Articles

A rigid belief in freedom is driving France and the U.S. to tragedy

Monday November 16, 2020, The Globe and Mail When my children were young, derisive “Newfie” jokes were all the rage. I didn’t allow them in my house; I’d lived in France as a student and learned enough about pre-war history to know that plural societies can exist peacefully only within an ethos of mutual respect. […]

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The New Solitudes

Canada was once defined by the schism between English and French. Today, our divide is increasingly ideological. Can it be bridged? By Erna Paris | Illustration by Barry Blitt The Walrus, Updated Aug. 20, 2020 | Published Mar. 12, 2011 It was November 26, 2009, and I happened to be in Ottawa with a few […]

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A former Nazi guard’s trial shows us that indifference can be as deadly as passion

Monday July 27, 2020, The Globe and Mail Last week, a Hamburg state court found Bruno Dey, 93, a former SS tower guard at the Stutthof concentration camp, guilty of complicity in 5,232 counts of murder: the exact number of human beings destroyed during his tenure there in 1944-45. Because Mr. Dey was a boy […]

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Lawlessness, debauchery, scapegoating, murder … the Black Death didn’t bring out the best in people

Sunday, May 17, 2020, The Star Today’s coronavirus has echoes not just of more recent pandemics but of the medieval plague, a disease of unkown origin that unleashed terrible fear and hatred. In the following excerpt from her 2015 book, From Tolerance to Tyranny: A Cautionary Tale from Fifteenth-Century Spain, Erna Paris narrates the European […]

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Behold a Pale Horse

Dear Visitors, Welcome to my website. Given what the world is currently experiencing with the contemporary plague of Covid 19, I thought I’d post my chapter on the Black Death of the Fourteenth Century from my book From Tolerance to Tyranny: A Cautionary Tale From Fifteenth Century Spain. (Earlier published as The End of Days.) […]

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