“…UNEASINESS IN THE (JEWISH) COMMUNITY WITH EVANGELICAL (GLENN BECK’S) SUPPORT ,” SAYS ABRAHAM FOXMAN.

Mixed feelings are expressed in CNN article about Glenn Beck’s visit to Israel. Personally, it is music to my ears to hear someone speaking on the side of Israel and the Jewish people. But it’s a little scary when it’s Beck, given some of the things he says and some of his ultra-conservative supporters. I hear you, Abraham Foxman: “There’s an uneasiness in the community with evangelical support. But as long as the support is not conditioned on American Jewish support for the conservative Christian political agenda, or on us converting, they can be my guest.”

Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Courage” rally August 24 in Jerusalem

I just read Dovid Efune’s informative Huffington Post blog about Glenn Beck’s visit to Israel. Beck has recently been quoting Ruth from the Old Testament: “Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. … Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.”

Beck has proven to be a great champion of Israel and the Jewish people. “Go know.” With the U.S. government  waffling in it’s support, given President Obama’s suggestion that Israel should go back to 1967 borders, it is refreshing to hear of Beck’s friendship. Looking forward to hearing about the rally on August 24th in Jerusalem.

Former Prussian Blue Duo Singing a Liberal Tune

Prussian Blue, former anti-Semitic, pro-white supremacist singing duo from Montana is long disbanded. Lamb and Lynx Gaede claim to no longer be white nationalists.

Says Lamb, “I’m not a white nationalist anymore. My sister and I are pretty liberal now.” And what does that mean?

The article in The Daily, first in five years of silence, tells of a change of tune in the now 19 year old twins of Pro-Nazi fame. Their lack of any real knowledge or education in this realm is shocking. Yet, I ask myself, how shocking is it really? How thorough is our education system in relating what really happened during World War II?

547 DAYS LATER: TWO JOURNALISTS NOT FREED “FOR CHOCOLATES.”

It is obvious to all that Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier, two French journalists finally freed by the Taliban after 547 days of confinement, were not simply released out of the goodness of their captors’ hearts.

In the BBC article, the French government denied any ransom was paid while the Afghan government denied any prisoner exchange. Television reporter Ghesquière stated that he was sure that he and cameraman Taponier were not freed “for chocolates” though he has no proof that there was an exchange of money or prisoners. Another reportage from France 24 gives a more French perspective.

POPE PIUS XII PRAISED BY ISRAELI AMBASSADOR

If you want to hold on to the belief that Pope Pius XII didn’t do enough to save Jews during World War II, go right ahead. Did he do enough? Well, who did besides Winston Churchill and a few others? But this article recognizes the pope for saving thousands of Jews, hiding over 5000 in convents, monasteries and schools in Rome and thousand more in the papal village. A catholic priest of the time, Gaetano Piccinini was just honored post-humously as a righteous Gentile.

SO FEW HAPPY ENDINGS TO HOLOCAUST STORIES, BUT HERE IS ONE!

This is an exciting review of world premiere “A Melancholy Beauty,” an oratorio by Georgi Andreev. The premiere, hailed as “compelling” in the Washington Post, was held Tuesday at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The piece was performed by the National Philharmonic and members of Bulgarian and United States choral groups. Soloist Neli Andreeva is pictured left. (More about the true story upon which the oratorio is based appears at BostonHerald.com.)

REMEMBRANCE “ZACHOR”: AMAZING DISCOVERIES IN SLOVAKIA

What an amazing experience photographer Yuri Dojc and filmmaker Katya Krausova had when they visited the country of their departed parents who were Holocaust survivors. You must read what happened to them in Slovakia! Photographs from the visit are now being exhibited in the “Last Folio” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City through August 9, 2011.

What was extraordinary was information they found out about family “coincidentally.” Though they were not looking for family historical facts when they were putting this exhibition together, I’m sure what they found made this a profoundly personal experience.

DICK WINTERS HONORED ON ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY, 6/6/44

This article tells of a great fundraising event to honor Dick Winters, one of the consumate leaders of Operation Overlord, so well-depicted in the HBO Band of Brothers mini-series. Several castmembers were at the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball game to commemorate the Allied attack on the beaches of Normandy, France and to raise money for a statue of Dick Winters to be erected at this most important site.

We must never forget what happened during World War II and the incredible human beings who lost their lives fighting against the German war machine. We must equally remember and honor those brave men and women who are still here to tell us about it. We pause to thank the members of Easy Company, most especially the two who were able to come to the event: Babe Heffron and “Wild Bill” Guarnere.