American Jews Line Up Against the Trump Ban

by Ron Skolnik WITH NOT MUCH to smile about since Inauguration Day, it has been heartening to see the nearly undivided reaction of the American Jewish community to Donald Trump’s January 27 Executive Order (EO) on immigration and refugee admission – widely considered to constitute a Muslim ban. With one or two glaring exceptions — […]

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Resisting Authority

A Personal Account of the Milgram Obedience Experiments by Joe Dimow WHEN IS IT PROPER to refuse to obey authority figures, even if they have been democratically chosen for their positions? In 1961, I participated in a famous experimental study about obedience and authority — although I and other participants were led to believe it […]

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Resistance Is the Lesson

Why So Few, So Late? by Morris U. Schappes From the Autumn 2015 special issue of Jewish Currents on the theme, “Honoring the Jewish Resistance.” Originally published in 1948. THE DATE of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising — Passover, 1943 — will be the occasion for exercises of commemoration wherever Jews live and wherever heroism in […]

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Sight & Fog

by Nicholas Jahr This past February and March, editorial board member Nicholas Jahr took his first trip to Israel, and made several visits to the West Bank. What follows are his reflections on his time there. — Ed.   Prelude with Flute . . . . Aeroport Mohammed Cinq, Morocco. We pass through security to […]

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September 17: Rita Rosani, Partisan Fighter

Rita Rosani, a 24-year-old teacher in a Jewish school in Trieste, Italy, was killed fighting German soldiers on this date in 1944, after surviving several military engagements in the Verona area. She hailed from Czechoslovakia (Rosental was the original name) and led a small squad of four that grew to fifteen after several battles. After […]

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March 25: Doctors Strike Against Nazism

More than 6,200 Dutch physicians, 97 percent of the country’s doctors, went on strike against the Nazi-created Chamber of Physicians on this date in 1943. Mandatory registration with this newly formed guild would have forced the physicians to follow Nazi guidelines for racial screening and “euthenasia” for the handicapped and mentally challenged. Hundreds of the […]

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October 17: Sabotage amid Holocaust

A Jewish partisan group led by Abba Kovner blew up two bridges and two train engines in the Vilna region on this date in 1943. “Jews formed armed resistance groups only after they realized there was no possible escape from the Nazis’ aim of total annihilation,” writes Shmuel Krakowski in the YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews […]

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April 7: Escape from Auschwitz

Two inmates at Auschwitz escaped on this date in 1944 with the help of the camp’s underground to tell the world about the murder of Hungarian Jews that was then transpiring by the tens of thousands. Rudolf Vrba (Walter Rosenberg) and Alfred Wetzler dictated thirty-two pages of detailed information to Jewish communal officials in Slovakia, […]

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