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September 21, 1997 | Kristine McKenna, Kristine McKenna is a regular contributor to Calendar
When "The Long Way Home" opened last week under the Moriah Films banner, audiences probably thought, "Moriah Films? Never heard of it." This moving documentary chronicling events in the lives of the Jews who survived Hitler's Third Reich only to have international doors slam shut on them is, however, the fourth film produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which launched Moriah Films in 1994.
As founder of Chapman University's Holocaust education program, Marilyn J. Harran teaches two courses a year on the subject. She's familiar with World War II's atrocities, and she's heard survivors' firsthand accounts of life and death in Nazi concentration camps. But as a contributing author to the newly released "The Holocaust Chronicle: A History in Words and Pictures," she wasn't prepared for the emotional toll the work would take on her.
January 18, 2004 | Abraham Brumberg, Abraham Brumberg is the editor of "Poland: Genesis of a Revolution," among other books.
What a sad story this is -- the story of Polish-Jewish relations for nearly 1,000 years. Sad, for there were hopeful moments during this period, promising that relations between these two peoples would turn out happier than they did. Poland in the Middle Ages was a relatively tolerant place where kings and much of the nobility allowed Jews to manage their legal and cultural affairs and have a degree of religious freedom virtually unknown in the rest of Europe.
Kneeling between rows of moss-streaked graves with Hebrew epitaphs, Tineke Arentse seeks to atone for what her faith and country have done to Jews. She and other Christian volunteers, as they do every year, are refurbishing a Jewish cemetery. Working with sponges and brushes, they wash the wafer-thin granite and marble headstones, glue back broken fragments, repaint Hebrew letters, pull weeds.
April 4, 2010 | From Reuters
Pope Benedict's personal preacher apologized to Jews on Sunday after he compared attacks on the Church and the pope over a sexual abuse scandal to "collective violence" against Jews throughout history. "If - and it was not my intention to do so - I hurt the sensitivities of Jews and victims of paedophilia, I am truly sorry and I ask for forgiveness," Father Raniero Cantalamessa said in an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper. He also said the pope was not aware of his remarks and that the pontiff heard them for the first time along with everyone else in St. Peter's Basilica on Good Friday.
July 12, 2005
Re "Evil targets God's chosen," Current, July 10 Dennis Prager writes that without the Jews there would be no Christianity and no Islam, but if this were true then he neglects to mention another thing there would not be: war. As a Jew, I find it disturbing to live in a world where we hail our own spiritual faith as somehow more important than another's. Millions have paid the ultimate price for this spiritual arrogance with their suffering at the hands of someone else's belief system.
January 24, 1992
Fifty years ago this week, in an elegant room of a comfortable villa in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, a small group of bureaucrats gathered to discuss the mechanics of murdering Europe's 11 million Jews. What history would later come to know as the Holocaust had, in fact, already begun, though not yet in the programmatic way the Wannsee Conference was convened to plan.
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