Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Planting seeds

An earlier posting described the limits of Holocaust knowledge and how it's limited or non-existent outside the Western world. This has left a large vacuum malicious demagogues rush to fill.

One of this era's great Jewish institutions is the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Its director, Rabbi David Landes, was recently in Indonesia connecting with religious leaders there to help stop the spread of radical Islam's denial of the Holocaust and all the related mental disorders that come along for that toxic ride. His visit was covered by the New York Times (requires registration), the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and - all of all things - the Press of Atlantic City.

We make a serious mistake if we assume that what they think in Jakarta about Jews or the Holocaust matters less what they think in Berlin.

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