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The Holocaust: Antisemitism Perfected

The Holocaust: Antisemitism Perfected

In teaching the Holocaust, one question I encounter is a stumper: Why has antisemitism lasted so long? The earliest slurs against Jews dates back to the 3rd century BCE and graffiti on the walls of cities such as Alexandria. The New Testament authors certainly fueled...

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The Holocaust: Teaching the Roots of Hate

The Holocaust: Teaching the Roots of Hate

In 1982 I was approached by a human rights organization to run a program to introduce the Holocaust to high school and college curricula. I knew a bit about the Holocaust, having lived in both Germany and Israel, but I was hardly a scholar. So I immersed myself in the...

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Editing Yourself (And Other Myths)

Editing Yourself (And Other Myths)

When I’m sick, I go see a doctor. When my car makes a funny noise, I take it to a garage. Butwhen it comes to my writing, which I often care more about than my body or car, I edit myself.After all, who knows me and my work better than me? Quick quiz: find the fallacy...

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The Name Game

The Name Game

Naming, whether it’s your kids, your company, or your novel, is a tricky thing. For example, if we’d had children in our 20s, a boy would have (cleverly and ironically) been named Shemp (the much underappreciated fourth Stooge) and a daughter would have been named...

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Is Trump Our Hitler?

Is Trump Our Hitler?

In 2015, when it was becoming clear that the Trump phenomenon had more legs than anyone could imagine, I found myself receiving emails from past students of my Holocaust seminar asking me to weigh in on the topic. Specifically, they wanted me to track and speak out on...

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Left For Alive

Two brothers and their ex-con cohorts are investigated at every turn by press and police. Their violent mysteries start to unravel, until a final revelation gives one brother a new life while ending the life of the other.