Tag: History

A exhibition reminds us that a place like Auschwitz happens when people don’t care anymore about the distinction between the truth and lies.

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World War I officially ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. Ten million soldiers died. Countless millions of civilians died. Lest we forget.

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The current trend is to remove statues of historical figures because they are “offensive”. Is history so easy to erase? Are people so easy to appease?

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It is never easy to acknowledge horrible truths nor take action to make peace with those you’ve wronged. Germany did it.

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What is it like to be in a siege? We have an inkling of what civilians in Mosul today are experiencing, thanks to diaries and reports of relief workers almost 100 years ago.

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Is there a difference between a fact and the truth? How does context relate to them? Is reconciliation possible without truth? How good a witness are you?

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A simple but profound story of survival during World War II reminded me of the importance of taking care of yourself.

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Filmmaker Luc Besson warns the French they are being scammed by a woman who is changing her public image to get elected: “We are the scammed.”

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April 30 marks the 40th anniversary of the march of the Mothers of the Disappeared. They refuse to allow denial in Argentina.

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A fact used to be something known to exist or to have happened, right? Not so fast. In the 1920s there were also true facts, actual facts, alternative facts, and real whoppers.

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Writing is hard work. To liven it up, I run movies in the theatre of my mind. The people I’m writing about come alive in my head, except they look an awful lot like famous movie stars.

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Paul Simon’s powerful song “The Sound of Silence” is relevant to any time in history. But especially today, we need reminding that silence, like a cancer, grows into ugliness.

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Though born a century apart, with many differences, the similarities between Trump and Talat are scary. So we have to ask: Could they have been separated at birth?

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The kindness of friends is wonderful. The kindness of strangers can be astounding. Together this support can transform lives in unexpected ways, both large and small.

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In many parts of the Western Front of WWI, there were no guns, no killing, on Christmas Eve 1914. It was truly a silent night. A blessed night that renews my faith in humanity.

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The evacuation of innocent civilians is once again delayed. Bombs continue to fall and people continue to die. And we continue to say, Never Again.

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