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Charles E. Savenor
Nov 11, 2018, 8:07 PM
The Sting of Projectile Prejudice
As spring dawned on suburban Boston in the early 1980s, I rolled down the window to enjoy the fresh air. Waiting at a stop light on Route 9, I believed something had hit my mother’s car. I heard a...
Nov 11, 2018, 7:40 AM
80 years after Kristallnacht: on Pittsburgh and populism
When I think of Kristallnacht, I think about my grandmother. She once showed me a letter that she'd kept, informing her of her dismissal from work. It simply stated that, as a Jew, she could no longer be employed by...
Nov 11, 2018, 7:35 AM
The hidden meaning
Mothers, fathers, children, friends…when we see each other for what is below any label, it bridges us, allows human beings to see a person behind one they would hate when they only look at the cover. Yet Jews through...
Nov 10, 2018, 8:57 PM
Sharp rise in anti-Semitism on “Kristallnacht” 80th Anniversary
On a dark night in November 9, 1938, the Nazis murdered several hundred Jews, burned 1,400 synagogues across Germany and Austria, destroyed Jewish homes and businesses, and vandalized Jewish hospitals, orphanages and cemeteries. 1,000s of Jewish men, women and...
Nov 10, 2018, 10:30 AM
Jewish Liberalism, FDR and the Holocaust
Essayist Milton Himmelfarb famously observed after the 1968 elections “Jews earn like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans.” His daughter, Professor Martha Himmelfarb, explained he was responding to some on the left who speciously claimed Jews had shifted from...
Nov 9, 2018, 11:13 AM
From Kristallnacht to Pittsburgh, we must continue confronting hatred
Eighty years ago, Jewish communities throughout Germany and Nazi-occupied territories faced a night of terror instigated and carried out by the state and its agencies. As the sun rose on the morning of November 10th1938, those who woke in their...
Nov 8, 2018, 8:11 PM
What We Should Really ‘Never Forget’
On this 79th anniversary of Kristallnacht, my thoughts turn to what does it mean to be Jewish today? In 1945, it’s estimated that there were 11 million Jews left in the world, out of a total world population of...
Nov 8, 2018, 6:49 PM
Kristallnacht and other break-the-glass moments
After yesterday's firing of Jeff Sessions, Senator Richard Blumenthal tweeted: This is a break the glass moment. Replacing the Attorney General with a non-Senate-confirmed political staffer is highly irregular & unacceptable. Protecting the Special Counsel investigation is more urgent than...
Nov 8, 2018, 6:32 PM
A Kristallnacht lesson
Hitler read the world's silence after the 1936 atrocity as a green light to carry out his murderous plans
Nov 8, 2018, 2:08 PM
What’s your name?: From the Western Front to Pittsburgh
Let the defiance of our hope counter the culture of hatred, let the audacity of our courage quell the contempt of the cruel