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An Open Letter to the Director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Omer Bartov, Doris Bergen, Andrea Orzoff, Timothy Snyder, and Anika Walke, et al. The New York Review of Books
We are scholars who write on the Holocaust and genocide. We are deeply concerned about the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s recent “Statement Regarding the Museum’s Position on Holocaust Analogies.” We write this public letter to urge its retraction

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School photo: The Jewish school, Warsaw 1929

Jane Spiro Intimate Riches in a Little Room
For the London-born poet Jane Spiro, her father’s school photo taken in 1929 represents the “before” but cannot foresee the changes that await a Polish-born Jewish boy.

As Germany Honors Those Who Fought Fascism, We Must Honor Those Who Fought White Supremacy

David Bacon Truthout
Graves form part of a collective memory of socialism. They force an acknowledgement of the ideas those revolutionaries died to defend. Fascism's armies sought to bury those ideas forever, along with the people who held them, in the Nazis' "thousand-year Reich." Learning lessons from Germany for our struggle against those that fought against racism, slavery, the Confederacy and white supremacy.

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It Is Important to Have Perspective on Elie Wiesel's Legacy

Max Blumenthal AlterNet
By popularizing an understanding of the Holocaust as a unique event that existed outside of history, Wiesel helped cast Jews as history's ultimate victims. In turn, he fueled support for the walled-in Spartan state that was supposed to represent their deliverance. In the face on increasingly unspeakable crimes against Palestinians, Wiesel counseled silence: "I must identify with whatever Israel does -- even with her errors."

"Ideation" Shows Unnerving Connection Between Corporate Sleaze and Designs for Mass Killing

Lucy Komisar The Komisar Scoop
Aaron Loeb's new play, Ideation", establishes perfectly the moral conundrum, the slippery slope of the amoral corporate/political project. You don't really know where to draw the line between the past, present and possible future. You only understand that the kind of morality represented by corporate sleaze and groupthink has seeped into areas where "a modest proposal" for killing is readily accepted by political decision-makers.
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