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Is It Legitimate to Use the Phrase “Fundamentalist Atheist”?

In support of the claim that “fundamentalist atheist” has at least some descriptive value, it should be noted that Stephen Gould used a similar phrase in his early disputes with evolutionary psychologists who imagined a reductive Darwinian “just so” story accounting … Continue reading

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U.S. Holocaust Museum Rifleman James W. von Brunn: Portrait of the Artist as a Nostalgic Fascist?

U.S. Holocaust Museum rifleman, James W. von Brunn, is not only like Adolf Hitler in that he wrote a long and paranoid Antisemitic screed. Brunn is also a painter devoted to the recovery of “realism” in art (as Hitler was). Below is one of Brunn’s paintings … Continue reading

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Irony, Contingency, Solidarity: It’s Not Easy Being Green—Especially in Iran

Perhaps you’ve noticed that Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was opposed in the recent election by a man with rather bold and outspoken followers who had a particular fondness for green. In fact, you may have observed that there’s a lot of … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Salon Asks Barack Obama’s Great Uncle About His Role in the Liberation of Ohrdruf Camp During World War II

Salon recently interviewed Barack Obama’s 84 year old great uncle, Charles Payne. Obama’s uncle, a veteran of World War II, helped to liberate Ohrdruf, a subcamp of Buchenwald. Here’s the part of the interview in which he describes what he witnessed … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: John Heartfield’s Art Depicted the Murderous Nature of Hitler’s Nazi State

A German born opponent of Nazi Germany, John Heartfield’s political art parodied the pretensions of Hitler’s regime and deconstructed its murderous nature. Below is a man set on a medieval wheel of torture turned into a swastika: More John Heartfield images here. … Continue reading

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“You’re no Republican at all, based upon what the hell you’ve said here!”: A Marine Caller to Rush Limbaugh’s Program Opposes Torture, and Authoritarian Limbaugh Calls Him NOT A REPUBLICAN

Apparently, support of torture goes with being a Republican these days. A Republican veteran of the Marines tells Rush Limbaugh that Americans shouldn’t torture, and implies that there’s something emotionally wrong with anyone who would be so sick as to advocate torture, and Limbaugh shuts … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Catholic Priests in Nazi Salute

Centuries of Christian antisemitism helped lay the groundwork for the emergence of 20th century racial antisemitism, and many German Christians perceived no conflict between Christianity and their association with the Nazi Party. Below are two Catholic priests in Nazi salute alongside Wilhelm Frick and … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: A Survivor of Bergen-Belsen Starts Life Anew in Costa Rica

According to the U.S. Holocaust Museum photo archive, the woman seated at the right was liberated from Bergen-Belsen in 1945 and immigrated to Costa Rica. She was the only survivor of a family that had seven children. The photo above was taken … Continue reading

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Onward Christian Fascists? An Example of Christian and Fascist Syncretism in Nazi Germany, May, 1936

At the U.S. Holocaust Museum photo archive is a sobering front page of the anti-Semitic newspaper, Der Stuermer, from May, 1936, in which Christianity and fascist messages are blended. Here’s the Holocaust Museum’s catalog description of the image: Front page of the … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: A Color Photo, Made by an American Soldier in 1945, of Prisoner Clothing Hung Before the Crematoria Doors at Dachau

The photograph was taken by American Colonel Alexander Zabin in May, 1945. According to the U.S Holocaust Museum archive description of the photo, Col. Zabin “had landed in Normandy on the day after D-day and moved with the Third Army … Continue reading

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Ideas Have Consequences—and So Does the Misreading of Ideas: Ricky Gervais on Hitler Reading Nietzsche

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Registration Certificate for a Girl Who Was Part of the Kindertransport to England, 1939

Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum archives 10,000 Jewish children—without their parents—were sent to England to escape the Nazis. In these kindertransports, imagine, if it is possible, the heart-wrenching moment of separation between each parent and each child. It is enough to … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: A Dresden Boy Reads an Anti-Semitic Newspaper (1937)

A boy in Dresden reads Der Stuermer, an anti-Semitic newspaper. The slogan at the bottom of the display box reads: “The Jews are our misfortune.” Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum photo archive.

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Jews in Dresden Before the War (1934-35)

The portrait depicts members of the Guttmann and Aisenscharf families. Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum photo archives.

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Moral Equivelence?: The Nazi Holocaust v. The Allied “Bomb Holocaust”

Neo-Nazis, every February 14th, turn the anniversary of Dresden’s bombing (in which approximately 25,000 residents died) into an anti-Semitic “cause celebre” for Holocaust-equivalence, claiming (contrary to contemporary historians’ best estimates) that “hundreds of thousands” died in Allied bombing there. According to Der Spiegel, … Continue reading

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Question of the Day: What is the Origin of the Yellow “Star of David” That the Nazis Required Jews to Wear at the Time of the Holocaust?

Answer: The yellow patch, or yellow “star of David”, set upon the clothing as a marker of Jewish identity, has its origins, not in 20th century anti-Semitism, but in 13th century Christian anti-Semitism. In 1215 Pope Innocent III decreed that … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Mass Grave at Bergen-Belsen

Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum photo archive

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: An American Soldier Poses in Front of a Dachau Train Car with Corpses, 1945

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: American Major Frank Ankner Takes the Pulse of a Female Death March Survivor

Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum photo archive. May 8, 1945 (in Czechoslovakia):

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: 280,000 to 380,000 Jews Dead or Deported from Romania

In December of 2008, Der Spiegel quoted a historian on Romania and the Holocaust: “Once they had gotten a taste of the license which prevailed in the first days of the war (among the Germans),” writes Avigdor Shachan, a witness … Continue reading

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