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11 events to accompany Smithsonian exhibition in Essex

11 events to accompany Smithsonian exhibition in Essex

11 events to accompany Smithsonian exhibition in Essex | News |  Gloucester Daily Times

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Atlanta History Center’s September events lineup announced

Atlanta History Center’s September events lineup announced

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – The Atlanta History Center has announced its full slate of events for September 2022. It’s headlined by an Author Talks event with photographer Tabitha Soren. Other Author Talks include Bill Browder and history author Jonathan Darman. There are plenty of events for school-age children as well.

Toddler Storytime: Falling for Fall

  • WHAT: The monthly program for young toddlers returns in September with a fall focus. The event will once again include arts and crafts projects and story time. Tickets begin at $8 for children ages six and up and $15 for adults. Children from ages one to five and museum members can get in free.
  • WHERE: Atlanta History Center
  • WHEN: Sept. 7, 10 a.m.

Author Talks: Jonathan Darman

  • WHAT: History author Jonathan Darman will join Author Talks to discuss his book Becoming FDR: The Personal Crisis that Made a President. The book chronicles how Roosevelt’s battles with polio helped create the man as he is seen in popular memory. The former Newsweek correspondent also wrote Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America.
  • WHERE: Virtual
  • WHEN: Sept. 8, 7 p.m.

Homeschool Day: If These Walls Could Talk

  • WHAT: This month’s Homeschool Days event focuses on how history can be learned by visiting the places where it happened. Visitors will learn how history can be examined by visiting spaces and examining objects that the people of the past lived in and used. Tickets are $9 for children four and up and $15 for adults. Members and children under three are free.
  • WHERE: Atlanta History Center
  • WHEN: Sept. 15, 10 a.m.

Author Talks: Tabitha Soren

  • WHAT: The former MTV News, ABC News, and NBC News reporter will stop by Author Talks to discuss her project Surface Tension. She uses an iPad screen and an 8×10 film camera to capture images. Tickets for the event are $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
  • WHERE: Kennedy Theater
  • WHEN: Sept. 15, 7 p.m.

Author Talks: Bill Browder

  • WHAT: Author Bill Browder will discuss his book Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath. Browder was one of Russia’s largest foreign investors until it all fell apart; his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was murdered over his attempts to uncover a $230 million tax refund scheme and Browder decided to follow the money. It led right to Vladimir Putin. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
  • WHERE: Grand Overlook Ballroom
  • WHEN: Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
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History of the NHL Draft: From Campbell’s Concept to Worldwide Event

History of the NHL Draft: From Campbell's Concept to Worldwide Event

The father of the NHL draft would probably have trouble comprehending his creation today.

When then-league president Clarence Campbell instituted the draft, first held 59 years ago, it was a simple and not particularly relevant affair in which the best young hockey talent didn’t participate due to an archaic, unbalanced system which allowed teams to lock up future stars early. Yet the draft’s form and relevance in 2022 would be sure to both shock and evoke admiration in Campbell, who introduced it as a means of doing away with the old ways, giving birth to what became a layered, complex and comprehensive mechanism of distributing the sport’s youthful prodigies equitably throughout the league.

Perhaps Campbell, who died in 1984, would be more wowed by an NHL made up of 32 teams, rather than the Original Six era over which he partially presided during his 31-year tenure. Yet it’s undeniable that Campbell, who was instrumental in the league’s expansion, would be amazed by what began as such a modest endeavor in 1963.

2019 NHL Draft Floor
The floor of Vancouver’s Rogers Arena before the 2019 NHL Draft (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Today’s draft utilizes a lottery system that’s gone through several incarnations, all of them focused on the enduring idea of forging the fairest method of access to the top young players. The driving force behind that is the ongoing battle to disincentivize “tanking” in order to guarantee a shot at a generational talent, which the NHL identified as a threat to the integrity of its product nearly 30 years ago and began to adjust accordingly.

