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The New-ish, Jew-ish Economy

REPARATIONS, SUSTAINABILITY, DEMOCRACY by Kate Poole and Jessica Rosenberg Published in the Spring 2017 issue of Jewish Currents.   WHAT ARE our roles and our responsibilities, as Jews, in the economy? Hand in hand with the economic, political, scientific, and agricultural change that we are seeking, we believe that we must also be working towards […]

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Black Lives Matter Today, Not Only Tomorrow

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Problematic Perspective on Racism and Crime by Myriam Miedzian ATLANTIC MAGAZINE national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates is a leading, if not the leading, black spokesperson on racial issues. He recently received a MacArthur (Genius) award, bringing his prestige to a new peak. His ascendancy may be bad news, however, for black Americans. FBI Uniform Crime Reports […]

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January 1: Jews of Haiti

Haiti declared its independence on this date in 1804, after ten years of revolution by former slaves led by Toussaint L’Ouverture (portrayed at right by Jacob Lawrence) had stymied both the French and British military. The uprising brought death or exile to most of Haiti’s small Jewish population, but a few years later, Jewish refugees […]

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How Germany’s Post-Holocaust Redemption Began

by Ralph Seliger Reviewed in this essay: Labyrinth of Lies, a film by Giulio Ricciarelli, written by Elisabeth Bartel and Giulio Ricciarelli. Sony Pictures Classics, 2014, 124 minutes. AT THE DRAMATIC CORE of Labyrinth of Lies — Germany’s nominee for this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film — is a young West German prosecutor, […]

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Why Reparations Now?

Ta-Nehisi Coates Makes “The Case for Reparations” in The Atlantic — But Our Blogger Respectfully Disagrees by Bennett Muraskin SLAVERY ENDED IN 1865. Jim Crow about a century later. Civil rights legislation banned de jure discrimination and anti-poverty and affirmative action programs have provided a degree of remediation. Many government agencies were established to eradicate […]

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February 6: The Inventory

SS chief Heinrich Himmler received an inventory from SS-Obergruppenführer Oswald Pohl on this date in 1943 of the materials taken from Jews in Auschwitz and its satellite camps. Cited items included 155,000 women’s coats, 15,000 children’s coats, 132,000 men’s shirts, 11,000 boys’ jackets, 22,000 pairs of shoes, and 6,600 pounds of women’s hair, enough to […]

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September 10: German Reparations

The Luxembourg reparations agreement between West Germany and Israel was signed on this date in 1952, following lengthy negotiations between Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett and West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and very fierce debate in the young state of Israel. Under the Agreement, West Germany paid reparations for its crimes against the Jewish people […]

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Holocaust Restitution and the Claims Conference

Controversies over Organizational Accountability by Daniel Kadden The reopening of decades-old Holocaust restitution claims has led to unprecedented monetary settlements and a measure of justice for thousands of aged survivors. The renewed push for restitution has also been tainted, however, by conflicts among Jewish organizations and stakeholders over the control of settlement monies — conflicts […]

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