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The Siege of Leningrad, Nazis and the Untold History of World War II in Russia and Estonia

A trip to Northern Europe and the former Soviet Union uncovers buried truths about Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust—and reminds us of the power of travel to astound.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE


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Facing Hate With Elie Wiesel

“We must speak. We must take sides,” the late Holocaust survivor, Nobel laureate and author told Bill Moyers in this timeless interview.

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges and Holocaust Survivor Lola Mozes Revisit Nazi-Occupied Poland (Video)

Mozes’ testimony is both a history lesson and a cautionary tale for our time.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Hedy Epstein, Human Rights Activist and Holocaust Survivor, Dies at 91

Epstein devoted her life to advocating for human rights after escaping the horrors of Nazi Germany.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE



Benjamin Netanyahu Ratchets Up the Conflict Between Israel’s Politicians and Military

It’s a dangerous inversion: In Israel, according to Ronen Bergman in his analysis for The New York Times, the relationship that Benjamin Netanyahu and other politicians are cultivating with their country’s military and intelligence leaders is one in which the wrong side is making the case for caution.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE



The Gene: An Intimate History

The gene has been called “one of the most dangerous ideas in history.” What we believe about genes is much of what we believe about ourselves and our fellow men and women. Those beliefs can amplify our humanity or demean it; they can be the basis for liberation or for the Holocaust.

Posted on May 21, 2016 READ MORE



Survivors in Ukraine

Stephen Shore’s book is a potent photo-documentation of Holocaust survivors in their twilight years and a testament to how one lives within a community that shares collective traumatic memories.

Posted on May 13, 2016 READ MORE



Israeli Arab Lawmaker Refuses Holocaust-Day Invite, Saying Israel Today Is Like Germany in 1930s

Israeli lawmaker Haneen Zoabi declined to participate in a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, citing her inability to speak out against what she called the “frightening similarity” between Nazi Germany’s behavior and Israel’s policies in the occupied territories, reports the newspaper Haaretz.

Posted on Apr 23, 2016 READ MORE



The Hundred-Year Walk

April 24 is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. The 1.5 million Armenians who perished in the genocide are often an abstract statistic, but a powerful new book, based on the journals of the author’s grandfather who lived through the atrocity, may help change that.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE



Reader: ‘Bernie Sanders Knows Politics Can Save Lives’

In a letter to The Guardian, a reader looks at the dark legacies of “economic hardship and social deprivation” and sees in Bernie Sanders, who lost several family members in the Holocaust, a presidential candidate who grasps that social security and empowerment can protect a population from the potentially deadly “seduction of scapegoating” minorities and the underrepresented.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE



The Best Truthdig Poetry of 2015

Here are the 10 poems that readers liked best from our very own original political poetry series, inaugurated this year.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE



The Painting That Saved My Family From the Holocaust

A frightened young woman left her apartment in Munich in November 1938 and returned with the visa that saved her family. A team of German journalists launched an improbable search to find the missing artwork and tell its story.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



Rupert Murdoch Is Already Destroying National Geographic

Australian media magnate Rupert Murdoch is already meddling in his recent acquisition; Republican front-runner Ben Carson is fielding allegations that he lied about trying to stab a classmate when he was a child; and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still dealing with the fallout from his absurd statements regarding the Holocaust. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



Ben Carson Says He’s Against Abortion in All Cases, Makes Slavery Comparison

The Republican presidential candidate isn’t shy about making comparisons with slavery in order to draw attention to present-day socio-political issues in America, and during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, he invoked that historical disgrace once again in reference to abortion.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE



Netanyahu’s Blood Libel Against Palestinians

In saying a mufti put Hitler up to the Holocaust, the Israeli prime minister is attempting to paint Palestinians as congenital Jew-haters—justifying robbing them of their remaining land, their livelihoods and their lives. Netanyahu is wrong on the history.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE



