A Liberator, But Never Free
May 17, 2015
Letters fom an Army doctor who helped free the Dachau concentration camp in 1945 have resurfaced, raising questions about the G.I.’s we know only as heroes.
When "Holocaust" Became "The Holocaust"
May 17, 2015
An etymological mystery.
What Happens When Mein Kampf's Copyright Expires?
March 06, 2015
Mein Kampf moves into the public domain in 2016. What happens then?
"Don’t let anyone tell you that soldiers don’t get frightened. They do."
Can a Movie Make Josef Mengele Relatable?
May 01, 2014
We are in Patagonia, on a road that lasts 300 miles. A family are ready to make the journey in a battered white van—father, mother and three children, and the mother is pregnant again.
Another Rich Guy Says Populists Are Like Nazis
March 18, 2014
Raising taxes on the wealthy is just like genocide. (Unless, like, it's about trying to pay for things like schools and transportation and ways to give hard-working people a fair chance.)
The Mother of All Nazi Analogies, Now Available at Amazon
November 10, 2013
Attempts to draw parallels between our political debates and Nazi Germany are, as is often lamented, a dime a dozen in contemporary discourse. Rarely, however, do they run to more than 200 pages, plus bibliography.
Killing in the Name
April 08, 2010
The following is adapted from a talk delivered at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., on March 19, 2010. One of the greatest ironies of the past decade's debates over political Islam has been that, on the whole, the most passionate and emphatic rejections of radical Islamism in this country came from President Bush and his supporters—that is, conservatives. This is peculiar because the various forms of radical Islamism represent the third major form of totalitarian ideology and politics in modern world history.