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The Dutch Resistance Museum

This entry is part 11 of 18 in the series Amsterdam Museums

The following is one of my occasional series on small Amsterdam museums: “That was pretty interesting” is high praise indeed, when it comes from my 17-year-old son after a visit to a museum. The Verzetsmuseum—Dutch Resistance Museum—in Amsterdam is one of very few that have earned a “pretty interesting” from him. Documenting not just the…

The sound of the siren

Jerusalem, July 30, 2014 I experienced my first siren last night: the signal warning of an incoming Hamas rocket. Darkness had fallen and I was visiting my cousins at their moshav (a uniquely Israeli planned village) for dinner. We decided that my cousin Tamar would walk us around to see the features of the moshav….

Israel and Palestine: Toddlers in a Sandbox

I first posted about Israel and the Palestinians back in February 2010. Here is my original post, with some comments afterwards: Two toddlers are playing in a sandbox, while their mothers sit on a park bench, enjoying the sun, catching up on each other’s lives. All of a sudden, the mothers hear a howl, then quickly…

Syria and the “red line”

I’m still on the fence about Syria: I don’t know whether “we” (which seems to mean whatever part of the world agrees) should intervene or not. What puzzles me is why this debate is happening now. Someone in Syria, probably Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, used poisoned gas to kill something like 1400 people, including…

Living Among the Dead

As we were driving through the countryside on the way to Gent from Ypres the other day, it occurred to me that these people – the ones who live in the houses we were passing – live among the dead. There are graveyards everywhere, for one thing. One website lists 160 of them in the Ypres…

In Flanders Fields Museum

  An effective museum doesn’t just display items drily in glass cases; an effective museum gives those items meaning to the people viewing them. It entertains, but it also makes visitors think. It gives the items an emotional weight. The In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium, is one of the most effective museums I’ve…

Will and Kate and Osama

I’m in London right now. I hasten to add that I did NOT come here for the wedding; some of my American cousins were going to be here on Saturday, so I decided to come here to see them. Then, when the wedding was announced, I decided ‘What the hell, I’ll go see that as…

Toddlers in a Sandbox

Two toddlers are playing in a sandbox, while their mothers sit on a park bench, enjoying the sun, catching up on each other’s lives. All of a sudden, the mothers hear a howl, then quickly a second howl, and look up to see the toddlers both tugging on the same bucket. “It’s mine!” “No, it’s…

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