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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 last 10 years.

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9/11 Memorial & Museum

9/11 Memorial, New York City (2020)

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 around the idea of memory. 

Jordan Friedman, 9/11 Memorial Research and Digital Projects Associate

The meaning of the quotation is less than clear.

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New York City, ©David Enzel 2020
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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, and that also demands the acceptance of responsibility.

See also, Haaretz.

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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 some much smaller number of Jews did die but primarily from diseases. They also claim that accounts of the Holocaust are merely propaganda generated by Jews for their own benefit. Denialism is often used by some of the world’s foremost anti-Semites — among them David DukeAli Khamenei and Arthur Jones — to foment hate against Jews.

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Chagall’s America Windows

Marc Chagall’s America Windows, Art Institute of Chicago (2020)

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 a tribute to the American Bicentennial, and in particular the commitment of the United States to cultural and religious freedom.The windows appeared prominently in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Chagall fled Nazi-occupied France in 1941 for the United States where he remained until 1948 when he returned to France. He died in France in 1985.

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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 must also include the somewhat rueful acknowledgement that most humans are susceptible to propaganda in various degrees, which is why early-stage vigilance is so crucial.

Erna Paris was born in Toronto in 1938. She is the author of seven works of literary non-fiction and the winner of twelve national and international writing awards for her books, feature writing, and radio documentaries. Her book Long Shadows: Truth, Lies, and History was chosen as one of “The Hundred Most Important Books Ever Written in Canada” by the Literary Review of Canada.

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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 reveal the ways in which they survived the brutal Nazi campaign. Ultimately, a story of incredible courage, faith, and resilience emerges from the darkness of this horrific chapter in history.

The documentary premieres on January 26, 2020.

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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 who set up the service. He actually interviewed them in a Staples podcast studio.

This shows how podcasts are becoming mainstream and how workspaces are changing. It’s an interesting episode and I wonder where this will lead.

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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, their deliberate, planned, and as they said, ‘final solution to the Jewish issue,’ is one of the darkest and most shameful pages of modern world history. But we should not forget that this crime also had accomplices. They were often crueler than their masters. Death factories and concentration camps were served not only by the Nazis, but also by their accomplices in many European countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin