Memorializing the Night – Elie Wiesel’s boyhood home in Sighetu, Romania

In a remote corner of northern Romania, a mile from the border of Ukraine, sits a modest blue home at the intersection of two city streets.  A small plaque memorializes this abode, the house whence Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel and his family were deported during World War II. The home, which is now a museum, supposedly… Read More Memorializing the Night – Elie Wiesel’s boyhood home in Sighetu, Romania

9/11 Memorial and Museum in NYC – a hot tourist spot for foreigners

“. . .  And please be respectful.  There are always families here.” The security guard, a former Marine, was absolutely serious as we exited the screening room.  We watched the 9/11 Memorial and Museum introduction video in a hall filled with non-English speakers.  Maybe they were new Americans.  Maybe not.  My guess is mostly they… Read More 9/11 Memorial and Museum in NYC – a hot tourist spot for foreigners

October 31 – Halloween pales in comparison

On 31 October 1517, one man took a single brave action and changed the course of western civilization.  After a series of significant events and after careful study of the Bible, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.  The wooden entrance of that church has since been replaced… Read More October 31 – Halloween pales in comparison