Antisemitism existed in Poland before, during, and after the Holocaust, just as it did in many other countries in Europe. That’s a fact. That’s indisputable. However you define ‘complicity’ – reporting Jews in hiding, killing Jews, settling into the homes of deported Jews and auctioning off their possessions – it happened. To suggest that Auschwitz-Birkenau had Polish ‘roots’, however, is misleading and unjustified.
She adds that the Museum operates in a challenging political environment and, in her view, is doing its best to navigate those waters in a responsible way:
Auschwitz Museum is a State Museum which receives a significant portion of its funding from governmental organisations (last year, 24% of the Museum’s budget was derived from Ministry of Culture and Heritage funds). If the Museum were to speak out against the current ‘Holocaust law’ – however far-fetched it is – what then? What would happen to this funding, which is needed to preserve the Museum and ensure that people from all over the world can still visit safely? (footnote omitted)
This strikes me as a useful perspective on what has become a highly charged issue.
In this podcast Dr. Houghton interviews David Kennedy, Curator of Collections and Exhibits at U. S. Marshals Museum, Inc. in Arkansas, David Turk, U.S. Marshals Historian, and Howard Safir, who headed up the Witness Protection Program for the Marshals service.
In the immediate postwar period, Mengele was in US custody but was released because US officials did not know he was wanted as a war criminal. In this podcast, the three people interviewed explain that the United States government — at the request of then Senator Al D’Amato — sought to locate and apprehend Mengele. However, their efforts were unsuccessful.
With Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s decision on Friday to call for new elections, Vox, which got its election breakthrough in El Ejido, will now have a chance to test its appeal on a national stage. Its entry will break a taboo for Spain, which until now has resisted the pull of far-right nationalism alive in much of Europe.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/02/16/world/europe/spain-elections-vox-far-right.html
to create pants equally comfortable for biking to work, presenting to a client, and wrestling on the grass in Central Park. And when all that was done, I wanted to throw them in my drawer to be worn again – without ironing or doing laundry.
Loble succeeded. These pants are really wash and wear. Wash them in the washing machine and then pop them in the dryer. They come out nearly wrinkle free and pretty much stay that way. You can also wash them in a hotel sink and they will dry pretty fast. I try to give them a full day to dry out. After 24 hours, I am sure they will be completely dry.
BluffWorks offers several different models of pants. I prefer the “Original Pants.” The pants look very presentable — almost like wool. You can wear them in casual settings or dress them up with a nice shirt and a sweater or a blazer and walk into a nice restaurant and look fine.
The pants have two zippered pockets: One pocket is hidden in the left front pocket and is large enough to hold a passport. The other zippered pocket is in the back and sized for a good size travel wallet. The pants are available in two fits – regular and relaxed. I wear the regular. I think the pants look best in Charcoal Gray. I also like them in Navy. I am not fond of the Khaki color, which I think is too light.
BluffWorks travel pants have been reviewed on the Snarky Nomad website. Eytan Levy, the author of that website, prefers the Chinos because the fabric is stretchy. I think the Originals look more natural. Both are worth checking out. You might order both and return the the ones you don’t prefer. SnarkyNomad also has travel tips relating to money, safety and packing.
Bluff Works pants are everything they are advertised to be. They are enjoyable to wear whether or not you are traveling.
I’d rather not shoot with the same cameras forever. I like to try new stuff. I want to see if there’s really a difference in dynamic range with new sensors. I like the live view of current mirrorless cameras. I like EVFs better than optical finders (oh! the Heresy!!! Burn him. He must be a witch) and I like being able to inveigle my clients into paying me more money for a bit of video programming on the side.
— Read on visualsciencelab.blogspot.com/2019/02/mr-robert-roaldi-suggested-might-be-fun.html
Micro.blog is “a network of independent microblogs. Short posts like tweets but on your own web site that you control.” For $5 a month the service will host your micro.blog. You can use your own domain if you wish. You can export your data anytime you want. There is no advertising. For an additional $5 a month you can also use the platform to distribute short podcasts.
I have tried Micro.blog for blogging and to me it’s like a cross between Twitter and WordPress. Although a micro.blog post can be as long as you like the service is best suited for short posts like Twitter. Micro.blog has a timeline, much like Twitter. I don’t know the size of the community but it seems small and friendly. The population is mainly male and tech oriented. The timeline loads slowly compared with Twitter and I had difficulty finding interesting accounts to follow. In contrast, on Twitter, I find lots of interesting accounts to follow.
Micro.blog distinguishes itself from Twitter in part because you get to own your own data. One developer — Belle Cooper — recently left micro.blog disputing this. Belle explains that the whole business model of Micro.blog is based on users not owning their content:
You might be able to own your domain name, but if you have a hosted Micro.blog blog, the content itself is hosted on Micro.blog servers, not yours. You can export your data, or use an RSS feed to auto-post it to somewhere you control directly, but if you’re not hosting the content yourself, how does having a custom domain equal self-hosting your content and truly owning it?
I think Belle is right about this. I have a hard time seeing how Micro.blog is any different from Squarespace or any other closed-source platform where you post your content and later can export your posts anytime you want. I really wouldn’t put WordPress in the same camp as it is open source.
In the end, I decided with reluctance to leave Micro.blog and to focus on WordPress, which has a large community and many options for customizing your content.
Sam Goldman, assistant professor of political science and executive director at the Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom at George Washington University, writing in The Washington Post:
History suggests that the United States’ sustained and often enthusiastic support for Zionism and the State of Israel is not a product of Jewish influence. On the contrary, it is primarily the result of arguments and organization undertaken by, for, and among gentiles.
Superhuman powers are often unfairly ascribed to Jewish Americans. Yet Jews amount to less than two percent of the country’s total population. What’s more, it’s not “all about the Benjamins baby 🎶.” When it comes to political science, Morris Ogul, the late chair of the University of Pittsburgh political science department, taught wisely that single factor analysis just doesn’t cut it.
Deborah Lipstadt of Emory College has written a helpful new book chronicling the myriad forms of antisemitism. This is useful and necessary but not especially uplifting.
In the book’s final chapter — Celebrating the Good in the Face of the Bad — Lipstadt cautions the reader not to focus on the negative. She explains (p. 241) that Jewish culture and history — not antisemitism — form the foundation of who she is. Antisemitism is not the linchpin of her identity because Jewish tradition (p. 242) “is far too valuable to be tossed aside and replaced with a singular concentration on the fight against hatred.”
This is a wonderful and important reminder especially for secular Jews.
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 often have nationalist autocratic 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.