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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Historic ‘firsts’ among Jewish Federation leaders

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus August 8, 2012

On Sept. 1, Andrew Rehfeld will assume his duties as the new Jewish Federation Chief Executive Officer and President, succeeding Barry Rosenberg, who has helmed the organization since 1993.  Until his retirement in 2013, Rosenberg will stay on to advise...

Lt. Col. Bernhard Fischer, a Jewish officer in the protocol branch, in his office at the German Federal Ministry of Defense.

Germany’s Jewish patriots find a home in the military

By Toby Axelrod, JTA June 26, 2012

BERLIN -- In an office amid a labyrinth of hallways in Germany's Ministry of Defense, a short jaunt from where Claus von Stauffenberg was executed in 1944 for trying to kill Adolf Hitler, sits Bernhard Fischer, lieutenant colonel and Jew. What’s a...

Students from the St. Ursula-Schule, a Catholic high school in Germany, view facsimiles of ads for Hitlers Mein Kampf at the House of the Wannsee Conference in Potsdam, site of the planning of the Final Solution.

German plans for ‘Mein Kampf’ excerpts in schools seen as a way to demystify Hitler tome

By Toby Axelrod, JTA June 17, 2012

BERLIN –- Does “Mein Kampf” belong in German high schools? With Adolf Hitler’s book due to come out of wraps here in 2015, freed after decades under copyright protection that prevented its publication in Germany, it’s a question that is being...

Hitler’s Hangman: The Life of Heydrich

Historian pens compelling biography of brutal Nazi mastermind

By Burton A. Boxerman, Special to the Jewish Light May 23, 2012

Except for his boss Heinrich Himmler, only Reinhard Heydrich — head of the SS security service and the Gestapo — was so instrumental in the planning and execution of the mass murder of six million European Jews, according to a historian Robert Gerwarth. ...

British publisher to fight ‘Mein Kampf’ ban

JTA March 13, 2012

BERLIN -- A British publisher is vowing to fight a Munich court's decision to permanently ban his publication of excerpts of Hitler's "Mein Kampf." Peter McGee wanted to print excerpts last January in a 16-page insert to his German publication "Zeitungszeugen,"...

Ill. congressional candidate denies Holocaust

JTA March 1, 2012

WASHINGTON -- A candidate from Illinois for the U.S. House of Representatives and former member of the Nationalist Socialist Party is arguing that the Holocaust never happened.  In an interview Wednesday with a local news site, the Oak Lawn Patch,...

Jason Cannon, Terry Meddows perform in the New Jewish Theatres
production of ‘Way to Heaven.

‘Way to Heaven’ paved with good intentions

Elaine K. Alexander February 8, 2012

It has been said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. And that seems to be true of the "Way to Heaven" by Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga, which will run through Sunday at the New Jewish Theatre. Jewish Light critic Robert Cohn has already...

Argentine Jewish leader criticizes anti-Semitic cartoon

JTA January 20, 2012

BUENOS AIRES -- The head of Argentina's Jewish community criticized as anti-Semitic a cartoon that appeared in a national newspaper. Guillermo Borger, president of AMIA, Argentina's main Jewish community organization, called the cartoon, which appeared...

Plans to make ‘Mein Kampf’ available in German could be illegal

JTA January 17, 2012

BERLIN -- Plans by a British publisher to make segments of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” available in the German language may run into legal trouble. Publisher Peter McGee said he plans to publish three annotated excerpts of the text, which remains...

Hitlers First War by Thomas Weber

New book examines World War I’s impact on Hitler’s world view

By Arthur Gale, Special to the Jewish Light May 18, 2011

Over 65 years have passed since the end of World War II. Historians continue their quest to further understand the man responsible for the war and its more than 50 million deaths. They want to know when, where, and why Adolf Hitler developed his political,...

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