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February 2007

Justice Matters

A 14-minute documentary about a Chicago psychologist who managed to have a German family awarded the Yad Vashem “Righteous Among the Nations” title for saving her father’s life in April 1945. The recognition represents the culmination of a long, difficult personal and professional journey for Mona Sue Weissmark, psychology professor and author of “Justice Matters.” The documentary aired nationwide on WDR German television (1.channel in Germany) and was just distributed to schools and churches throughout Germany.

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Lincoln’s finest hour

On August 23, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln wrote the following memorandum and asked his Cabinet members to sign it on the back side of the paper without reading it (to forestall leaks): “This morning, as for some days past, it seems exceedingly probable that this Administration will not be re-elected. Then it will be my duty to so co-operate with the President elect, as to save the Union between the election and inauguration; as he will have secured his election on such ground that he cannot possibly save it afterwards.”

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WWII and This Mighty Scourge

McPherson looks at, “the only war in modern times as to which we can be sure, first, that no skill or patience of diplomacy would have avoided it; and second, that preservation of the American Union and abolition of negro slavery were two vast triumphs of good by which even the inferno of war was justified.”

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