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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Hitler insider's missing diary found

By John P. Martin


Henry Mayer, a representative of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum points to pages of the Rosenberg Diary after the press conference.At a news conference held at the ICE and Homeland Security offices in Wilmington Federal officials and a Representative from the US Holocaust Museum in Washington announced the seizure of the long lost Rosenberg Diary that was kept by a close confidant of Adolf Hitler. Some of the seized documents were in the possession of Dr. Robert Kempner,a german lawyer who fled Germany and at some point lived in Lansdowne




Feds recover journal of notorious Nazi Alfred Rosenberg, chief architect of ethnic cleansing policies and the man responsible for plundering billions of dollars of art from European Jews. Could shed new light on the Holocaust


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mILMINGTON, Pa. — (MCT) His garden stroll with Adolf Hitler left Alfred Rosenberg invigorated.

Rosenberg was already one of the most notorious and powerful Nazis, chief architect of ethnic cleansing policies and the man responsible for plundering billions of dollars of art from European Jews.

At the meeting in April 1941, Hitler spoke of a larger role. "Your hour has come," he said, according to an account Rosenberg scrawled in his diary.

For nearly 70 years, the infamous diary, an unprecedented insider's glimpse of the Third Reich, was lost or hidden. On Thursday, federal investigators said they had finally recovered it, following a trail that started at Nuremberg, Germany, once led through the Philadelphia suburbs, and ended this spring in Upstate New York.

"These 400 pages are a window into the dark soul of one of the great wrongs in human history," John Morton, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said at a news conference announcing the find.

Agents from Homeland Security Investigations seized the diary in April from a home in Amherst, outside Buffalo.

They declined to discuss many details of their investigation — including who last had the document — but acknowledged tracking the diary to a friend of a secretary who once worked for Robert Kempner, a U.S. war-crimes prosecutor.

The world knew about the diary, which covers Rosenberg's life from 1934 to 1944, because prosecutors cited parts of it during the Nuremberg trials, in which Rosenberg was convicted and then executed in 1946.

But the complete document vanished after the trials, and was believed to have been among thousands of pieces of evidence Kempner smuggled out of Germany.

Rosenberg was a chief proponent of the racial-purity policies that led to the Holocaust. As the administrator for occupied lands on the Eastern Front, he played "a significant role" in the mass enslavement and murder of Jews in the Baltic states, Ukraine, and what is now Belarus, historians say.

In one March 1941 passage, Rosenberg wrote of having just returned from a "successful" conference on a program to rid Europe of Jews.

"Reading Rosenberg's diary is to stare into the mind of a dark soul," Morton said.

Archivists have not fully translated the document, but hope it may shed new light on the Nazi war effort. Two months after Hitler proclaimed that his "hour" had come, Rosenberg oversaw Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia.

Kempner, by contrast, was a German-born Jew who fled his homeland for the United States in the 1930s and returned after the war as an American prosecutor.



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Until his death in 1993, he lived at times in a house in Lansdowne, Delaware County, and his sons had agreed to turn over his possessions to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. But despite recouping thousands of documents, the archivists couldn't find Rosenberg's diary.

Their hopes rose again in 1999, when a Folcroft man who had been hired to clean out Kempner's vacant Lansdowne house found 40 more file boxes of documents.

Those materials included German papers outlining the Nazis' "aggressive war against and the plundering, spoliation, and the economic exploitation of the Soviet Union by the Nazi regime," according to a filing at the time by prosecutors in Philadelphia.

But the diary was still missing.

"That was what we were looking for. That's what was so frustrating," said Robert Wittman, a former FBI agent who specialized in art crimes and spent more than a decade helping in the search.

Henry Mayer, a senior adviser on archives at the museum, said a breakthrough came when a German reporter told him that Kempner's one-time secretary, Margot Lipton, had given the diary to a friend "for safekeeping" before her death.

On April 5, agents bearing a warrant found it at that friend's house in Amherst.

Morton, who announced the discovery with U.S. Attorney Charles Oberly III, declined to name the man or say if anyone faced criminal charges. He said the man voluntarily turned over the document.

Officials displayed a half-dozen or so yellowed pages from the diary at the news conference in the Wilmington office of Homeland Security Investigations, the lead agency in the seizure. The materials eventually will be given to Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

Morton and Mayer credited a list of law enforcement agencies and agents for staying on the case over the years, including police in Lansdowne and New York, HSI and the Wilmington-based prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Hall.

There are no copies, Morton said, so the diary is invaluable.

"As time marches on, there are fewer and fewer living victims and witnesses to the horror of the Third Reich," he said. "Soon there will be no more human testimony of what happened during the Holocaust and, just as important, how it happened."

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