Sunday, July 31, 2016 Tammuz 25, 5776
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When the Nazis instituted their euthanasia program in January 1940, they began by distributing a questionnaire to the directors of institutions where potential victims might be housed. One of the key questions, from a historian's perspective, focused on whether a particular mentally or physically disabled person was productive in any way. "These forms were sent to the directors by the...
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Tiny hands shoot up as Leslie Maizel selects two volunteers for a role-play exercise at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El's preschool in Wynnewood. She positions the pretend "Randy" and "Suzy" in the center of their circle with a pile of blocks. They'd be happy to play together, Maizel tells her class of 5-year- olds, but Randy wants to build a castle...
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Linda Yepoyan grew up in Pittsburgh, a city that had just 30 Armenian families and no Armenian church. She felt little cultural connection to her family's ancestral homeland. Or so she thought. Then came the December 1988 earthquake that ravaged what was then the Soviet Republic of Armenia. More than 25,000 people were killed. The devastation was so great that...
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The only glimpse Jean Paul ever got of her father came from a handful of yellowed photos. William Steinhurst was already deployed in World War II when she was born. He died in a plane crash near the French Alps in November 1944 when she was five months old. This weekend, the 67-year-old retired social worker from Elkins Park will...
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Lawmakers in both houses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly have introduced companion bills that would require the state's school districts to offer Holocaust education. Last week, State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-District 8), a Democrat who represents parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County, introduced Senate Bill 1523. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-District 170) of Northeast Philadelphia, introduced a version of the bill...
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