Sometimes a single truth, belatedly discovered, can change one’s world view with surprising swiftness.
Since the attack on the U.S. Capitol, attention has turned to the multiple strains of violent extremism flourishing at home.
Under the Nazi, Vichy, and Italian fascist regimes, Jews as well as some Muslims, were subject to race law and internments. In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, join Moment Deputy Editor Sarah Breger in conversation with UCLA professors Sarah Abrevaya Stein and Aomar Boum, co-editors of The Holocaust and North Africa. They discuss the experiences of North African Jews during World War II, why their histories have been marginalized and the relationship between Jews and Muslims during that period and how it reverberates today.
This program is cosponsored by the American Sephardi Federation
In writing about the unspeakable mass atrocities targeting the Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China, I’m reminded of the words of Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and conscience of humanity, that “silence in the face of evil is complicity with evil itself”—and that, as he would remind us again and again, “Indifference always means coming down on the side of the victimizer, never on the side of the victim.”
When we interviewed a group of thinkers on the years that altered human history, we were floored by their thoughtful responses. While we had to condense their answers for the print issue, we have curated additional selections from their interviews, which we are so pleased to publish here.
Max Brooks, author of World War Z and the newly released Devolution, discusses his books, what you can do to be prepared for times when reality resembles fiction and how his unconventional way of thinking has led to a partnership with the military. In addition, Max reminisces about the late Carl Reiner and the friendship he had with his dad, Mel Brooks and what it was like growing up Jewish. Max also shares how he became a writer, despite having dyslexia and how his mother, the late Anne Bancroft, was always his biggest advocate. Max is joined in conversation with Moment editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein.