres at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum. (more…)
By Point of no return.. Two events shook Jews the world over, on or around Holocaust Memorial Day: One, the pronouncements of a British MP, David Ward, accusing the Israelis of failing to learn the lesson of the Holocaust by ‘committing atrocities against the Palestinians’. The other was an antisemitic cartoon (above) in the Sunday Times by the controversial Gerald Scarfe showing Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall with the blood of crushed Palestinians. But for all the furore and the condemnations, critics have been guilty of moral inversion, failing to see in Palestinian and Arab exterminationist intentions the legacy of a pro-Nazi past. (more…)
By Al Arabiya.. A set of 1,000-year-old manuscripts found in the mountainous north of Afghanistan have shed light on the cultural, economic and religious life of a Jewish society living there in the 11th century. The find has been analyzed for the first time and will be unveiled at Israel’s National Library this month, reported the New York Times on Monday.
The texts, known collectively as the Afghan Geniza, were written in Hebrew, Aramaic, Judeo-Persian, Judeo-Arabic and Arabic. The papers include economic and legal documents as well as letters between family members- revealing evidence about the everyday life of the community. (more…)
By Israel Today Staff.. A number of prominent rabbis who oversee Jewish holy places in Israelissued a plea last week for the authorities to do more to protect Jewish worshippers from attacks by Palestinian mobs. Most notably, Palestinian riots outside Rachel’s Tomb on the northern outskirts of Bethlehem have grown unbearably violent of late.
By Auggie Moore.. Throughout World War II, thousands of Jews fled from Europe, trying to escape the Nazi onslaught and their murderous designs upon any Jews that fell under their dominion. Finding a place of sanctuary was not easy, and even if you did obtain the necessary papers allowing you to enter this place of refuge, you still need to obtain exit visas from your current place of residence, obtaining financing for your trip, and figure out a way of getting to where you were going – something that was easier said than done, especially during a time of war. (more…)