Holding Haj Amin al-Husseini Responsible for the Nazi Genocide Is Bad Scholarship

“Dumping the Holocaust” on the Palestinian Grand Mufti “is ultimately an insult to” the Nazis’ 6 million victims that “provides another means of denigrating the entire Palestinian people,” writes Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk at The Independent.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 READ MORE



Germany Clarifies Netanyahu Comments: We’re Responsible for the Holocaust

The German government said Wednesday that responsibility for the Holocaust lay with the Germans, after Israel’s prime minister ignited a firestorm of controversy before a visit to Berlin by saying a Muslim elder had convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate Jews.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



Netanyahu Points to WWII-Era Palestinian Leader as Cause of Holocaust

The Israeli prime minister practically exonerated Adolf Hitler in remarks made to a group of Jewish leaders Tuesday in which he tried to blame Palestine for the Holocaust.

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‘The Inheritance of Trauma’: A Poem Explores How Suffering Leaves a Mark on Future Generations

Based on a study that posits that the children of Holocaust survivors may inherit genes altered by their parents’ trauma, Megan Collins’ poem beautifully ponders how to live with the tragic fact that “blood remembers blood.”

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE



Primo Levi, Complete

“I deliberately assumed the calm and sober language of the witness, not the lament of the victim or the anger of the avenger. ... It is you who are the judges.” Those are the words of Primo Levi, one of the most essential writers of the 20th century—particularly of the Holocaust.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Defending Natalie Portman: Don’t Use the Holocaust to Justify Fearmongering

Actress Natalie Portman has kicked off a controversy with remarks about how to remember the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews, in which the National Socialists murdered 6 million.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE



Choosing Life

As long as we exploit animals and kill them for food, we will exploit and kill each other. The willful numbness of our life as carnivores feeds our lack of empathy for the poor, our lust for war and ecocide.

Posted on Apr 19, 2015 READ MORE



The Call for Reparations Rises Again

In 1865, former slaves first heard the broken promise that they would receive “40 acres and a mule” to start their new lives. Now, 150 years later, the movement seeking compensation and healing for the slaves’ descendants is coming back to life.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE



Greeks Hold to Nazi-Era Claims Ahead of Prime Minister’s Visit to Berlin

Jewish leaders in Thessaloniki, Greece, are considering how to reclaim—with interest—fares that Nazi Germany made nearly 60,000 Jews pay to send themselves to their deaths at Auschwitz.

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE



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Seventy Years After Auschwitz, One Survivor Has Her Revenge

Eva Slonim was a child when she was taken to Auschwitz, where she was tortured and experimented on by Dr. Josef Mengele.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE



‘You Have a Mother’

Lola Mozes’ desperate plea to a Nazi camp guard did not save her mother. But by then her parents had taught her a lesson that has informed her life—no human being ever has the right to live at the expense of another.

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 READ MORE



Hypocrisy Abounds: Free Speech as Cover for Islamophobia

The dominant narrative that has emerged from the horrific massacre at Charlie Hebdo is that the very foundation of freedom itself was attacked last week in Paris, and that the best way to fight Islamic fundamentalism is to uphold the ethos of the French weekly’s irreverence and satire.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE



German Town Plays Charitable Prank on Neo-Nazis

If you can’t beat ’em, make ’em raise money against their own cause.

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 READ MORE



Let My People Go

Chris Hedges delivered this address Saturday in New York City before demonstrators marched to U.N. headquarters in support of the people of Gaza. The event was part of a day of international protest against the Israeli military assault on Palestinians.

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 READ MORE



The Crime of Peaceful Protest

Cecily McMillan—facing the possibility of seven years in prison for elbowing a plainclothes policeman in Zuccotti Park—is the latest victim of a cloaked offensive to destroy activist leaders.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Inside the Nazis’ Model Concentration Camp

Theresienstadt was a most peculiar institution. It was created by the Nazis as a “model” camp—“Hitler’s gift to the Jews,” as the saying went—designed to placate the Red Cross and other international inspectors when they came calling.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE



Himmler’s Secret Diaries and Letters Uncovered

Letters, photos and diaries belonging to Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler have been discovered in Israel, revealing greater detail about one of the men who was directly responsible for the Holocaust.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Iran Now Has a President Who Believes in the Holocaust

Unlike Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who as Iran’s president convened a conference to investigate the Holocaust as hoax, Hasan Rowhani has another take.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE


Warsaw Ghetto Uprising v. 2.0

In April 1943, as Nazis rounded up, and later deported or killed, about 300,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, Hitler’s henchmen were met with resistance in the form of the Warsaw Uprising, as factions of armed Jews and Polish gentiles from the Home Army banded together to strike back against their occupiers.

 

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Huckabee Compares Abortion to Holocaust During GOP Event

Delivering the keynote speech at the Celebrate Life forum in Iowa over the weekend, former Arkansas governor and current Fox News host Mike Huckabee claimed that abortion has become “this incredible Holocaust of our own in America.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Hungarian Conservative Calls for Survey of Jews

A Hungarian politician from the far-right Jobbik party evoked the specter of the Holocaust when he urged authorities to “tally up” the number of Jews in the country, especially those in government, who he said could pose a “national security risk” amid the recent fighting in Gaza.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



Romney’s Bain Discrepancy, Limbaugh’s Thwarted Theory, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital controversy and Maine’s governor making another Nazi comparison.

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Ron Paul’s Social Security Hypocrisy, Jon Stewart Catches Another Fox News Distortion and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a top Obama administration official facing a contempt vote, a new birther conspiracy and “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart takes on Fox News (yet again).

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Upcoming: A Film on Hannah Arendt

German film director Margarethe von Trotta is at work on a film about Hannah Arendt, the 20th century political philosopher who coined the phrase “banality of evil” while reporting on the trial of Nazi officer and Holocaust organizer Adolf Eichmann.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



No Mickey in This ‘Maus’

Art Spiegelman’s “MetaMaus” is a 300-page user’s guide to his own Pulitzer Prize-winning “Maus” (you know, Holocaust-graphic-novel-Jews-as-mice-Nazis-as-cats).

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE    



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The Story of the ‘Iranian Schindler’

When Paris became a Nazi stronghold in World War II, an Iranian diplomat by the name of Abdol-Hossein Sardari used his influence to help more than 2,000 Iranian Jews by making a creative case for their exemption from racial persecution and by issuing hundreds of passports, according to a new book.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Polish Gov’t Launches Auschwitz Probe

The capture and prosecution of Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk in the U.S. earlier this year has prompted the Polish government to launch another hunt for any remaining staff members from Auschwitz who could still be at large.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE



The Examination of Evil

Psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton’s new book is more a professional than a personal memoir. “Witness to an Extreme Century” is structured around the four topics that have occupied him most: thought reform, Hiroshima survivors, Vietnam veterans, and the Nazi doctors.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE



A Conversation With Albert Speer

Psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton, in his memoir “Witness to an Extreme Century,” interviews Albert Speer about his 15 years as a prominent Nazi and “Hitler’s architect.”

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Revisiting the Horror of Nanking

“City of Life and Death,” by the Chinese writer-director Lu Chuan, is the second film about Nanking, and it is a work that aspires to the definitive and almost achieves that status.

Posted on Jun 18, 2011 READ MORE


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Demjanjuk Facing Jail Time for Holocaust Role

It’s taken several decades and a couple of different judicial systems, but Thursday, John Demjanjuk, an American who helped the Nazis murder about 28,000 Jews at a prison camp in Poland during the Holocaust, was finally sentenced to prison.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Recognizing the Language of Tyranny

The corporate state does not have a Politburo or raving dictator, but it shares one aspect with despotic regimes and the collapsed empires that have plagued human history.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE


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