1. A story from WWII you may not have known.
Twenty-five years ago, the blockbuster film “Titanic” premiered in the United States, kicking off a historic run that would bring in a record $1.85 billion worldwide and win 11 Oscars.
2. A story from the Vietnam War you may have forgotten.
“They’re going to be so god damned surprised,” US President Richard Nixon replied to Kissinger on December 17, the eve of the mission. . . .
3. A tragedy from 1948 we never heard of.
When Israeli graduate student Teddy Katz meticulously documented a massacre of Palestinian civilians surrounding Israel’s independence, he was initially celebrated for his groundbreaking work. But soon, he was stripped of his degrees and was publicly shamed as a fraudulent traitor. Decades later, incendiary new evidence emerges to corroborate Teddy’s initial findings, not just vindicating him, but raising profound questions about how Israelis — and we all — deal with the darker chapters of history.
I promise to get into the Christmas spirit very soon.
For now, this is the song that comes to mind. Two senseless world wars, the second started by a megalomanic . . . just like today’s in Ukraine. The disastrous Vietnam and Iraq wars. The insane civil war in Rwanda. It’s important, I think, for kids around the world — be they German, Russian, or American; Japanese, African, or Israeli — to learn history, even when some of it gives pause.
Quote of the Day
I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.~Harry Truman
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