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  • Israeli education crisis!

    Quick, convene a conference, someone is falling down on the job: “Israeli Teens Don’t Fear Another Holocaust.” Oh, false alarm. According to the new ADL survey in question, a majority of Israeli teens do think their country is under “serious threat” of destruction. Here’s the full press release: Jerusalem, April 30, 2008 … On the… More ▸

  • Ben Stein’s anti-evolution film raises hackles

    Did Darwin’s theory of evolution provoke the Holocaust? That’s the claim being advanced by actor/economist Ben Stein in his new film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Called “one of the sleaziest documentaries to arrive in a very long time” by the New York Times, the film, which debuted last week to dismal modest* box office response,… More ▸

  • The almost Olympic boycott of 1936

    ESPN looks back at the almost-successful attempt to get the United States to boycott the 1936 Berlin Olympics: Seventy-two years ago this summer, Hitler’s Germany played host to the Games of the Eleventh Olympiad in Berlin. The games are now best remembered for the brilliance of Jesse Owens – who won four gold medals –… More ▸

  • The other Frank girl

    The New Jersey Jewish News reports on a new musical comedy that looks at life in the annex from the perspective of Anne Frank’s little sister. (What’s next – “Long Night,” a comic romp on Auschwitz from the perspective of an inmate having to listen to Elie Wiesel moralize all the time?): What if Margot,… More ▸

  • Hitler the architect

    The Times of London examines challenge of tastefully examining and displaying Hitler’s vision of Berlin as a city full of bloated marble architecture, capital of the Nazi-run world: For decades his plans were regarded as so crazed that they were confined to specialist books and institutes. Yesterday the taboo was broken. Peer Steinbrück, the German… More ▸

  • Photo of Anne Frank’s ‘true love’ surfaces

    Reuters reports that a photograph of the boy with the “beautiful brown eyes” who Anne Frank described as her “one true love” is set to go on display in Amsterdam. The photo of Peter Schiff was donated to the Anne Frank museum by his former childhood friend Ernst Michaelis who realized after rereading Anne’s diary… More ▸

  • From skinhead to skullcap

    Anshel Pfeffer has a story in Ha’aretz about Pinchads Zlotosvsky, 32, a Polish skinhead who became a fervently Orthodox Jew after learning of his Jewish roots. The transition in Zlotosvsky’s life occurred after his mother told him she comes from a Jewish family. Her parents, she said, sent her to a monastery when she was… More ▸

  • The Academy Award for Chutzpah goes to … the Academy

    Okay, it’s true that I haven’t seen any of this year’s nominees for best foreign-language film. Maybe “The Counterfeiters” was the best of the bunch. Still, on principle, it bugs me: Israel finally has a great chance to win its first Oscar (for “Beaufort”) – and loses to an Austrian picture about the Holocaust!?! To… More ▸