Memory and forgetting. Here’s why and how to remember the Nazis’ many many victims

by Rashmee

Posted on January 27, 2021


Every year, January 27 is given over to remembering the Holocaust but might there be rather more merit in the German state’s official designation of this day since 1996? For 25 years, Germany has called January 27 ‘Day of Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism’. On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz, the largest Nazi extermination … Continue reading “Memory and forgetting. Here’s why and how to remember the Nazis’ many many victims”

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Does the clue to Priti Patel’s extraordinary actions on Israel lie in her surname?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 9, 2017


A day before the forced resignation – sacking by another name – of Priti Patel, Britain’s secretary of international development, a white British man asked me if the cabinet minister’s background might offer any clues to her predicament. He asked the question with some trepidation, possibly out of concern I might take it amiss. But … Continue reading “Does the clue to Priti Patel’s extraordinary actions on Israel lie in her surname?”

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It’s worth visiting world’s first ghetto, where the very word came into being. Especially now

by Rashmee

Posted on April 14, 2017


If you’re visiting Venice, look away for a few hours from the beauty of the bridges, the light on the water, the poetry in stone of the city’s buildings. Head for the Ghetto, the world’s very first (known) experiment in organized exclusion of a whole community based on religion, race and fear-mongering. The word “ghetto” … Continue reading “It’s worth visiting world’s first ghetto, where the very word came into being. Especially now”

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Testour’s mosque with its Star of David represents faith, hope and charity

by Rashmee

Posted on January 3, 2016


On our year-end travels around Tunisia, we pass through Oued Zarga, a little town on the wadi (river) Zarga, which flows down from Algeria. It is rich in fruit and vegetables and is charming as only a relatively unimportant mountain town can be. Oued Zarga is not like Beja to the west – rich and … Continue reading “Testour’s mosque with its Star of David represents faith, hope and charity”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK