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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


September 24, 2020 5:52 am
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The Yom Kippur Sermon That Rabbi Stephen Wise Didn’t Give

Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, the most prominent American Jewish leader of the 1930s and 1940s, was a renowned orator who did not shy away from...

July 31, 2020 8:54 am
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Some Other Prominent Jews Who Resigned in Protest

With her recent resignation from The New York Times, Bari Weiss joined a small but distinguished group of American Jews who have resigned in protest...

May 26, 2020 6:21 am
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The Problem With Trump and Henry Ford’s ‘Good Bloodlines’

President Trump’s recent remark about Henry Ford’s “good bloodlines” has aroused curiosity and controversy. Trump actually is not the first president to subscribe to the...

April 14, 2020 5:55 am
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Despite COVID-19, Syrian Atrocities Still Matter

At a time when a deadly virus is ravaging the globe, the atrocities committed in recent years by the Syrian government might seem to pale...

January 27, 2020 9:24 am
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Bombing Auschwitz

The new BBC documentary about the question of bombing Auschwitz deserves an award -- for creative fiction. Through omissions, distortions, and “reenactments” of conversations with...

December 19, 2019 9:13 am
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Why FDR Turned Away Jewish Students

A recent New York Times article told the poignant story of an unlikely romance between two prisoners in Auschwitz. Buried deep within the full-page feature about...

October 25, 2019 10:52 am
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Amid NBA-China Uproar, Remembering When Jews Mixed Sports and Politics

The growing relationship between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the government of China has become a source of controversy. One NBA team’s general manager...

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...

Culture

South African Song Paying Tribute to Jerusalem Sparks Viral Dance Challenge

An upbeat gospel-inspired tune from South Africa that pays tribute to the city...

Chassidic Singer to Help Raise Awareness of COVID-19 in Religious Communities

JNS.org - The Trump administration has recruited a Chassidic singer to help raise...

Features

Young Global Jewry at Forefront of Fight Against COVID-19

Masa Israel Journey, a leader in immersive international experiences in Israel founded by the Jewish Agency and government of Israel,...

Checking in on COVID-19 and Jewish Seniors

JNS.org - As America’s battle with the novel coronavirus has raged on, America’s Jewish community has suffered its share of...

Celebrating the Banai Family and the History of Israel in Jerusalem

JNS.org - Museums are in crisis all over the world due to the...

World

Uruguay Foreign Ministry Official Booted From Post Following ‘Erroneo...

The director-general of Uruguay's Foreign Ministry was replaced in his post on Tuesday after the country's Foreign Minister acknowledged that...

Israel

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University Develop a Device That Predicts Epilept...

CTech - Researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have developed a new wearable device that can predict...

Middle East

UAE Plans to Launch Unmanned Spacecraft to Moon by 2024

JNS.org - The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced plans to send an unmanned rover on the moon by 2024. Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tweeted: “The rover...

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