In Case You Forgot To Remember
Some post-Yom HaShoah reading
Yesterday was the day we learned Osama bin Laden was killed. It was also the 66th anniversary of the day the world learned Adolph Hitler was dead and anniversaries of, um, several other things. And it was also Yom HaShoah—the day when we commemorate the Holocaust. Here is some reading to help you remember if you lagged yesterday:
• More than one-fourth of the more than 200,000 survivors in Israel live below the poverty line. [Ynet]
• Edward Rothstein has a brilliant essay, on the occasion of a visit to Los Angeles’s Museum of Tolerance, on the intellectual flimsiness of connecting the Holocaust to other “issues,” or even to other genocides. [NYT]
• In a speech not apparently timed to Yom HaShoah, on Saturday Rep. Michele Bachmann, a putative Republican presidential candidate, compared America’s debt crisis to the Holocaust (though she disclaimed that her analogy was, in fact, “no analogy,” so, phew!). [JTA]
•Moshe Landau, a former president of the Israeli Supreme Court who presided over the Eichmann Trial, died, fittingly, on Sunday, at 99. [JPost]
• In a speech at Yad Vashem, Prime Minister Netanyahu argued that not enough of the rest of the world has fully learned the lessons of the Holocaust. [JPost]
• Friend-of-The-Scroll Rabbi Andy Bachman found a swastika keyed into his car parked in Park Slope, Brooklyn; he reflects on it. [Water Over Rocks]
• John Demjanjuk, 91, will likely be the last living person held accountable for Holocaust-related crimes. [JPost]
• All about “Gathering the Fragments,” a Yad Vashem initiative to collect survivors’ artifacts. [AP/WP]
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at email@example.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.