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Opinion | Remembering the Holocaust: ‘A Necessary Discomfort’

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To the Editor:

“Of Nazis, Crimes and Punishment,” by Margaret Renkl (Op-Ed, March 9):

For survivors, like those in our museum’s Speakers Bureau, the Holocaust is not some vague, far-off memory. They continue to live with the trauma, and their testimonies include detailed recollections of the horrors they faced, even 75 years later.

Friedrich Karl Berger, the subject of the essay, recently deported to Germany by the United States for taking part in Nazi war crimes, shows no remorse and appears to believe that the passage of time absolves him of any responsibility. At the same time, many survivors and their descendants have made lifelong, multigenerational commitments to remember and share their stories. Why should Mr. Berger be allowed to forget?

The thought of deporting or incarcerating a 95-year-old man may make some uncomfortable, but it is a necessary discomfort to be reminded that the Holocaust did not happen all that long ago but within many of our lifetimes. Today’s work is to ensure that it never happens again, and that requires accountability.

Jack Kliger
New York
The writer is president and chief executive of the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and the son of Holocaust survivors.

Sorry, New York Bagels Are Better

To the Editor:

Re “Rising in the West” (Critic’s Notebook, Food, March 10):

Tejal Rao says the bagels at Boichik Bagels in Berkeley “are some of the finest New York-style bagels” she’s ever tasted. I beg to differ.

I grew up in Hartsdale, N.Y., in the 1950s. My grandparents brought bagels and bialys from the Bronx most Sundays, so I know what New York bagels taste like.

After moving to Oakland, I was excited to try Boichik bagels. The flavor is good, but they lack the dense chewiness of real bagels. The bialys are not even close. Unlike real bialys, they are fluffy and their center is onion confit.

I’ll grant that Boichik bagels are better than most on the West Coast, but they do not compare with New York bagels.

Bonnie Steinbock
Oakland, Calif.

Do You Really Need That Second Fridge?

To the Editor:

“A Bigger Chill: Real Cold Comfort” (Food, Feb. 24), about the second fridge as essential to many Americans, highlights our magical thinking on the environment and our own personal budgets.

With 30 to 40 percent of American food going into the trash, people are obviously buying, and not using, a fair amount of food.

Perhaps we don’t need that second fridge for a typical family of four. I know many Europeans with families of the same size who have a single fridge that is a third smaller than the standard American fridge, and do just fine.

Sara Nesbitt
Ancram, N.Y.

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