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Evil Genius Evil Genius
Thursday, February 23, 2012 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Very little anti-Semitic literature is new; most of its tropes seem ageless, continually recombined and updated by haters reacting only dimly to their actual circumstances. Few anti-Semitic works exhibit literary or lesser, sociological gifts. The one exception is The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
Mensch in the Moon Mensch in the Moon
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by Josh Gelernter | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Right now there are two Americans aboard the International Space Station, and their only way home is to hitch a ride in the Russians' Soyuz capsule, a ramshackle remnant of the 1960s. There's no space shuttle to bring them home because the shuttle's been retired; also retired are plans for an American return to the moon.
Toward an Archeology of Hell Toward an Archeology of Hell
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Remembrance is a contradictory imperative. Respectful preservation of the past, especially the remains of those who have gone before us, stands at odds with the need to understand the same past, especially through means like archeology.
Whose Holocaust? Whose Holocaust?
Friday, January 27, 2012 by Margot Lurie | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

For much of Europe, today is the UN-designated International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has dedicated his address this year to children murdered by the Nazis, with the message that "the best tribute to the memory of these children is an ongoing effort to teach the universal lessons of the Holocaust, so that no such horror is visited upon future generations."
The Trouble with Hitchens The Trouble with Hitchens
Friday, December 16, 2011 by Benjamin Kerstein | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

When Christopher Hitchens passed away yesterday at the age of 62, the encomia started pouring in almost immediately. Most of this praise is deserved, as the acumen of Hitchens's muscular criticism and the wit of his ripostes will be with us for a long time to come.
Terror Out of Zion Terror Out of Zion
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

There is no love lost between the British Foreign Office and Israel. In a report to parliament last month, Foreign Minister William Hague condemned Israel for building in Jerusalem, being in the West Bank, and treating the present Gaza regime like the enemy it is.
From Bucharest to Jerusalem From Bucharest to Jerusalem
Friday, December 2, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The cabinet of Romania headed by Prime Minister Emil Boc came to Jerusalem on November 24 to hold a joint session with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government. Boc spoke eloquently of the two countries' common security concerns and shared views on peace and security.
Creating the Master Race Creating the Master Race
Friday, October 28, 2011 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan's peaceful Battery Park is an unlikely place to explore some of the 20th century's most horrific evils.  Deadly Medicine, an exhibit on Nazi racial science, is a sobering examination of the intertwined history of science and evil.
Portrait of the Artist as a Self-Hating Jew Portrait of the Artist as a Self-Hating Jew
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by Dan Kagan-Kans | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The French author Irène Némirovsky lived through one world war and died at Hitler's hands in the second. Born to a wealthy Jewish family in Kiev at the turn of the last century, she came of age just in time to flee revolutionary Russia for Paris.
The Wages of Durban The Wages of Durban
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 by Arch Puddington | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

In the days just prior to the assault on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) was very much in the news, and for reasons that are altogether relevant to the mass murder that took place on September 11, 2001.
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Editors' Picks
In Hemingway's Shadow Heather McRobie, Times Literary Supplement. Although recently overshadowed by her husband, Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn was an esteemed writer in her own right—and an important Holocaust novelist.
Beyond the Pursuit of Happiness Emily Esfahani Smith, Atlantic. Psychiatrist Victor Frankl, a concentration camp survivor, wrote that "if there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering."
Was Hitler Insane? Yvonne Sherratt, Times Higher Education. A new book thoroughly examines Hitler's medical records.  There is no doubt, the author says, about Hitler's mental health—and criminal responsibility.
Martin Gilbert's Legacy Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, Standpoint. With his monumental works on the Holocaust, Zionism, and Winston Churchill, Martin Gilbert deserves to be celebrated as not only a great Jewish historian but a great English historian.
Righteous Among the Nations William Doino, First Things. Yad Vashem's recognition of Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa, who recruited rescuers and sheltered Jews in the cardinal’s palace, shows the complexity of the wartime role of the Catholic Church.
The Other Kindertransport Sarah Wildman, Forward. We know about the thousands of Jewish children sheltered in wartime Britain.  For 75 years, though, no one knew about the smaller group ferried to Denmark, Sweden, and Palestine.
Is the “Ugly Germany” Back? Dirk Kurbjuweit, Spiegel. Issues involving Nazism have dominated German politics this year.  “Why all this constant rehashing of Hitler, some ask?  But Hitler isn't the problem.  The problem is our society.”
Holocaust Tourism Wolfgang Höbel, Spiegel. Tuvia Tenenbom’s raucous but disturbing travelogue of modern Germany, rife with accusations of anti-Semitism, shocked the country’s press last year.  Now it has been translated into German.
Preconditions to Murder Timothy Snyder, New York Review of Books. It is no accident that the Final Solution took place in territory where first the Soviets had destroyed independent states, then the Germans had destroyed Soviet institutions.
Arendt and the Arabs Richard L. Rubenstein, New English Review. Hannah Arendt feared that Zionism would create a “Jewish island in an Arab sea.”  But her Eurocentrism kept her from seeing just how hostile that sea would be.