persecution

Stories about man's inhumanity to man, and about carrying on nevertheless.

Bilingual blogging—my French collaborationist

Historical blogging makes strange bedfellows. A French jewelry critic and I were both interested in the history of the Clerc jewelry business during the Nazi era.

The Ringels in Berlin—the Nazi years

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During the first five years of Hitler's reign of terror, Jewish families of Berlin faced one repression after another.

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If walls could talk—75 years in a Parisian villa

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If walls could talk, the plasterwork at 31 rue de la Saussaye, Neuilly-sur-Seine, would have interesting tales to tell: Insider dealings in the French jewelry trade. Swank cocktail parties for the Nazi elite. A rough-cut Jewish jeweler and his ebullient new wife. Where Henry Kissinger met Le Duc Tho. Here is the story of one prestigious address over 75 years of history.

Motives for mercy—the consuls of Toulouse

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In July 1940, consular officials from three nations conspired to open an escape route for Jews out of occupied France. Why did they do it?

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