Bigotry, Bullies and Brundibar

Yesterday I went to Boston to see the Central Square Theater production of Brundibar & But the Giraffe! The original opera was written in 1938 by a Czech composer, Hans Krasa with a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister. Krasa, a Jew, was imprisoned at Theresienstadt and later murdered in Auschwitz. Hoffmeister survived the war, but diedContinue reading “Bigotry, Bullies and Brundibar”

Why Bobby?

On the evening of January 16, 2014 I arrived in Tilburg. This small city in the southern province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands is home to a little over 206,000 people, more than 60% of whom are Roman Catholic. The next largest “religious” group are the atheists who make up about 20% of the population.Continue reading “Why Bobby?”

The Nazis Targeted the Disabled Too

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8umFV69fNg The Jews were by no means the only victims of the Holocaust during WWII. The Nazis murdered physically handicapped people seeing them as useless and potential threats They were afraid that their genes would weaken the “master race.” Please watch this video. It shows mannequins made to match actual individuals with various physical differences.Continue reading “The Nazis Targeted the Disabled Too”

I Am Not Trayvon Martin

I watched this video yesterday and I knew I had to share it in my blog. I do not know who this young lady is, but I want to thank her for her words of wisdom. I am not Trayvon Martin. I am George Zimmerman. I have privilege and I hold stereotypes. I want theContinue reading “I Am Not Trayvon Martin”

Holocaust Archives to Marathon Madness

I spent the day at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. I was ensconced in the Library and Archives. My research didn’t go well. While the library staff was friendly, the librarian I had access to was a bit abrupt and condescending. Mostly I hit dead ends. Thirty minutes before the museum was closing IContinue reading “Holocaust Archives to Marathon Madness”