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Germany: Berlin parliament passes five-year rent freeze

Berlin’s parliament . . . passed a law to freeze rent prices in the rapidly gentrifying city-state for five years, becoming the first federal state in Germany to introduce a rent cap. The new law puts a cap on residential rental prices in the German capital, where the cost of rent has doubled in the […]

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9/11 Memorial & Museum

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City is the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring 9/11, documenting its impact, and examining its continuing significance. Every one of the 2,983 watercolor squares is its own shade of blue – one for each of the 2001 and 1993 attack victims – and the artwork as a whole revolves […]

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Israeli President: “many Poles stood by and even assisted in the murder of Jews.”

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin speaking to his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda: We remember that Nazi Germany initiated, planned and implemented the genocide of the Jewish people in Poland and other places and that it takes full responsibility for its actions. And we also remember, with distress, that significant assistance came from across all of Europe, […]

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ADL: Holocaust Denial is Antisemitism

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, writing in USA Today: Let’s be clear: Holocaust denial is nothing more than anti-Semitism. It is an attempt to deny the Jewish people their history, one of many tactics used by bigots in the long-running campaign to delegitimize the Jewish people. Deniers claim the Holocaust never happened or that […]

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Chagall’s America Windows

Marc Zakharovich Chagall, born Moishe Zakharovich Shagal, (1887 –1985) was a Russian-French artist of Belarusian Jewish origin. Chagall visited Chicago in the early 1970s to install his mural The Four Seasons, and at that time was inspired to create a set of stained glass windows for the Art Institute of Chicago. Chagall made the windows […]

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Erna Paris: The way we remember the Holocaust will change

Erna Paris writing in The Globe and Mail: The core learning future generations must acquire, in addition to the facts of Holocaust history, will be to recognize the impulse to genocide, how and why it starts, the propaganda tools it employs to persuade, and the known consequences of silence and indifference. I think this learning […]

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History: ‘Auschwitz Untold’ on History

This History special depicts the Nazi persecution and extermination of European Jews by combining newly colorized footage from the Holocaust and rare, first person interviews with survivors. Seventy-five years after the liberation, these survivors, who were young children at the time of the Holocaust, reflect on the tragic circumstances that lead to their internment and […]

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Staples to Offer Podcast Studio Rental

Staples, the office supply store, is getting ready to offer the rental of podcast studio time for $60 an hour. The service is called Staples Connect and is launching in the Boston area on February 5, 2020. Len Edgerly of The Kindle Chronicles deviated from his normal topic of ebooks to interview the Staples employees […]

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Statements on the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

Remarks at the the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem on January 23, 2020: I wish I could say that we Germans have learned from our history once and for all, but I cannot say that when hatred is spreading. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier The crimes committed by the Nazis, […]