Celebrate this great river and its many tributaries

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Australian
December 5, 2015

A minor storm erupted at a Sydney primary school some years ago when it installed a 2m Christmas tree in the foyer. Pupils were encouraged to place beneath the tree gifts to be donated to Bear Cottage, which cares for children with terminal conditions.

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History hangs heavily in the struggle against evil

BY VIC ALHADEFF

Sydney Morning Herald
July 26, 2015

Jan Kozielewski was always tormented by his inability to stop the Holocaust. “I hated humanity,” he blurted after the nightmare ended. “The Lord assigned me a role – to speak and write during the war when, as it seemed, it might help. It did not.”

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Australians cannot ignore ‘comfortably racist’ remarks

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Australian
July 25, 2015

There’s a phenomenon afoot called casual racism. Seemingly less malevolent than intentional racism, it’s a careless and often subliminal form of abuse whose danger lies in the fact it normalises prejudice, perpetuates stereotypes and gives licence to bigotry.

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Gretel Bergmann, the world-class Jewish athlete Nazi Germany couldn’t hold down

BY VIC ALHADEFF

Sydney Morning Herald
April 12, 2015

Her name was deleted from the record books, but now the injustice is over.

The 1936 Berlin Olympics are infamous for the ploy with which Hitler sought to con the world that his country treated all Germans fairly, and famous for the achievements of Jesse Owens – the first athlete to win four gold medals, quashing the vaunted Aryan supremacy.

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Hizb ut-Tahrir leader’s speech reveals our peaceful values are taken for granted

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Australian
March 2, 2015

IMAGINE if a religious leader stood on the streets of Sydney and openly called for the murder of people of another faith. It happened recently, and barely a word of condemnation was heard.

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French village’s courage to hide Jews 70 years ago still resonates

BY VIC ALHADEFF

Sydney Morning Herald
January 27, 2015

Le Chambon sur Lignon is a tiny village in southern France. Seventy years ago its 5000 inhabitants displayed extraordinary courage to an extent rarely seen either then or now, yet whose humanitarianism resonates more poignantly and powerfully today than ever before.

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