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‘Kristallnacht’: The Legal Status of the Bystander

Germans stood by as Jewish businesses and synagogues were burned, tens of thousands of Jews were arrested, and nearly a hundred were killed. Shouldn’t doing nothing about it be criminal?

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Fabricating Palestinian Responsibility for the Nazi Genocide

How Benjamin Netanyahu could come to claim, and later retract, that the former mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Muhammad Amin al-Husayni, led Hitler to the Final Solution

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The Day We Burned Our Neighbors Alive

Polish journalist Anna Bikont faces history in Jedwabne in her masterful new ‘The Crime and the Silence’

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Was Polish Anti-Semitism Actually Zionism?

Nazis sought to eliminate the Jews from their future racial empire. Poles wanted to create a state for them in Palestine. Historian Timothy Snyder makes the case that in the 1930s the two aims may have converged. But was Poland an ally of the Jews or a pioneer in the art of anti-Semitic politics?

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The Ghetto Is Here

On the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Warsaw ghetto, the author of the new Holocaust history ‘Black Earth’ reads the writing on the wall

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Primo Levi’s Unlikely Suicide Haunts His Lasting Work

A monumental new edition of the Auschwitz survivor’s complete writings shows a humanist laboring in the dark

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Meet the 99-Year-Old Jewish Veteran of the War in Burma

The story of British serviceman Mordaunt Cohen

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An Interview with Slovak Historian Dr. Pavol Mešťan

Seventy years after the Slovak National Uprising, the author and director of the Museum of Jewish Culture in Bratislava addresses the role of anti-Semitism, the Catholic Church, and the fate of Jozef Tiso during World War II

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The Scholar and the Survivor

In a compelling new memoir, ‘Reading Claudius,’ Caroline Heller goes in search of her formidable uncle Erich, whose WWII legacy still haunts his descendants

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From Survival to Prosperity

The story of holocaust survivor Sam Solasz, a master butcher

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The Riegner Cable, and the Knowing Failure of the West To Act During the Shoah

When and how did authentic information about the Holocaust first become known?

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Jewish Eyes Without a Face Haunt Christian Petzold’s ‘Phoenix’

New German film is a devastating portrait of a ghostly young Eurydice, an Auschwitz survivor who refuses to stay in hell

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How One of the World’s Leading Geneticists Recovered His Family’s Stolen Legacy

Will an art restitution allow Michael Hayden to reconnect with his German roots?

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Ebb Tide in the Golden Country

All is not as it was for Jews in America

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Blum’s Day

Sociologist Pierre Birnbaum says it’s time Léon Blum—French Socialist, Zionist, wartime hero, and prime minister—got his due

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Putin Takes Credit For Defeating Fascism. LOL

George Orwell would wince at the Russian leader’s gross distortions of history

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The Forbidden Films of the Third Reich

Nazi propaganda: show it, or bury it? A new documentary takes on the question.

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The Age of Bad Holocaust Novels

A cautionary tale: ‘The Death’s Head Chess Club’ and other period fantasies are the inevitable next thing in Shoah fiction

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Why We Keep Reading About the Shoah

A thorough new history of the Nazi concentration camps challenges us to face again our fears and weakness

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Stuck Between Berlin and Jerusalem

What kind of Zionist was Gershom Scholem?

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Israel: The Original Terrorist State

Bruce Hoffman’s riveting new history of pre-1947 Palestine reviews the violent birth of the modern Jewish homeland

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50 Years of ‘The Sound of Music’

Half a century after its release, the film’s historical inaccuracies glare

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The Zionist Dream in the Poconos

An excerpt from the new memoir ‘Why Not Say What Happened’ conjures lost summer worlds

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In the Boxcar

Seventy people, speeding into the unknown

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The Unforgivable Sin of Survival

Only now, years after he survived Auschwitz, can we hear the alienation and fury of H.G. Adler’s newly translated ‘Shoah Trilogy’

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The Nazi Romance With Islam Has Some Lessons for the United States

Two new important histories look at Hitler’s fascination with Islam and Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey

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No Banality in This Evil

A new documentary and a new book look at Himmler and Eichmann through newly discovered letters

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U.S. Pays Social Security to Suspected Nazis

Government offered continued benefits to Nazis who agreed to leave U.S.

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