Category Archives: Jewish History

The Jewish Comic Book Guys

Presented February 25th, 2016 at the JCC of Ann Arbor

In 1938 the character of Superman would make his first appearance in Action Comics, ushering in the Golden Age of comics and helping to create an industry that is today valued in the billions of dollars. Few people realize that the Man of Steel was created by two Jewish boys out of Cleveland and that he was, in many ways, a direct response to Adolf Hitler.

Copies available as PowerPoint and PDF:

The Jewish Comic Book Guys

The Jewish Comic Book Guys

The Jewish Psychologists

The stories of Sigmund and Anna Freud, Alfred Adler, Bruno Bettelheim, Abraham Maslow, the members of the Frankfurt School, even Dr. Ruth Westheimer….rarely are they presented in their proper historical and cultural context. This is an attempt to correct that and explain how psychology became what it is today.

Presented at the Ann Arbor JCC/JCS this historical overview is available for download and reference:

The Jewish Psychologists

Voices For Social Change – A Secular Jewish Perspective

Jews in America have always been at the forefront of social change. From Revolutionary War hero Haym Solomon to union activists, feminists and those fighting for our privacy, this is a history of those who raised their voices for social change. Please feel free to download a copy:

Voices for Social Justice Final

The Lies That Changed America

I have been having a debate with a good friend about the proper place in history for Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. In 50 years, what will people think about today’s whistle blowers? Heroes, traitors or something in the middle?

My contention has always been that a democracy can only exist when there is a free flow of information. Of course, some information must be kept secret in the interests of national security, but that should be kept to a minimum and always subject to review. It is okay to conceal, for example, a specific bombing target, but not to conceal that we have begun bombing a country.

See below for some of the Lies That Changed America:

The Lies That Changed America

The “Other” Holocaust – Forced Relocation of Ethnic Germans

At the Yalta Conference and the Potsdam Conference, the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union decided the fate of post-war Europe. At Yalta, the euphemism “reparations in kind” was coined to mean forced labor, sometimes labor unto death, by German civilians and POWs. At Potsdam, “orderly and humane” deportations was the term used to mean the forced deportations of between 12 and 14 million ethnic Germans from their places of residence in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, and Poland. These deportations resulted in the deaths of at 500,000 (possibly up to 2 million) civilians.

This is the “other” Holocaust, one that has largely been forgotten.

The Other Holocaust