WBEZ | Holocaust http://www.wbez.org/tags/holocaust Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Changes afoot for No Child Left Behind http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-04-16/morning-shift-changes-afoot-no-child-left-behind-111885 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Sharon%20%26%20Nikki%20McCutcheon.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Flickr/Sharon &amp; Nikki McCutcheon" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201101696&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Feds investigating CPS&rsquo; CEO</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">There&rsquo;s word that Chicago public Schools CEO is being investigation by federal authorities over a multi-million dollar no bid contract. This comes as the CPS inspector general is looking in the matter as well and that action was spurred by an investigative piece by the education publication Catalyst Chicago. Catalyst Deputy Editor Sarah Karp gets us up to speed. Read the article <a href="http://catalyst-chicago.org/2015/04/feds-investigate-20-million-supes-contract-byrd-bennett-ties/">here</a>.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/CatalystChicago">Sara Karp</a> is the Deputy Editor of Catalyst Chicago.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201101692&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Changes afoot for No Child Left Behind</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is working on a bi-partisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act -- most recently known as No Child Left Behind. The law expired at the end of last year and a new version could shift how public schools operate going forward. Joining us now to talk about how the rewrite could affect schools in Illinois is Peter Cunningham, former press secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, Robin Steans, executive director of Advance Illinois, and the president of the National Education Association Lily Eskelsen-Garcia.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/pcunningham57">Peter Cunningham</a> is the former press secretary at the U.S. Department of Education.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em><a href="http://www.steansfamilyfoundation.org/bio_robin.shtml">Robin Steans</a> is the Executive Director of Advance Illinois.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em><a href="https://twitter.com/lily_nea">Lily Eskelsen-Garcia</a> is the President of the National Education Association.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201101689&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Indiana Dunes faces threats of private development</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">In 2012 the Indiana state legislature entered into an agreement with a company that would restore the 85-year old limestone pavilion that sits on the beach at Indiana Dunes State Park. Now plans to expand the building&rsquo;s footprint with an additional glass and steel conference center are moving forward. The state of Indiana calls it the perfect public/private partnership that will bring even more visitors and revenue to the popular park. Environmental groups are calling it a potential disaster for migrating birds and people wanting peace and quiet. WBEZ&rsquo;s Northwest Indiana reporter Michael Puente tells us what we the state might gain, and lose from the project.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/MikePuenteNews">Michael Puente</a> is WBEZ&#39;s North West Indiana Bureau reporter.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201101686&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Vatican Ends Scrutiny Of U.S. Nuns</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The Vatican has ended a controversial oversight of a group that represents most United States Catholic nuns. WBEZ Religion reporter Lynette Kalsnes provides details.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/LynetteKalsnes">Lynette Kalsnes</a> is a WBEZ reporter.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201101684&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Remembering the Holocaust 70 years later</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps. This Sunday, Jews from across the region will gather to remember and honor those who died. David Levine chairs the local Holocaust Remembrance Day, held at a synagogue in Skokie. Joining him is Henry Jelen, the co-chair of Yom HaShoah ceremony. They talk about the event, and the challenges of keeping history alive as the survivors pass away.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/illinoisnut">David Levine</a> is the chair of a Holocaust Remembrance Day in Skokie.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><i>Henry Jelen is the co-chair of the <a href="https://twitter.com/yom_hashoah">Yom HaShoah</a> ceremony.</i></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201101677&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Increased record sales put strain on vinyl pressers</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Vinyl records--like cassettes and CDs--are often thought of as a thing of the past. But vinyl has been making a comeback over the last decade. Last year, more than 9.2 million vinyl records sold in the U.S., according to a Nielsen report. And, as sales and production for vinyl has increased, the number of pressing plants has stayed the same. Some of the biggest American pressing plants are &ldquo;booked up&rdquo; currently. To get an inside view on the record pressing business as we approach Record Store Day this Saturday, we&rsquo;re joined by Matt Early, VP of Sales and marketing of Gotta Groove Records out of Ohio and local musician Dave Thompson.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><em>Matt Early is the VP of Sales at <a href="https://twitter.com/gottagrooverecs">Gotta Groove Records</a> in Ohio.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em><a href="https://twitter.com/bsidechicago">Dave Thompson</a> is the member of Chicago-based band Hidden Billboards.</em></p></p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-04-16/morning-shift-changes-afoot-no-child-left-behind-111885 Worldview: A history of racism and slavery in Brazil http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-02/worldview-history-racism-and-slavery-brazil-111643 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP978020942239_0.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speaks during a ceremony launching the Bem Simples program, at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193895570&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Racism and slavery in Brazil</span></font></div><div class="image-insert-image "><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-393f7673-dc5d-d247-5a04-b5989fb01369">Brazil&rsquo;s Afro population has dealt with centuries of historic structural racism and disenfranchisement. One of these groups, known as Quilombolas or Quilombos, are landless and descend from escaped or former African slaves. The administration of current Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, has been accused of &ldquo;dragging its feet&rdquo; on executing an already established &nbsp;reparations regime. We&rsquo;ll talk about racism in Brazil and current remedies with Ruth Needleman, professor emerita of Labor Studies at Indiana University. She&rsquo;s researched social justice issues, especially in the Americas and global South, for decades.&nbsp;</span></p><div><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-393f7673-dc5e-5fa1-0c20-dfc37e7b1fd0">Ruth Needleman is a p</span>rofessor emerita of Labor Studies at <a href="https://twitter.com/IUBloomington">Indiana University</a>.</em></div><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193901611&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">The Passenger: Holocaust put to opera</span></div><div><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3d6991d7-dc5f-e79a-0848-6615da9d4d5a">An opera that&rsquo;s getting its Chicago premiere takes a look at a difficult subject through an unusual lens. &ldquo;The Passenger&rdquo; is set partly in Auschwitz during World War II. The opera was nearly lost to history. It was written behind the Iron Curtain, and never performed during the composer&rsquo;s lifetime. Mezzo soprano Daveda Karanas is part of the recent revival of this work. She&rsquo;s here to give us a unique glimpse into the history of this tragic period in history, and the twisting path of the opera itself.&nbsp;</span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/Louisianadiva">Daveda Karanas</a> is the messo soprano for &quot;<a href="http://www.lyricopera.org/passenger">The Passenger</a>.&quot;</em></p></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-02/worldview-history-racism-and-slavery-brazil-111643 Morning Shift: Daughter of Holocaust survivor visits region in turmoil to reconnect with her roots http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-07-16/morning-shift-daughter-holocaust-survivor-visits <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/josh.ev9_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today, we look at the reasons for low minority enrollment in some elite schools on Chicago&#39;s North Side. And, a look at the CPS budget. And, host Ayana Contreras joins us for another Reclaimed Soul.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-60/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-60.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-60" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Daughter of Holocaust survivor visits region in turmoil to reconnect with her roots" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-07-16/morning-shift-daughter-holocaust-survivor-visits Morning Shift: A day of remembrance and a story of survival http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-28/morning-shift-day-remembrance-and-story-survival <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Holocaust remembrance Flickr Templar1307.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We mark Holocaust Remembrance Day with a story of two Catholics who helped rescue Jews in the Netherlands. We also look at how Chicago Catholics are celebrating the canonization of two popes. Plus, country music from Suzy Bogguss.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-a-day-of-remembrance-and-a-story-of/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-a-day-of-remembrance-and-a-story-of.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-a-day-of-remembrance-and-a-story-of" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: A day of remembrance and a story of survival" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 08:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-28/morning-shift-day-remembrance-and-story-survival Protests continue in Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-03/protests-continue-ukraine-109626 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Ukraine photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Viktor Yanukovych returned to work in Ukraine on Monday after taking a four-day sick leave. Despite his absence, protesters continued to demand his resignation. We&#39;ll get an update from Kiev.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ukraine-s-protests-continue/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ukraine-s-protests-continue.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ukraine-s-protests-continue" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Ukraine's protests continue" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-03/protests-continue-ukraine-109626 Deborah Lipstadt: The Eichmann Trial http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/deborah-lipstadt-eichmann-trial-106568 <p><p>The capture of Nazi leader <strong>Adolf Eichmann</strong> in 1960 in Argentina, and his subsequent trial by an Israeli court, electrified the world and sparked an international debate over how and by whom Nazi war criminals should be brought to justice.</p><div>Award-winning historian <strong>Deborah E. Lipstadt</strong>&rsquo;s 2011 book, &quot;<em>The Eichmann Trial</em>,&quot; examines not only the trial but also the dramatic effect that Holocaust survivors&rsquo; courtroom testimony had on a world that until then had commemorated the Holocaust without fully understanding what the victims and survivors actually had experienced.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, and the author of several books on the Holocaust, including &quot;<em>History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier</em>&quot; and &quot;<em>Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory</em>.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The &quot;New York Times Book Review&quot; described Lipstadt as having &ldquo;done a great service by&hellip; recovering the event as a gripping legal drama, as well as a hinge moment in Israel&rsquo;s history and in the world&rsquo;s delayed awakening to the magnitude of the Holocaust.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Lipstadt was a historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and helped design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American Response to the Holocaust. In 2012 President Obama reappointed her to the U.S. Holocaust Council.<br />&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/EC-webstory_15.jpg" title="" /></div></div><p>Recorded live Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Elmhurst College.</p></p> Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/deborah-lipstadt-eichmann-trial-106568 Illinois gun rights group criticized for invoking Holocaust http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-gun-rights-group-criticized-invoking-holocaust-85547 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-22/handgun_getty.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>An Illinois state senator wants a gun advocacy group to apologize for comparing alleged attacks on gun owners to the actions of Nazi Germany.&nbsp;</p><p>In the <a href="http://www.gunssavelife.com/GunNews/April2011s.pdf">April issue of GunNews</a>, publisher <a href="http://www.gunssavelife.com/">Guns Save Life</a> uses a gold Star of David with an article that compares the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust with that of Illinois gun owners battling to keep their names private.</p><p>Guns Save Life made the analogy in response to <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/4081908-418/madigan-foid-should-be-made-public.html">Attorney General Lisa Madigan's recent opinion</a> supporting the release of the names of all Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card holders in Illinois.&nbsp;</p><p>But Chicago Democrat Ira Silverstein said the group is using "a very poor analogy" in making its argument. He represents a legislative district that includes many Holocaust survivors, and he said comparing Attorney General Lisa Madigan's opinion to the Holocaust is absurd.</p><p>An updated version of the Guns Save Life's April newsletter defends the use of Holocaust imagery.</p><p>"This symbolism with the Holocaust is fair in that the slippery slope for the Jews in Germany began first with their identification, then disarmament then annihilation. Under Attorney General Madigan’s plan, Illinois gun owners will be identified publicly and will stand on the precipice of their own slippery slope towards ends unknown," wrote the editors.</p><p>The Illinois State Police oversee the records of all FOID card holders in the state, but until now has kept the information confidential. State police argue that confidentiality is necessary to protect individual safety and privacy.</p><p>Madigan rejected those arguments in issuing her opinion earlier this month, declaring the information a matter of public record. Opponents of the move are hoping to block the change in policy through legal or legislative means.</p><p>Guns Save Life president John Boch said Silverstein should thank the group for its advocacy of First and Second Amendment rights.</p></p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 14:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-gun-rights-group-criticized-invoking-holocaust-85547