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The challenge to remember
BY Simone Ellin | Photos by David Stuck
April 17, 2014

Alice Herz-Sommer was 110 years old when she passed away in February. Born in Prague, but living in London at the time of her death, she was believed to have been the oldest living survivor of the Holocaust. Sommer’s passing, as well as the recent deaths of several prominent survivors in Baltimore’s Jewish community, are CONTINUE »

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‘Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race’ is at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore until April 30
BY Marc Shapiro
April 17, 2014

The idea of eugenics, the study and practice of improving mankind through selective reproduction, was widespread in the scientific community decades before the Nazis took power. Many credit 19th-century British anthropologist Francis Galton as the father of eugenics, which was popular before much was known about hereditary traits. “He had a very positive vision focusing CONTINUE »

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Top diplomat’s remark sparks ire on both sides of political aisle
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
April 17, 2014

After spending more than two-and-a-half hours testifying in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry is fending off criticism from all sides, as Democrats, Republicans and members of the media accuse him of blaming Israelis for derailing peace negotiations. During a hearing held as a review of the State Department’s CONTINUE »

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Passover is THE holiday for those with dietary restrictions
BY Heather Norris
April 17, 2014

For the many members of the Jewish community who more or less avoid consuming chametz year-round, Passover brings welcome relief. “Passover is a big treat for everybody,” said Chana Fishkind, who, along with her two sons, maintains a gluten-free diet. Her husband, she said, just goes with the flow. Two years ago, Fishkind discovered that CONTINUE »

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Jewish institutions horrified by pre-Passover attacks that killed three
BY Marc Shapiro and Heather Norris
April 17, 2014

Kansas’ tight-knit Jewish community was rocked just one day before the beginning of Passover as a gunman took the lives of three people in attacks just minutes apart outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and a local retirement home. According to various news reports, at about 1 p.m., shots CONTINUE »