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The Days of Awe and the years of horror

Sept. 3, 2013A worker removes notes from the cracks of the Western Wall. Workers cleaned out the cracks Sunday and … Continued

A meditation on remembrance

There is such a thing as kismet, fate. The Yiddish term is beshert something that is meant to happen. The … Continued

A ghost of the Holocaust who continues to haunt

Visitors pass beneath a cast taken from the original entrance to the Auschwitz death camp, inscribed with the phrase Arbeit … Continued

As Holocaust Museum turns 20, the ranks of survivors dwindle

WASHINGTON — The adult survivors of the Holocaust are mostly gone now, and those who survived as children — and … Continued

Bergen-Belsen and Bitburg 27 years later: A personal perspective

EPA Premier of Lower Saxony David McAllister stands in front of the inscription wall at the obelsik on the occasion … Continued

Wolpe on Brandon’s Holocaust analogy: ‘It is stupidity on stilts’

Every now and then we forbid certain things to certain select individuals: Boxers may not use their fists in casual … Continued

Holocaust-denying Bishop Richard Williamson booted from traditionalist group

VATICAN CITY — A breakaway traditionalist group has expelled Bishop Richard Williamson, a British prelate who in 2009 sparked a … Continued

The roots of Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate” rape remarks

ST. LOUIS — “The question of rape always stirs the emotions whenever it is introduced into the abortion debate,” Dr. … Continued

My mother: A heroine of the Holocaust

Among the approximately 58,000 prisoners whom British troops liberated at the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in Germany on April … Continued

Traditionalists facing showdown with Vatican

When Pope Benedict XVI chose in 2009 to lift the excommunications of four bishops from a conservative schismatic group, few … Continued

Accused Nazi guard John Demjanjuk dies at 91

CLEVELAND — Former Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk died Saturday (March 17) in Germany, ending nearly 35 years of legal battles … Continued

Seeing Jerusalem anew

Many of us who travel to Israel frequently risk becoming jaded. Obsessed by Realpolitik, the peace process, internecine and ultimately … Continued

Can Democracy Save Egypt…Or Us?

By Roger Gottlieb Probably not. After all, it hasn’t saved the U.S. from having an often aggressive foreign policy and … Continued

Henry Kissinger’s betrayal: a stark contrast with other American Jews in public life

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft There can be no question that the recently released White House recordings by the Nixon Presidential … Continued

Nuremberg: Its lessons for today

I recently spent part of a beautiful autumn Sunday in New York watching a dark (in every sense of the … Continued

Miep Gies, hero of humanity

By Abraham Cooperassociate dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center When a loved one passes, Jewish tradition tells us to look at the … Continued

Losing Trust in God and Government

We have entered what columnist Kathleen Parker calls “a political era of uninhibited belligerence,” that is finding expression in sermons, … Continued

We Are All Holocaust Witnesses

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft General Counsel of the World Jewish Congress On April 24, 1945, my mother, Dr. Hadassah Bimko … Continued

New Occasions Teach New Duties — Even to Popes

Pope Benedict XVI has offered a number of apologies recently – for clergy sex abuse, for promoting a Holocaust denier, … Continued

Benedict’s Evasive Apology

When the Pope apologizes for anything, his statement generally signifies nothing more than an attempt at damage control in the … Continued