Rafael Medoff

Joe Kubert, Comic Artist Who Returned to Roots

Comic book artist and writer Joe Kubert spent most of his life drawing brawny superheroes and rampaging dinosaurs. Then, Kubert, who died at 85, began a journey back to his roots.

Refugee to Rescuer, a Hanukkah Tale

Seventy-five years ago this month, 5-year-old Rudy Boschwitz, tightly gripping his mother’s hand, gingerly stepped down the gangplank of the S.S. Majestic and onto the dock at New York City. It was the third night of Hanukkah. After two years of wandering from country to country, the future United States senator and his family had finally found a place they could call home.

Friend or Foe? President Richard Nixon meets with Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in Washington in November 1973.

Actions Speak Louder Than (Even Ugly) Words

Newly released tapes of President Richard Nixon’s private conversations in 1973 include a remark that antisemitism will increase in the United States if American Jews “don’t start behaving.” As outrageous as that comment was, it should be kept in mind that Nixon was not the first American president to privately express antisemitic sentiments — nor is it clear how such views affected those presidents’ policies regarding Jewish concerns.

Generation to Generation: From left, Robert Morgenthau, Henry Morgenthau Jr. and Henry Morgenthau Sr.

Morgenthaus vs. Genocide

Robert Morgenthau’s announcement that he will retire after more than three decades as Manhattan’s district attorney caps an impressive career in law enforcement. With his latest case, against banks illegally aiding the governments of Iran and Sudan, three generations of Morgenthaus have now confronted perpetrators of genocide — which is as tragic a commentary on the persistence of human rights abuses in modern times as it is a tribute to a remarkable family that has fought those abuses.

MILITANT MAESTRO?: In 1948, young impresario Leonard Bernstein headlined a concert to raise funds for the Revisionist Zionist militia Irgun Zvai Leumi, despite protests from the group?s foes in the American Jewish community.

When Leonard Bernstein ‘Dug’ the Irgun

‘I dig absolutely.” Those three awkward words, spoken by Leonard Bernstein to a Black Panther spouting pseudo-Marxist rhetoric at a soiree in the Bernstein home in 1970, immortalized the stereotype of the guilt-ridden upper-class liberal embracing violent radicals. The composer found himself publicly mocked, first by William F. Buckley Jr. in a newspaper column titled “Have a Panther to Lunch,” and then in the pages of The New Yorker by Tom Wolfe — who was inspired by the incident to coin the term “radical chic.”

Nearly 1,000 European Jews found refuge from the Holocaust in 1944 at an abandoned army camp in Oswego, N.Y.

Create a Temporary Israeli Haven for Darfur Refugees

The Israeli government has announced that it will not admit any more refugees from the Darfur genocide, and has begun deporting to Egypt many of those who recently arrived.

Recognize Resurgence of Antisemitism in France

Physical attacks on Jews in France increased by 45% last year, and verbal attacks increased by 71%, according to a new report prepared by CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish organizations. That is bad enough news. But to make matters worse, the French ambassador to the United States has been quoted as claiming that antisemitism in France actually decreased by 48% last year.

Will Mel Gibson Get Away With His Antisemitic Tirade?

Now that Gibson has been revealed as having ranted against “f—ing Jews” who “are responsible for all the wars in the world,” a debate has erupted over what consequences, if any, he should suffer.

A Lesson In Protesting Insulting Cartoons

As mobs throughout the Muslim world assaulted European targets in response to the publication of caricatures of Muhammad, an Iranian government newspaper offered its own bizarre response to the controversy by announcing a contest for cartoons mocking the Holocaust.In their fevered imagination, the Iranians believe they will expose a double