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The Prisoners: A Prose Poem

Nobody here ever deserved to be a prisoner in their own eyes, a man said to me.  He was dressed rather nicely, so I thought he must be on the prison staff.  When I asked him, he said that he … Continue reading

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Book Review: Survival In Auschwitz: If This Is A Man

Survival In Aushwitz:  If This Is A Man, by Primo Levi In this short but powerful book, the author describes his own survival in World War II and some stories of those who did not make it.  The first part … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Drowned And The Saved

The Drowned And The Saved, by Primo Levi, translated by Raymond Rosenthal This is a book whose existence is dependent on other books, but it is no worse for that.  As the author was the survivor of German concentration camps … Continue reading

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The Trace Of Our Tears

There are some things that are a mystery when you are on the ground but which can become far more visible when looked at from a great distance.  For example, when one looks from the sky or from space, it … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Road To Rescue: The Untold Story Of Schindler’s List

The Road To Rescue:  The Untold Story Of Schindler’s List, by Mietek Pemper This book is a fascinating example of the sort of tell-all memoir that seeks to correct misunderstandings in the aftermath of something that is culturally significant, namely … Continue reading

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This War Of Ours Is Never Done

One of the illusions of ordinary life is that good and evil are to be found entire, that there are some people that are all good and others that are all evil, that one can join causes and have no … Continue reading

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Book Review: One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich

One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn It is said that when this novel was published that it was a shock and a surprise, not least because it was published (in a redacted form) with the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gulag: A History

Gulag:  A History, by Anne Applebaum Sometimes a book can miss the forest for the trees, and that is the case here.  This is not a bad book, unless you consider a book bad because it talks about horrifying subjects … Continue reading

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Book Review: Laogai

Laogai:  The Chinese Gulag, by Hongda Harry Wu Admittedly, the Laogai is far less famous than its Russian (gulag) and German (concentration camp) cousins, although it is something I have pondered about from time to time [1].  The author of … Continue reading

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A Thin Blue Line: Part Two

Having previously introduced the topic of the legitimacy of police and related professions within the Church of God community, I would like to take this time to discuss the nature of police action and how it appears within the Bible.  While … Continue reading

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