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Hollywood Goes to Auschwitz Hollywood Goes to Auschwitz
Friday, June 29, 2012 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Hollywood’s first encounter with the Holocaust came decades before Schindler’s List or any such dramatizations. The footage of genocide and its perpetrators, captured by three iconic American directors, shaped not only how we perceive the Holocaust, but also the subsequent development of American cinema—and the directors themselves.
Brandeis and Zionism, In and Out of Love Brandeis and Zionism, In and Out of Love
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by Evan Moffic | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The Supreme Court is once again poised to define the role of government in American society; and Louis D. Brandeis, the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice, would have recognized the terms of the debate.
Catholics, Jews, and Jewish Catholics Catholics, Jews, and Jewish Catholics
Monday, June 18, 2012 by Daniel Johnson | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Jews and Catholics in the English-speaking world have so much in common that they ought to make common cause more often than they actually do. The friction between them that sometimes catches fire is, as often as not, based on mutual ignorance and mistrust.
At the Edge of the Abyss At the Edge of the Abyss
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The striking thesis of a new work is that even before Hitler came to power, the prognosis for European Jewry was bleak: "The demographic trajectory was grim and, with declining fertility, large-scale emigration, increasing outmarriage, and widespread apostasy, foreshadowed extinction."
Sending <i>Mein Kampf</i> Back to School Sending Mein Kampf Back to School
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Important literature can't be kept under wraps forever. A case in point is Mein Kampf. The German state of Bavaria, which holds the German copyright, has blocked the book's publication within Hitler's homeland.
Righteous Among <i>Our</i> Nation Righteous Among Our Nation
Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Chaya Glasner | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Even before visitors walk through the door of Yad Vashem, they see a powerful tribute to Holocaust heroism. Along the Avenue of the Righteous leading to the museum, thousands of trees bloom in honor of the approximately 21,000 "Righteous Among the Nations," courageous Gentiles who defied the Nazis and risked their lives to save Jews from deportation.
Getting Hitler Getting Hitler
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Some cataclysmic events occur with the speed of a train wreck; others unfold over months or even years. Nassim Nicholas Taleb's 2007 bestseller The Black Swan argues that the more earth-shattering the event, the less likely that the press will provide an early warning.
Poison Pen Poison Pen
Monday, April 16, 2012 by D.G. Myers | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

A Nobel Prize-winning German novelist—a former SS soldier, no less—accuses the state of Israel of seeking to exterminate an entire people, and the literary republic yawns. But when Israel bars its accuser from entering the country, because ex-Nazis have no place in the Jewish state, the cries of "bullying" and "censorship" nearly drown out the original accusation.
A Convenient Hatred A Convenient Hatred
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

With some 1,000 books currently in print on the subject, does the world desperately need another tome on anti-Semitism? What difference will it make, when anti-Israelism provides only the latest justification for Europe's persistent prejudice against Jews and anti-Semitic views are shared by 15 percent of Americans and 90 percent of Muslims worldwide?
Gertrude Stein, Fascist? Gertrude Stein, Fascist?
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 by Eitan Kensky | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Does it say something that the most indelible portraits of Gertrude Stein come from the outside? Or, to frame the question a different way: what does it say when our most lasting impressions of a writer are based not on her words, but on the visions and appropriations of others?
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Editors' Picks
Collecting the Holocaust Adam Andrusier, Jewish Quarterly. "Anyone like to buy Schindler’s list?  I don’t mean a DVD of the film: I mean Schindler’s list.  It’s available for $1.2 million on a U.S. website, apparently ‘the opportunity of a lifetime.’"
Misuses of the Holocaust Peter Berger, American Interest. "Is the Holocaust of European Jewry during World War II an absolutely unique event?  Or may it properly be used to refer to other events of mass massacres?"
From The White Rose . . . Jud Newborn, JTA. Sophie and Hans Scholl, who led Germany’s only Nazi-era public protest against Hitler and the Holocaust, were executed 70 years ago this month.  But in Germany, their legacy lives on.  
The Pope's Jewish Legacy Brad Hirschfield, Washington Post. Pope Benedict XVI antagonized some Jewish leaders.  But he confronted the Holocaust and the Church's historic persecution of Jews with honesty and integrity.
Holograms of the Holocaust , Associated Press. The Holocaust is fading from living memory, but future generations will be able to meet Holocaust survivors face-to-face—as 3-D holograms.
Open Heart Stefan Kanfer, City Journal. In his latest book, about his recent medical misfortunes, Elie Wiesel once again shows himself to be "a generous man in a parsimonious epoch."
Hiding From Justice Felix Bohr, Spiegel. A new book, asking how so many Nazi war criminals escaped to South America, finds collusion among Latin dictators, French former collaborators—and West German officials.
Nazis Among Us Efraim Zuroff, Jerusalem Post. Every year the Simon Wiesenthal Center publishes a report on war criminals apprehended and at large.  "It is still possible," says its director, "to bring the perpetrators to justice."
Metropolis of Death Robert Eaglestone, Times Higher Education. Historian Otto Dov Kulka has always separated his research on the Holocaust from his own experience at Auschwitz.  But his latest book combines the two—to extraordinary effect. 
Obedient Belgium Cnaan Lipshiz, JTA. While Madeleine Cornet, sister of collaborator Leon Degrelle, sheltered Jews, Belgian officials willingly complied with the Nazis.  But it has taken 70 years for the country to admit it.