Remembrance, Ritual, the Sacred and Auschwitz

Remembrance, Ritual, the Sacred and Auschwitz What is the historical process by which something becomes sacred? Is Auschwitz a sacred place? In this FRDH podcast, Michael Goldfarb asks what is the historical process that leads…

America 2017: Magical Thinking vs Reality

America 2017: Magical Thinking vs Reality America in 2017: was the story of Magical Thinking vs Reality. For Trump voters it was a confirmation of everything their “unbiased” news told them. For the anti-Trump brigade…

Bosnia, Mladic: the Price of Justice

Bosnia, Mladic: the Price of Justice The fact that we are in a new historical epoch was underscored recently in the response to the news that Robert Mugabe and Ratko Mladic, two men who ruined…

Bolshevik Revolution 100th Anniversary Thoughts

Bolshevik Revolution 100th Anniversary Thoughts The Bolshevik Revolution is to political change, what nuclear weapons are to warfare: the ultimate deterrent. The question on this 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution is what happens to…

How Media Obscures Our Understanding of History

How Media Obscures Our Understanding of History Media obscures history. Not intentionally, but the effect of looking at images without a deeper understanding of the context in which the images were created will keep the…

Catalonia, Kurdistan: What Is A Nation?

What is a Nation? Referendums in Iraqi Kurdistan and Catalonia raise the question “What Is a Nation?” What is a nation? What is a nation-state? Is it the same as a country? Are a people,…

Berkeley 1969: High Point Of The Revolution

Berkeley: High Point Of The Revolution This episode of FRDH is about Berkeley and the high point of the revolution of the 1960’s as host Michael Goldfarb remembers it. Revolution is a romantic word and…