January 18, 2004 |
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.
March 26, 2000 |
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 |
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.
April 19, 1987 |
Paul Johnson is excited by "the sheer span of Jewish history." Loving these "long continuities," and seeing the Jews as having a "separate and specific identity earlier than almost any other people which still survives," he has come with great enthusiasm to a subject he in fact does not grasp at all. The result is a pleasure to read, but most of what is in it is either half-true or all wrong.
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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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November 19, 2007 |
Francine Parker, a director best known for the film "FTA," a documentary with Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland that chronicles a tour of antiwar entertainers during the Vietnam era and that was inexplicably pulled from theaters within a week of its 1972 release, has died. She was 81. Parker, who was one of the first female members of the Directors Guild of America and fought to expand opportunities for women in the industry, died of heart failure Nov.