Letters from the Front: Jewish War Heroes

PRIMARY SOURCE This Center for Jewish History site features letters from Jews who fought in the Red Army against the Germans in World War II. There is a wealth of primary sources material here that gives an entirely different view of World War II than is generally in textbooks.

Fighting for the Fatherland: The Patriotism of Jews in World War I

WEB RESOURCE This website by the Leo Beck Institute focuses on the German Jewish experience during World War I as they fought for the Fatherland.

Access Islam ‚?? Timeline

WEB RESOURCE This timeline of events related to the founding and spread of Islam covers from 660 to 2005, with sections on the life of Mohammed and the first caliphs, the Umayyads, the Abbasids, The Sejuks, and Fatimids, the Ottomans, Safavids and Mughals, and the Modern Era. A last timeline from 1530 to 2006 highlights the history of Muslims in America.

Religion and Conflict Case Studies

CASE STUDIES This collection of case studies provides a resource for teachers, students, and policy professionals seeking a deeper understanding of religion‚??s complex role in conflicts and peace building around the world. Each case looks at religion not in isolation but as it interacts with other domestic and international factors.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day - January 27th

WEB RESOURCE This site has a rich array of materials related to Holocaust Remembrance Day. It features photo archives, a database of Shoah Victims, slideshows, video, and much more.

Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust by Karen G. Ruelle.

CHILDREN'S BOOK From 1940-44 the Nazis occupied Paris, France. The staff of the Grand Mosque in Paris rescued at least 100 possibly as many as 1732 Jews, POW‚??s, and Muslims, including children. This true story also describes the inspections by the Nazi soldiers, the Kabyles Resistance, and a hospital with a Muslim doctor who rescued and treated Jewish children and Allied soldiers.

Comparing Religious Liberty: A Roundtable Discussion

WEB VIDEO On April 3, 2013, Stanford's Constitutional Law Center hosted and academic panel on the topic "Comparing Religious Liberty: A Roundtable Discussion." This video of this discussion, which focused on religious liberty in France, Turkey and the U.S., was moderated by Jim Sonne, director of Stanford's Religious Liberty Clinic with Stanford Law School Professors Michael McConnell & Jack Rakove, Assistant Professor Kabir Tambar from Stanford's Department of Anthropology and Denis Lacorne from SciencesPo Paris serving as featured speakers.

Shtetl Life

WEB RESOURCE This video from the PBS series The Story of the Jews explores Jewish life under Russian rule at the turn of the 20th Century by analyzing photographs of shtetl life taken by a group of Jewish ethnographers. When Jews in the Polish-Lithuanian kingdom came under Russian rule, they were expelled to the Pale of Settlement that stretched from the Baltic to the Black Sea. These photographs revealed the diverse occupations of the Jews and the ways in which shtetl life preserved a sense of community even for a community in exile.