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Volkswagen Meets Its Historic Responsibility

Filed in Commentary by on June 12, 2019 0 Comments
Volkswagen Meets Its Historic Responsibility

Having announced that it will join forces with the Anti-Defamation League to fight the rising tide of antisemitism in Europe, Volkswagen, the German car manufacturer, has taken yet another step to make amends for its role in the Holocaust. Last week, Volkswagen said it will fund the operations of an Anti-Defamation League office in Berlin […]

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Visiting A Coffee Plantation In El Salvador

Filed in Travel by on May 27, 2019 0 Comments
Visiting A Coffee Plantation In El Salvador

As you savor a full-bodied cup of espresso coffee in your home or in a cafe, spare a thought for El Salvador. Ranked 11th among 55 coffee-producing nations and accounting for two percent of world production, El Salvador — the smallest republic in Central America — is synonymous with that crop.¬†First cultivated in El Salvador […]

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Photograph: A Poignant Bollywood Movie

Filed in Film by on May 27, 2019 0 Comments
Photograph: A Poignant Bollywood Movie

Ritesh Batra’s unassuming, poignant and likeable Bollywood film, Photograph, which opens in Canada on May 31, conjures up what might have been a successful romantic relationship in a better world. Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) ekes out a living as an itinerant photographer in Mumbai’s Gateway to India tourist attraction. He seeks out new customers by promising […]

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The Rise And Fall Of John DeLorean

Filed in Film by on May 27, 2019 0 Comments
The Rise And Fall Of John DeLorean

Call him what you will — a con man or a visionary, a winner or a loser. John DeLorean was all these things, a riddle wrapped in an enigma. A brilliant automotive engineer who was on a trajectory to becoming the president of General Motors, the world’s biggest car manufacturer, he was the creator of […]

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City On A Hilltop

Filed in Books by on May 26, 2019 0 Comments
City On A Hilltop

Of the roughly 400,000 Jews who’ve settled in the occupied territories since the 1967 Six Day War, approximately 60,000 are originally from the United States. These settlers have played an outsized role in establishing settlements beyond the old Green Line. Sara Yael Hirschhorn, a specialist in Israeli studies at Oxford University, zeroes in on this […]

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Poland Needs To Pass Restitution Legislation

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on May 25, 2019 0 Comments
Poland Needs To Pass Restitution Legislation

The Polish government has finally come clean with the truth. Poland, having agreed to compensate Polish Jews who lost their properties during the Nazi and Communist interregnums, has now officially rejected such a plan of action. Several days ago, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki vowed that his country would never pay restitution to Jewish families […]

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Peace Now Director Urges Israel To Change Course

Filed in Middle East by on May 23, 2019 0 Comments
Peace Now Director Urges Israel To Change Course

The executive director of Peace Now, Shaqued Morag, was in Toronto recently as the guest of Canadian Friends of Peace Now to discuss the prospects of a peaceful resolution of Israel’s long-running conflict with the Palestinians. I asked her several questions about the current situation, and here is a record of our exchange. 1. What […]

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Trump Versus Khamenei

Filed in Middle East by on May 22, 2019 0 Comments
Trump Versus Khamenei

Is a new war brewing in the Middle East? Judging by the events of the past two weeks, the United States and Iran could be on a military collision course sooner or later if cooler heads on both sides do not prevail. Yesterday, however, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Defence Secretary Patrick […]

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Roads Taken: The Jewish Peddler

Filed in Books by on May 20, 2019 0 Comments
Roads Taken: The Jewish Peddler

For about two centuries, from the late 1700s to the 1920s, the itinerant Jewish peddler was a perennial fixture in mostly rural landscapes around the globe. Weighed down by a pack on his back, or steering a horse-drawn cart crammed with trinkets and household products, he went house to house, farm to farm, mining camp […]

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Hitler’s Holocaust Railways

Filed in Television by on May 18, 2019 0 Comments
Hitler’s Holocaust Railways

Chris Tarrant, the host of Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways, embarks on a harrowing journey in his latest episode, Hitler’s Holocaust Railways, which was broadcast on the PBS television network earlier this month. A¬†British train enthusiast, he discusses the role of trains in the Holocaust, travels to places like Terezin (Theresienstadt), Auschwitz-Birkenau and Lodz, and talks […]

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