Stop Monetizing the Holocaust

Scan of original postcard from Paris 1946 from Litvin Archives
I blasted someone on twitter today for retweeting a colorized photo of a Nazi Death Camp victim. I said, Stop Monetizing the Holocaust. And he quickly deleted the comment on the retweeted tweet that is below and made a new one with better wording.  
You may say that since I have a book on the Holocaust, I am guilty of monetizing the Holocaust. I don't think so. There is a difference between writing a Holocaust memoir and creating an entire industry that earns millions of dollars on the macabre and morbid Holocaust tourism and promotion by museums etc.
I know you will say, We can't let people forget!  But all I hear is my mother's voice saying over and over, "The world will never let us forget." She knew that even while she was still a prisoner at Auschwitz in Poland and then a slave laborer at the Krupps Factory in Germany which was a part of the Nazi industrialism that made huge fortunes off of slaves.
It was her prediction that the world would sensationalize the agonies for entertainment. And she kept talking about it for the rest of her long life. She made it to 87 years. She is gone now but her voice is still in my head telling the world to lay off.


Delhi, a city full of ruins, but more importantly a foodie heaven by Shishir Thadani

If you have lived in Delhi or have read the Lonely Planet Guide - you probably know that Delhi is a city full of ruins.
My view of ruins is that they may be great for kids to play Hide n Seek in - but they shouldn't be advertised as tourist attractions. Investigate them for their historical relevance by all means but I'd question your artistic sensibility if you saw them as a great civilizational legacy.
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Defence Colony in New Delhi
I just flew back on an Air India flight to SFO. Over 16 hrs on a plane - so I saw three movies - including a pretty engrossing Korean detective film - and a Hindi film about a 102 year old man and his relationship with his 70 something son. Not as gripping as the Korean film - but I'd give it points for being thoughtful and original.
However, what was really annoying were these ads selling Delhi as a tourist destination. I could have just puked (OK - I exaggerate!)
But apart from all those (ugly) ruins, does Delhi have anything to sell? Of course - but first, throw away that silly Lonely Planet thing that too many Western tourists swear by.
For a start, if you have a taste for rich, flavorful and savory dishes, or sumptuous desserts, it can simply be foodie heaven. Not just for local standards like Chhole Bhature, Zeera Aaloo, Rajma (or Kadhi) Chawal - or the many variety of Kababs, Mutton curries, or Chicken dishes - but also for a delectable sampling of cuisines from all across India and its neighborhood.
For instance, few know that Delhi has an outstanding Bihari restaurant. A little research and you'll discover that you can also get very good Bengali fare, or Manipuri, or Marathi, or Marwari. If you are a little more adventurous, you might also discover Naga cuisine. There are also place to try dishes from Assam or Odisha. Feel like a Neer Dosa (Mangalorean) or a Ragi Dosa (from Uttara Kannada) apart from the ubiquitous Udupi-style ones - you got it. Whether it is delicious Malabar, or uniquely tongue-burning Chettinadu or Andhra fare, - it is all there. And almost every Chaat shop has Dhokla (or even Khandvi) these days.
Venture out a little further - and there are some fine places for Tibetan or Bhutanese food. And there is no dearth of good Thai restaurants. Even Burmese. And several pan-Asian eateries will serve an excellent Khao Shwey, or Malaysian Laksa.
Furthermore, Delhi's restaurant interiors have gone up several notches. Whether you are at a popular university area cafe or at a more upscale Indian gourmet restaurant - there is plenty of ethnic chic to go around. Even seating at any of Delhi's Cafe Coffee Day outlets is likely to be more comfortable than at Starbucks.
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Defence Colony, in New Delhi
So if you are in Delhi - indulge your stomach - chill at a charming little cafe, browse around at trendy and luxurious boutiques, and in March - work off those extra calories at one of Delhi's many parks. On a clear and breezy spring day, you will see exuberant bursts of color in beautifully landscaped roundabouts and neighborhood gardens throughout South and Central Delhi.
Do it right and you'll go away never wanting to see another decrepit ruin in your life!!!

Opinion: We are missing an opportunity to ameliorate a burning issue. Let's have a sit-down with #IlanOmar

Naomi Litvin
We are missing an opportunity to ameliorate the burning issue of U.S. Representative Ilan Omar's anti-semitic behavior. The outcry on social and mainstream media are doing nothing to help and fueling the firestorm. I agree that Omar should not be on the Foreign Relations Committee. There needs to be a new committee, one for Race and Religious Prejudice. We can put her on it. Let's have a sit-down with Ilan Omar, close the door and actually have civil discourse. Is that possible? It is time to bring the Peace Process to America. These highly emotional diversions against Israel, coupled with Omar's purported association with radical Muslim groups do nothing to help. The current firestorm of violence and hatred aimed at Jews worldwide, yellow journalism, and BDS continue to fuel the fire. The rhetoric of two new House of Representative members, who are the first Muslim members elected to Congress, bring an even more divided America. Let us work on our relationships within the United States of America for a while, and let Israel continue to handle its own business.