In 1941, the Nazis turned the the Czech fortress and town of Terezin
into the ghetto of Theresienstadt
. The ghetto was a transit center
as well as a camp for high-profile people, and was turned into a "model Jewish settlement" in preparation for a Red Cross
visit in 1944. The "embellishment
" had the desired propaganda outcome - a "positive report
While researching Shoah
, Claude Lanzmann
interviewed Benjamin Murmelstein, the last surviving member of the Jewish Council of the Elders
in Theresienstadt. That footage is now in a new film
, "The Last Of The Unjust
." [more inside]
While this has been mentioned recently
, it is quite worth remembering it was just 20 years ago, that LeAlan Jones
, and Lloyd Newman
taught the world an important lesson;
Ghetto Life 101
But please don't forget their equally stunning followup, Remorse
: The 14 Stories of Eric Morse.
Zaire Paige had a breakout role in Antoine Fuqua's movie, Brooklyn's Finest. He was seen as a rising star. But, it all went away when he murdered a gang rival and was sentenced to 107 years in prison. [more inside]
Poetry in Hell
contains a complete collection of poems recovered from the Warsaw Ghetto's Ringelblum Archives
. The project, which took ten years to complete, gives English translations of poems that are shown in their original Yiddish. [more inside]
Meet gold-toothed Vegas rapper Thug "Money Man" Presley
, cousin to The King
. Real name Kristopher Presley, Thug has been serving time in jail and just pled guilty
to involuntary manslaughter for running over someone with an SUV in 2004. [more inside]
I've only ever seen 70 & 80's era New York in movies
and I've never really thought about their source of inspiration. Until I saw this.
(a few graphic photos on that last link)
From the Magnolia
to the Calliope
to the Melph
, and 4
), New Orleans projects are notoriously violent
, but through the haze of murder and decay there is a project culture
. Now the projects are being torn down
in a mix of protest
A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
- an overview of the people and events of the Holocaust through photographs, documents, art, music, and literature. It is designed to prepare K-12 teachers to approach this sensitive topic. The content is presented from three perspectives: Timeline, People, and The Arts. Produced by the University of South Florida.
I found this by following links from an earlier post. I am posting it because it is full of content and wry commentary. Since it may need to be said, I am not posting this out of any prejudice.
From Baltimore to the Bush.
Until 2003, the Baraka School in Kenya was home to 20-40 underachieving teenagers from inner-city Baltimore. As Time Magazine reported in 2000
, the experiment was not without complications, ranging from curriculum deficiencies to disciplinary issues. PBS also did a short piece
on Baraka the same year.
By 2002, though, things were shaping up
. The Baltimore City Public School System found that students at Baraka improved markedly
in their academics. One alumnus
is an up-and-coming hip-hop star.
Baraka was closed indefinitely in 2003 due to terrorism-related security threats. But a new documentary, The Boys of Baraka
, recaptures the essence of the place, its successes and its failures alike.