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Benghabrit: The Muslim Rector who saved Jews from the Gestapo

Benghabrit

by Susan Cahill The Grand Mosque of Paris was built between 1922 and 1926 to symbolize the eternal friendship between France and Islam. It was also meant to express gratitude to the half-million Muslims of the French Empire’s North African

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Posted in Contemporary History

A Judenrat’s Financial Triumph Over the Gestapo

by Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat It was March 1941. Nearly a year had passed since I had been born, and despite my parents’ continued optimism, conditions were getting worse, not better. Still, Żarki remained an open ghetto and,

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Posted in Military History

Life Inside the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp

Theresienstadt

by David Cesarani Until the mass eviction of German Jews to Theresienstadt, the ghetto-camp had a predominantly Czech Jewish character. At the end of 1941 it accommodated 7,545 Jews from Prague and Brno. Over the next six months 26,524 Jews

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

Elie Wiesel: Night

Elie Wiesel

Preface to Night by Elie Wiesel If in my lifetime I was to write only one book, this would be the one. Just as the past lingers in the present, all my writings after Night, including those that deal with

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Ben Mankiewicz: “If Your Last Name Is Mankiewicz”

by Ben Mankiewicz Writing about my father should be easy. But it isn’t. Writing is supposed to be a breeze if your last name is Mankiewicz. We have a long history of being clever. My grandfather Herman Mankiewicz wrote Citizen

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