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Fifty years ago this week, Yosef Kleinman became a surprise witness at the Eichmann trial, sharing a little-known piece of Holocaust history with captivated international listeners. That testimony made Kleinman a celebrity of sorts, and he’s spent the last five decades telling his story to soldiers, camps, schools, yeshivos, and documentary filmmakers.
On May 23, 1960, Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion made an announcement that stunned Israeli society: Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of Nazi Germany’s Final Solution, had been captured by Israeli agents and brought to Eretz Yisrael. Two years later, on May 31, 1962, Eichmann was executed by hanging in an Israeli prison. In between those two momentous dates in May, Eichmann was brought to trial in Jerusalem. What, if anything, is the legacy of that trial today, fifty years later?
In today’s digital age, when technology has removed the “personal” from interpersonal communication, virtually every job description has undergone redefinition. In the medical field, the classic family physician has given way to the “digital doctor” and the trusting patient has morphed into a well-informed, discriminating “e-patient” — with ramifications for the people, the system, and the very nature of health care.
Rabbi Shaul Shimon Deutsch, the coronated “Lionzna Rebbe” of Boro Park, put his photographic memory and penchant for ancient languages to good use. He says his Living Torah Museum, which features million-dollar hands-on artifacts from ancient weaving equipment to taxidermied biblical animals, fulfills his educational philosophy: “If you touch history, it touches you.”
While Barack Obama was announcing his vision of Middle East peace in Washington, Israeli peace activists were holding forth in Tel Aviv, where Mishpacha squeezed in a few words — and questions — edgewise with Yossi Beilin, the grand architect of the Oslo process, along with dissenting voices who say neither Oslo nor Obama will bring peace.