Recent Publications

Recent publications by Dr. Michael  Berenbaum

Hitler needed plenty of help to kill the Jews – but no inspiration

The misrepresentation of Holocaust history by Israel’s prime minister

by Michael Berenbaum

Posted on Oct. 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm

In a speech to the World Zionist Congress, on Oct. 20, 2015, the prime minister of Israel said:

“Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time [Nov. 28, 1941], he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini [the mufti of Jerusalem] went to Hitler and said, ‘If you expel them, they’ll all come here.’

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Kosher Dogs - Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium Opens First Kosher Concession Stand

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — For the first time at Dodger Stadium, a concession stand is offering kosher food. Follow this link for video of the CBS report.

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Moving and shaking: USHMM’s annual Los Angeles dinner, Sally Drucker turns 100 and more

by Ryan Torok, Jewish Journal, March 19, 2015

Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) annual Los Angeles dinner was themed “What You Do Matters.”

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Would you stay in France?

January 21, 2015 | 11:43 am

In the wake of the horrific terrorist killings in France, my heart took many turns. First there was shock, soon replaced by grief, then anger, followed by resolve. Now it may be time for reflection.

The response from the French and then the Israelis to the two attacks raised some important issues for Jews living in the Diaspora and also in Israel.

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Q&A: ‘I thought we would have done better’

by Susan Freudenheim, Jewish Journal, March 12, 2015

You’re being honored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at a time when talk of anti-Semitism seems more heated than ever. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent speech to Congress sounded the alarm, as if the next Holocaust is around the corner. Do you feel that kind of talk is warranted?

Michael Berenbaum: About a dozen years ago, I convened a conference at the AJU and published its proceedings in a book titled “Not Your Father’s Antisemitism” because I was disturbed by all the ill-informed talk of 2003 being 1933, 1939 or even 1942. I feel that those who refight the last battle lose sight of the current battle and do not understand our contemporary situation.

To say it is not 1933 or 1939 is not to say that the situation is not serious, concerning or disturbing; it is merely to reiterate the obvious — we are different, and the world is different.

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