Holocaust Museum

Exploring 'Ship of the Damned'

Most of the more than 900 Jews who boarded the St. Louis in Hamburg in 1939 hoped the German luxury liner would take them to safety in the United States. Instead, the “ship of the damned,” turned back by Cuba and the United States, became a

04/16/1999
Washington Correspondent

Most of the more than 900 Jews who boarded the St. Louis in Hamburg in 1939 hoped the German luxury liner would take them to safety in the United States. Instead, the “ship of the damned,” turned back by Cuba and the United States, became an agonizing symbol of the indifference of the world to Jews fleeing the Nazi killing machine.

The Passion of Sara Bloomfield

The controversies swirling around the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington are likely to be dampened but not extinguished by this week’s appointment of Sara Bloomfield as director of the $53 million facility.

02/26/1999
Washington Correspondent

The controversies swirling around the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington are likely to be dampened but not extinguished by this week’s appointment of Sara Bloomfield as director of the $53 million facility.

JCPA Plenum To Tackle Palestinian Link

This year’s Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) plenum in Washington, which starts this weekend, will include the usual endless debates over religious pluralism in Israel, church-state issues and Jonathan Pollard.  But the hottest actio

02/19/1999
Washington Correspondent

Plenum To Tackle Palestinian Link

Arafat to Appear at Washington Prayer Breakfast, Jewish Leaders Prepare

02/05/1999
Washington correspondent

They Doth Protest Too Much?


Israeli officials were working overtime this week to preempt Yasir Arafat’s scheduled appearance at a Washington prayer breakfast, and to shift the focus of his meeting with President Bill Clinton to the question of Palestinian compliance.
But the strong Israeli counteroffensive, which included visits this week by emissaries of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon, may have turned a minor event into a major international platform for the head of the Palestinian Authority.

Museum Defends Choice As NewCharges Surface

Leaders of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, under siege because of their appointment of John Roth to head a new academic think tank in Washington, this week voted overwhelmingly to reaffirm that decision.

06/19/1998
Washington Correspondent
Leaders of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, under siege because of their appointment of John Roth to head a new academic think tank in Washington, this week voted overwhelmingly to reaffirm that decision.   But only hours after that vote, yet another troublesome article by Roth surfaced, sending council members scrambling. By Wednesday morning, the council was considering a motion to review the new material and to consider all documents relating to the appointment of the Claremont McKenna College scholar.  

Leaders Defend Holocaust Scholar John Roth

Holocaust scholars this week are rallying around the appointment of John K. Roth as the first director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the newly created scholarly arm of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

06/12/1998
Washington Correspondent
Washington — Holocaust scholars this week are rallying around the appointment of John K. Roth as the first director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the newly created scholarly arm of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. And museum officials seem to be lining up behind the embattled scholar. Roth last week found himself under attack for a 1988 Los Angeles Times op-ed article that his attackers say “desecrates the memory” of Holocaust victims and compares Israel to the Nazis.

Poll Reveals HolocaustKnowledge – And Gaps

04/24/1998
Washington Correspondent
Washington — In the first report card on American knowledge about the Holocaust and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum here, respondents indicated that they knew more about the destruction of European Jewry than many experts believed. More important, a solid majority of the sample — a representative cross-section of 1,641 Jews and non-Jews — said they see Holocaust education as vitally important in preventing new instances of persecution and genocide.

John Roth, Holocaust Scholar, Quits Museum Under Fire

07/03/1998
Washington Correspondent
Washington — The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has suffered another embarrassing public relations setback that supporters say could leave the institution more vulnerable to political control. John Roth, the Claremont McKenna College philosophy professor whose appointment as head of a new academic arm of the museum generated ferocious attacks from the right and unease among some mainstream Jewish leaders, stepped down Monday before assuming his duties.

Playing Politics With Holocaust Museum?

08/30/2002
Washington Correspondent
Playing Politics With Museum? Republicans were quick to criticize the Clinton administration for playing politics with appointments to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, but a current member of the panel who had his chair yanked out from under him claims the Bush administration is doing just that.

Holocaust Museum’s Burial Conflict

07/26/2002
Washington Correspondent
Holocaust Museum’s Burial Conflict Officials of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council are rejecting claims by Rabbi Avi Weiss, a prominent Holocaust activist and council critic, that construction of a new memorial to the Jewish victims of the Belzec death camp in southeastern Poland is resulting in systematic desecration of the site where many thousands of them are buried.
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