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Pope Pius XII: Vatican records show he knew Nazis were killing Jews during Holocaust – The Washington Post

The long-awaited opening of Pope Pius XII’s wartime records lasted only a week before the coronavirus outbreak shut down the Vatican archives. But that was long enough for documents to emerge that reflect badly on the pontiff accused of silence during the Holocaust, according to published reports. In that week alone, German researchers found that […]

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‘Unorthodox’ Author Tells the Story of Her Life and Her Journey to Berlin

In this interview on DW, Deborah Feldman tells the story of her life as an ultra-orthodox Jew and her rejection of Hasidic traditions. Her book, ‘Unorthodox,’ inspired the Netflix series of the same name. What comes through loud and clear in this insightful interview is the ongoing multigenerational trauma of the Holocaust. One of the […]

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75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp

Today is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp near Munich, Germany: Ask any veteran of the 42nd or 45th Infantry Divisions who was at the liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp on April 29, 1945, to summarize his experience in one word and without needing time to think, he would […]

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Peter Turnley Making Images in NYC During Covid-19 Pandemic

Last year, as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned, Leica photographer Peter Turnley was on a flight from Paris to New York. When he arrived in New York to the news, he got right back on a plane and returned to Paris. This year, he’s in New York City making images of the largest pandemic […]

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Israelis Singing from their Balconies on Memorial Day

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Podcast: ‘Public Health on Call’

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore has a superb podcast entitled Public Health On Call focusing on the novel coronavirus spreading worldwide. Past episode topics have included when we can expect a vaccine, an interview with historian, author and expert about the 1918 influenza pandemic John Barry and Covid-19 and the law. The information is reliable and presented calmly, which […]

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Audiobook: ‘The Great Influenza’

As bad as Covid-19 is, the United States been through something like this before. However, it seems we didn’t learn from the lessons of the great influenza epidemic of 1918. That epidemic infected 500 million people – about a third of the world’s population at the time. John M. Barry’s book is thoroughly researched and well written. It’s […]

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The ‘O’ in Pittsburgh Has Closed

The Original Hot Dog Shop in Pittsburgh has closed its doors after 60 years. I loved the place when I went to Pitt. I enjoyed playing pinball there. John Gruber, who is from Philadelphia, said the “O was the canonical ideal of the greasy college spoon, the sort of institution that you can’t imagine not […]

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The first modern pandemic | Bill Gates

I am often asked when large-scale vaccination will start. Like American’s top public health officials, I say that it is likely to be 18 months, even though it could be as short as nine months or closer to two years. A key piece will be the length of the phase 3 trial, which is where […]