How Two U.S. Officers Became Jewish Librarians in Allied-Occupied Germany

After taking the German city of Offenbach near the end of World War II, American forces found hundreds of boxes of books, recently moved there by the Nazis from nearby Frankfurt-am-Main when the latter came under bombardment. The task of sorting these books, mostly looted from Jewish libraries, fell to one Captain Isaac Benkowitz. Daniel Lipson explains:

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More about: Books, Holocaust, Jews in the military, World War II

Iran’s Elections Could Complicate U.S. Plans to Renew the Nuclear Deal

June 11 2021

This week, after the International Atomic Energy Agency announced its suspicions that the Islamic Republic is hiding nuclear materials from its inspectors, the White House decided to lift some sanctions on Iranian oil, and still plans to forge ahead with nuclear negotiations. Meanwhile, Iran will hold its presidential elections next week. The exercise is not particularly democratic—the supreme leader approves the candidates in advance, and his minions have from time to time fixed the results—but neither is it entirely meaningless. While there are important differences among the candidates, not one can be dubbed a moderate, even by the standards of this brutal Islamist theocracy. Reuel Marc Gerecht explains why this matters:

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More about: Ali Khamenei, Barack Obama, Iran nuclear program, Joseph Biden