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Dr. Rafael Medoff is Founding Director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, and author of more than 20 books about Jewish history, Zionism, and the Holocaust.

ARTICLES BY: Rafael Medoff


June 20, 2019 6:22 am
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There Is No Dachau in Texas

You wouldn’t think it would be necessary, in this day and age, to explain to a member of the US House of Representatives that there...

December 24, 2018 11:14 am
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When Jewish Politics Trumped Holocaust Rescue

In view of recent discussions about ethical lapses among today’s American Jewish leaders, it’s worth recalling a troubling episode 75 years ago this autumn when...

November 12, 2018 10:37 am
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FDR Gets Credit for His Response to Kristallnacht — He Shouldn’t

This week marks the 80th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom in Nazi Germany. How is it that even after eight decades, some new museum exhibits,...

September 17, 2018 10:01 am
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The Yom Kippur Holocaust Protest: The Day the Rabbis Marched

In an era that has seen more than 400,000 people take part in a Women’s March on Washington, it may not sound very impressive that...

September 6, 2018 9:57 am
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It Can Be Done: Rosh Hashanah and the Rescue of Denmark’s Jews

As the final minutes of Rosh Hashanah ticked away, 13 year-old Leo Goldberger was hiding, along with his parents and three brothers, in the thick brush...

April 17, 2018 8:21 am
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The US Holocaust Museum Vs. Elie Wiesel

A staff historian at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is suggesting, incredibly, that the Roosevelt administration was right to refuse to bomb Auschwitz. The late...

November 13, 2017 5:57 pm
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Qatar, Like Arafat, Finds a Few Jewish Friends

The controversial invitation to officials of several American Jewish organizations to visit the Gulf kingdom of Qatar follows the historical pattern of dictators trying to...

October 27, 2017 3:01 pm
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Why Do Zionists Celebrate Unfulfilled Promises?

In the coming weeks, numerous Jewish organizations and institutions will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, and the 50th anniversary of the United...

October 25, 2017 1:59 pm
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Let’s Look at FDR’s Record Truthfully

The upcoming 75th anniversary of Operation Torch -- the Allies’ liberation of North Africa -- has triggered discussions about the restrictions that the Roosevelt administration imposed on Jews living...

October 9, 2017 1:46 pm
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Why They Keep Leaving Jews Out of the Holocaust

The Canadian government has announced that it will correct a memorial plaque at its new National Holocaust Monument, which spoke of the “millions of men,...

September 25, 2017 2:56 pm
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Rosh Hashanah, FDR and Nazi Germany

On Rosh Hashanah, one of the most prominent rabbis in the United States devoted his sermon to condemning the president of the United States, over...

June 20, 2017 11:07 am
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Einstein TV Show Distorts Jewish Refugee Issue

Albert Einstein was one of the greatest scientists of all time. His contributions to physics revolutionized our understanding of the universe. A current television series based...

March 6, 2017 8:13 am
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Antisemitism Isn’t Caused by the Political Left or Right

The recent attacks against the Jewish community have revealed a surprising abundance of self-proclaimed experts on the causes of antisemitism. For example, a Jewish ex-New York Times reporter,...

January 16, 2017 10:45 am
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How Zionists Helped Destroy Segregation in Baltimore

After a year when Jewish and African-American relations were strained by the Black Lives Matter's denunciation of Israel and other uncomfortable incidents, it’s worth recalling a little-known episode...

Features

Saluting One of the Last Living Heroes of Israel’s Fight for Independence

JNS.org - When Harold “Smoky” Simon grins at you, it’s hard to remember...

Sukkot: A Jewish Thanksgiving

JNS.org - Sukkot is akin to a Jewish Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving in America, no matter their religion or background, families...

World

US Jewish, Pro-Israel Groups Mourn Sudden Death of Civil Rights Icon Elijah...

Many American Jewish and pro-Israel groups expressed condolences on Thursday over the sudden death of US Congressman Elijah Cummings. In a...

Israel

After Latest Unity Offer Rejected, Israeli Coalition Talks Remain Stalemate...

After a day of speculation, Israel’s centrist Blue and White party rejected a unity government proposal from Prime Minister Benjamin...

Middle East

Gaza’s Growing Pet Population Stretches Scant Vet Resources

Palestinians in Gaza are increasingly turning to domestic pets for emotional comfort from the harsh realities of the economically-depressed enclave but the growing animal population is stretching ill-equipped veterinarian facilities. Some...

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