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Romania faces Holocaust history

Romania faces Holocaust history

BUCHAREST — Touring the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005, Romanian President Traian Basescu was unprepared to confront some painful truths.

Facing a photograph showing pro-Nazi Romanian troops offloading their Jewish countrymen from cargo trains, Basescu was shocked and saddened.

For decades, his country’s educational system had obscured the truth of Romanian complicity in the deaths of their Jewish countrymen.

Now here he was in Washington seeing hard evidence to the contrary.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:09 )

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A close aide to Sharon remembers

A close aide to Sharon remembersIN January, 1985, as a colonel in the Israeli Air Force, I was running a course for high-ranking officers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), focused on lessons from Israel’s wars. One of the case studies to be discussed was the battle of Um-Katef/Abu-Ageila, in the Six Day War, when the division of Gen. Ariel Sharon broke the backbone of the Egyptian army and enabled the breakthrough into Sinai, thus paving the way to Israel’s great land victory. This highly complex combined operation, ex...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:12 )

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A stroke; a decade

A stroke; a decadeTWELVE years ago on January 11, 2002, Rabbi Sandra Cohen suffered a terrifying stroke at age 34 — but you’d never know it looking at her now. Soft spoken, articulate and smart as a whip, she nails imponderables in one or two lines. The physically fit Cohen who ran 50 miles a week and who led powerful High Holiday services is a memory. Lingering complications such as migraines, vertigo and depleted energy curtail her freedom. Yet a tranquility born of lengthy reflection radiates like the wi...
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Focus on mental illness

Focus on mental illnessHUNDREDS of people turned out to express an interest in mental illness in the Jewish community, attending the inaugural event of Areivim Taskforce Denver, Jan. 5, at Zera Abraham. “Areivim” is Hebrew for “guarantors” or “those who take responsibility,” and is the name of an organization in New York that deals with mental illness and other problems in Jewish families. The Areivim organization in New York has worked with leaders in Denver to establish the local task force, which it h...
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Edgar Bronfman flexed muscles for Jewish causes

Edgar Bronfman flexed muscles for Jewish causesNEW YORK — In 1992, Edgar Bronfman was preparing to leave North America for Paris for his first meeting with then-French President Francois Mitterand at the Elysee Palace when at the last minute Bronfman decided he wanted to take an unexpected meeting in Geneva instead. So he asked Serge Cwajgenbaum, Bronfman’s right-hand man in Europe, to phone the palace and ask to reschedule. The Elysee secretary, Hubert Vendrine, exploded. “He asked me who Edgar Bronfman thinks he is to move around a...
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