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  • Living at the heart of a “Promised Land”

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 12, 2013 | 11:16 am

    Ari Shavit, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel (New York: Spiegel and Grau, 2013) pp. 449).

    The anguish of the believer is not the same as that of the renegade, and Ari Shavit writes as a believer in the Zionist enterprise. Not Zionism in the mystical sense that...

  • Scars of Israel’s ‘Numbered’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 10, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    In “Numbered,” the new documentary by Dana Doron and Uriel Sinai, a journalist and Holocaust survivor named Ruth Bondy describes how in the early days of the Jewish state, sabras condescendingly stared at the serialized number the Nazis had tattooed on her forearm at Auschwitz.

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  • How the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum changed my life

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 3, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    My daughter, Ilana, then a young college student, asked if she could go with me to the opening of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, on April 22, 1993 (the date was tied to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising’s 50th anniversary). I said: “I will be leaving very early.” She...

  • ‘Rachel Corrie’ on stage: agitprop or art?

    By Tom Tugend

    August 23, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    “The American Jewish community has a problem keeping silent,” says scholar Michael Berenbaum, and he ascribes the “problem” to guilt over our collective failure to speak up during the Holocaust.

    In a very different time and on a vastly different scale, the option of silence...

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  • Should Israel care what we think? Should we care what Israel thinks? If not now, when?

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Should Israel Care?

    The four pieces addressing the cover story have missed one aspect of the debate ("Why Should Israel Care What We Think About Jerusalem?" Jan. 25). The government of Israel, in making decisions on the fate of Jerusalem, is not operating in a vacuum. It is subject...
  • Books: Kristallnacht’s memory revealed and recovered

    By Michael Berenbaum

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Nov. 9, 2006 marks the 68th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the pogroms throughout Germany and Austria, then incorporated into Germany, that set fire to the synagogues in towns and villages, pillaged Jewish shops, and led to the arrest and incarceration into concentration camps of...
  • In 2003, We Are STRONG

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Item 1: I received a call the other day from a journalist employed by a respected Jewish magazine working on a story titled, "Is a Second Holocaust Brewing?"

    Item 2: Arthur Cohn, a well-respected and talented filmmaker repeated in The Jewish Journal and The Forward the canard first...

  • The Top 10 Reasons Why Today Is Different

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The top 10 reasons why the vulnerability of the 1930s cannot be compared with contemporary Jewish vulnerability:

    10. Hitler ruled most of Europe; Arafat can't move beyond the rubble of his compound.

    9. In the 1930s, Jews were without adequate power to defend themselves. Those with...

  • An Enabler of Genocide

    By Michael Berenbaum

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Edwin Black's new book, "IBM and the Holocaust" (Crown) has generated significant interest. Full-page advertisements in the New York Times and other prestigious newspapers and interviews on the "Today Show" and other prominent television programs have all been part of its marketing...

  • Rescuing the Spiritual Elite

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Response of Orthodox Jewry in the United States to the Holocaust: The Activities of Vaad-Ha-Hatzala Rescue Committee, 1933-1945, Efraim Zuroff, Yeshiva University Press, 316 pages, $39.50



    Efraim Zuroff is Israel's preeminent Nazi-hunter, the best of the younger generation....

  • The Diminished Assault on Truth and Memory

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In the wake of the Littleton shooting tragedy, a nation of finger-pointers has rounded up the usual suspects: media violence, guns, video games, the Internet. But for Jonathan Kellerman, this laundry list -- inevitably brought out in the wake of such violence -- omits one major...