Beck: 'I blew it' comparing rabbis to Islamic radicals
Glenn Beck at last summer's 'Restoring Honor' rally.
February 25th, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Beck: 'I blew it' comparing rabbis to Islamic radicals

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Glenn Beck is apologizing for remarks he made on his radio show comparing rabbis from a major Jewish tradition to Islamic radicals, saying, “I was wrong on this and I also apologize for it.”

“In this case I didn’t do enough homework,” Beck told radio listeners on Thursday, while his website said his comments contained “one of the worst analogies of all time.”

On Tuesday, Beck said on his show that “reformed rabbis are generally political in nature.”

“It's almost like Islam - radicalized Islam,” he continued, “in a way to where radicalized Islam is less about religion than it is about politics."


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Holocaust • Judaism

Military weighed religious concerns on DADT report
November 30th, 2010
05:13 PM ET

Military weighed religious concerns on DADT report

By CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi in Washington

The Pentagon's long-awaited study on its policy against gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military found that repeal of the controversial policy would face resistance from some service members on religious grounds, but that repeal would not require anyone to change their personal views or religious beliefs.

"Some feared repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell might limit their individual freedom of expression and free exercise of religion, or require them to change their personal beliefs about the morality of homosexuality," the report says. "The views expressed to us in these terms cannot be downplayed or dismissed."

But, it said, "Service members will not be required to change their personal views and religious beliefs; they must, however, continue to respect and serve with others who hold different views and beliefs."

The same holds true for the military's chaplain service, the report says.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Church and state • Holocaust • Military • United States

October 28th, 2010
11:41 AM ET

'You don't forget': Medic's Holocaust diary tells story of hell

The tattered journal, its pages yellow with age, contains the painful memories of a U.S. medic, a man who recorded the deaths of soldiers who survived one of World War II's bloodiest battles yet met their end as slaves in Nazi Germany.

32. Hamilton 4-5-45
33. Young 4-5-45
34. Smith 4-9-45
35. Vogel 4-9-45
36. Wagner 4-9-45

"Some were dying," said its author, Tony Acevedo, now 86. "Some died, and I made a notation of that."

Flipping through the pages, you encounter a horrific part of world history through the eyes of a 20-year-old inside a slave labor camp.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Europe • Germany • Holocaust • Judaism

October 22nd, 2010
10:49 AM ET

Exhibit: Albanian Muslims saved Jews from Nazis

From CNN affilate KSDK:

With rising anti-Muslim sentiment across the country, an untold story is raising greater awareness about the Muslim faith and the teachings of the Quran. That awareness comes from an unlikely source: a small Jewish congregation in Creve Coeur.

Temple Emanuel is premiering a groundbreaking exhibit of photos that reveals Albanian Muslims who saved 2,000 Jews during World War II.

It's a story you've likely never heard. It is a story told through the faces of Albanian Muslims who risked their own lives to live by a code of faith and honor called Besa.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Holocaust • Interfaith issues • Islam • Judaism

Exhibit explores how Hitler taught a nation to hate
October 16th, 2010
03:55 PM ET

Exhibit explores how Hitler taught a nation to hate

Playing cards with images of Hitler. Toy fuhrers. And a lamp and church tapestry with swastikas emblazoned across the front.

No, it's not a neo-Nazi convention. Rather, it is a groundbreaking exhibit that opened Friday in the German capital and is intended to show Adolf Hitler's relationship with the German people.

Germany has produced exhibits on the Holocaust and Nazism before but never since World War II has one focused solely on the man who taught an entire nation to hate.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Europe • Germany • Holocaust • Judaism

October 4th, 2010
10:45 AM ET

Vatican slams Berlusconi over anti-Semitic, sexist jokes

The Vatican's official newspaper strongly  criticized Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Sunday, calling it  "deplorable" that he tells blasphemous, anti-Semitic and sexist jokes.

The editorial came a day after the Italian Catholic bishops' newspaper  said Berlusconi needed to show more respect.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Holocaust • Italy

September 19th, 2010
02:47 PM ET

Pope praises British for resisting Nazis

Pope Benedict XVI praised Britain Sunday for standing up to the Nazis, a remark that could rekindle controversy over the pope's past - reminding listeners that he was forced as a young man to join the Hitler Youth.

Describing himself "as one who lived and suffered through the dark days of the Nazi regime in Germany," the German-born pontiff said it was "deeply moving... to recall how many of your fellow citizens sacrificed their lives, courageously resisting the forces of that evil ideology."

The comment was a break from Benedict's usual practice, CNN Senior Vatican Analyst John Allen said.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Europe • Holocaust • Pope Benedict XVI • United Kingdom

September 17th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

My Faith: Yom Kippur 1945, in a camp for Holocaust survivors

Stanley Abramovitch (seated, second from right) with American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee staff at a German displaced persons camp circa 1945.

Editor's Note: Stanley Abramovitch was born in Poland and lost his mother and two brothers in the Holocaust. He worked for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee for 63 years before retiring in 2008 and continues to consult for the group.

By Stanley Abramovitch, Special to CNN

In October 1945, I spent Yom Kippur in the displaced persons camp in Landsberg in Bavaria, Germany, as the representative of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), working with displaced persons.

The liberated Jews who had been imprisoned in the nearby Dachau concentration camp, as well as those who had been forced to work in ammunition and other factories in Bavaria, were gathered into Landsberg and nearby Feldafing camps. Many Jews from other concentration camps had been forced-marched to this part of Germany, where the U.S. Army liberated them.

In Landsberg there was a spacious German Army barracks confiscated by the U.S. Army, in which some of the liberated Jews were housed. Basic food and medical care were provided by the Army, supplemented by assistance from JDC.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Holidays • Holocaust • Judaism • Opinion

August 19th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

U.S. Muslim group denounces 'historic injustice of the Holocaust'

CNN's Joe Sterling filed this report:

Eight prominent U.S. Muslim leaders paid a visit to Nazi concentration camps in Europe and have issued a strong statement denouncing anti-Semitism, discrimination against Muslims and other forms of hatred.

The group visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp complex in Poland and Dachau in Germany in early August, and met with survivors of the Holocaust, the Nazi attempt last century to exterminate world Jewry. That onslaught that led to the deaths of around 6 million Jews, and millions of others, such as Poles and Roma, were massacred by the Nazis and their supporters during World War II.

Meant to build bridges between Muslims and Jews, the trip occurred during a time of raw hostility between those peoples in the Middle East and heated arguments in the United States over the plan to build an Islamic Center near the site of the World Trade Center attack.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Holocaust • Islam • Leaders • Muslim

July 30th, 2010
05:05 AM ET

Painting stolen by Nazi on display in New York

A demur redhead in a modest black dress is making a brief appearance in New York, before finally returning home to Austria.

"Portrait of Wally," painted by Austrian Egon Schiele in 1912, was put on display Thursday at The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. On August 18, it will go back to the Leopold Museum in Vienna, after a settlement last week ended the painting's legal upheaval.

It's a story 70 years old, reaching across the Atlantic and involving Nazi theft, art-world deceit and a Jewish woman's deep affection for a favorite portrait.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Art • Austria • Europe • Holocaust • Judaism

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