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“They All Could Have Been Saved” “They All Could Have Been Saved”
Thursday, May 2, 2013 by Lance J. Sussman | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus personally rescued 50 Jewish children from Nazi-era Vienna and brought them home to Philadelphia.  A new documentary tells their story—and contrasts it with the apathy shown by their community.
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.
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Fallen Soldier Joseph Berger, New York Times. Boruch Spiegel, who was one of the last survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, escaped the Nazis via the sewers, only to return to the city to fight with Polish partisans a year later.
Does Vichy Live On? Robert O. Paxton, New York Review of Books. France's wartime Vichy regime, which collaborated with the Nazis, is often viewed as a historical aberration.  But a new book argues that Vichy shaped modern France.
Learning Jazz James Hughes, Atlantic. There was a jazz scene in Europe even under Nazi occupation.  Certain Nazis’ love of jazz even managed to save the lives of a few Jewish musicians.
Art at War Jed Perl, New Republic. "Could it be that artists and intellectuals find it soothing to think that they are the particular enemies of authoritarian regimes?"
Changing the Tune Michael White, Telegraph. Having laid bare its Nazi history, the Vienna Philharmonic has faced calls to disband.  But ought we to assume that "all great musicians should be great examples of humanity"?
What Lurks Underneath Odessa? Moses Gates, Forward. "We spend hours in the catacombs, doing several trips to various sections. . . . Then we turn a corner and see a circle about a foot in diameter with a swastika carved into it."
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."
Poland’s Casualties of War Suzanne Rozdeba, Tablet. In Nazi-occupied Poland, Wladyslaw Gugla risked death as a Jew and a teacher of Slavic children. Protected by villagers, he survived—only to die from habits formed in hiding.