May 1, 2019
NYTimes Apologizes for Silence During the Holocaust and Antisemitic Cartoon
The New York Times Editorial Board:
In the 1930s and the 1940s, The Times was largely silent as anti-Semitism rose up and bathed the world in blood. That failure still haunts this newspaper. Now, rightly, The Times has declared itself “deeply sorry” for the cartoon and called it “unacceptable.” Apologies are important, but the deeper obligation of The Times is to focus on leading through unblinking journalism and the clear editorial expression of its values.
The New York Times Editorial Board is responsible for writing The Times’s editorials, “which represent the voice of the board, its editor and the publisher.“
New York Times
April 29, 2019
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Holds Annual Days of Remembrance Ceremony
© David H. Enzel, 2019
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum held its annual Days of Remembrance Ceremony at the United States Capitol on April 29, 2019, the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp by the U.S. Army.
It was a moving ceremony. Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh was present and chanted El Maleh Rachamim, a Jewish prayer of remembrance, and the Mourner’s Kaddish. The Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill section was the victim of a brutal antisemitic mass shooting on October 27, 2018.
Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States spoke about the importance of Holocaust remembrance and the recent rise in antisemitism outside Israel. He provided some useful perspective.
March 30, 2019
Yad Vashem Calls for end to ‘divisive anti-Semitic language’
Yad Vashem advertisement in The New York Times and The Washington Post:
We implore all leaders and citizens to refrain from hateful discourse, and to reaffirm the common humanity that binds us together. Divisive anti-Semitic language and distorted Holocaust references voiced by politicians and too many others is deeply troubling.
Yad Vashem is Israel’s official memorial to the Holocaust.
March 30, 2019
Michel Bacos, French Hero Pilot of Jet Hijacked to Entebbe and Nazi Fighter, Dies at 94
The New York Times:
Michel Bacos, the valiant French pilot who was forced by terrorists to fly his jetliner to Entebbe, Uganda, in 1976, but refused to abandon Jewish passengers before an audacious rescue by Israeli commandos, died on Tuesday [March 26, 2019] in Nice, France. He was 94.
Bacos was born in Egypt in 1924, where his father worked at the Suez Canal. He joined the Free French Forces as a teenager during World War II and was stationed in Morocco as a naval aviation officer.
Bacos understood the dangers of fascism. He explained that he fought the Nazis and “knew precisely what fascism was all about. The genocide is a horror that none of us had forgotten.”
March 24, 2019
Israeli Spy Who Led Capture of Eichmann Dies at 92
The New York Times:
Rafi Eitan, the canny Israeli spymaster who commanded the Nazi-hunting team that captured Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and many years later was unmasked as the handler of Jonathan Jay Pollard, the American Navy intelligence analyst who pleaded guilty to passing on more than 1,000 secret documents to the Israelis, died on Saturday in Tel Aviv. He was 92.
The end of an era. May his soul rest in peace.
March 9, 2019
Holocaust Remembrance Project
A January 25, 2019 report rates individual European Union (EU) countries on how honest they are in facing up their Holocaust pasts. The report gives each country a rating of green, yellow or red. For example, Hungary, Poland and Croatia received red cards for revisionism. It is no coincidence that countries rated red are often have nationalist autocratic national governments. Germany, France and Romania are among the countries rated green. And Denmark and Italy are examples of countries the report rates as yellow.
Yale College and Grinnell College helped finance the report. With their support, student researchers traveled throughout Europe during the summer of 2018 preparing reports. Local representatives from the European Union of Progressive Judaism checked their work.
William Echikson of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) led the effort. CEPS is a Brussels think tank focusing on EU affairs. Echikson heads the CEPS Digital Forum. He’s worked at Google and as a foreign correspondent in Europe for a series of publications including the Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and BusinessWeek.
You can read the report online, download the report as a PDF or purchase a version for the Amazon Kindle.
On January 25 2019, the project was presented to an audience which included policymakers, members of the press, and interested colleagues.