Modern NHL Draft Had Very Humble Beginnings

As foreign as today’s draft process would seem to Campbell, a look back at the 1963 draft is equally disorienting for the present-day fan: Four rounds, 21 total selections, most of them no-names – and all of them Canadian. The only ones of note? Second overall pick Peter Mahovlich, who recorded 773 points in 884 games and is the brother of Hockey Hall of Famer Frank Mahovlich; and defenseman Jim McKenny, who enjoyed a 604-game NHL career and was the only player in that draft besides Peter Mahovlich to earn All-Star honors. Five of the original 21 picks made it to the NHL.

It’s been quite the journey from those days to the seven-round, 225-player, two-day fully televised event of 2022 that’s scheduled to take place July 7-8 at Montreal’s Bell Centre. For instance, the draft order 59 years ago was determined by giving teams the choice of where they would select, starting with the club that had the worst record the season prior. In the ensuing drafts, the teams would then move up one spot in the order – regardless of season record.

The cellar-dwelling Boston Bruins, for some reason, chose to pick third instead of first. The Detroit Red Wings opted not to make their third- and fourth-round choices, and the Chicago Black Hawks (then spelled out as two words) elected not to draft a player with their fourth-round selection.

Former NHL president Clarence Campbell, the father of the draft

Yet as alien as all of that must seem today, the first draft marked the beginning of tearing down the inequitable process of player procurement that was in place. Campbell’s genius was in his correct assessment that the system was a dinosaur that had to go for the NHL to grow into the type of mass-appeal league that it is now – one in which a handful of powerful teams couldn’t hoard future stars and thus, largely prohibit long-term success for all but those select few.

Prior to inception of the draft, the very best prospects were spoken for early. NHL teams did that by sponsoring amateur teams and players, which through contracts tied those players to the team sponsoring their amateur clubs, thus giving NHL organizations total control over their pro future. For example, Hall of Fame defenseman Bobby Orr, who would have almost certainly been the first pick in the draft, signed with the Boston Bruins in 1962 at age 14 after they had paid $1,000 in Canadian dollars to sponsor Orr’s minor team the year before. Fellow Hall of Famer Phil Esposito, with whom Orr teamed to make the Bruins into a 1970s powerhouse, was signed as a teenager by the Black Hawks and played four seasons with them before being traded to Boston in 1967.

Campbell instituted the draft precisely for the next phase of transformation that began July 1, 1967, with the direct sponsorship of lower-level teams by NHL clubs to be phased out going forward, and sponsored players being prohibited from signing deals that tied them to NHL teams. The first draft conducted after the full elimination of that system occurred in 1969 – which came two seasons after the league had doubled in size to 12 teams, making the new rules timely in leveling the talent procurement playing field for the new clubs – and was perhaps the first that bore some resemblance to the drafts of today.

Bobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers drafted Hall of Fame forward Bobby Clarke in the second round in 1969 (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images)

Six future All-Stars emerged from those selections, including Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke of the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round. There was also Butch Goring, a cornerstone of the New York Islanders’ early-1980s dynasty who was chosen in the fifth round by the Los Angeles Kings, and standout center Ivan Boldirev, who recorded 866 points in 1,053 career games. That draft included five non-Canadian players, more than all of the previous drafts combined.

Draft Started to Undergo Major Changes as NHL Grew

The draft’s evolution continued. The rules were changed again in 1979 to allow players who had previously played professionally to be drafted, and a new name came along with that – the NHL Amateur Draft taking on its current moniker, the NHL Entry Draft. Starting in 1980, any player between the age of 18 and 20 became eligible to be drafted, with any non-North American player over the age of 20 also able to be chosen.

Yet another major shift occurred that year, with the draft becoming a public event, taking place at the Montreal Forum after previously being held in Montreal hotels or league offices in private. Four years later, the draft was televised live for the first time, by the CBC in English and French, and in 1987 was held in the United States for the first time, at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena.

Speaking of Montreal: Though it hardly benefited the Canadiens (contrary to popular myth), the team that built a dynasty that stretched from the late 1960s through the late 70s briefly enjoyed an agreement with the league that allowed them to draft two French-Canadian players before any other team, an arrangement in place for the first seven NHL drafts. The Habs didn’t add any significant pieces to their storied ranks, though; in fact, they didn’t even use it for the first five years. That’s because most top-tier prospects were still unavailable due to the sponsorship pacts.

Montreal’s real advantage, of course, flowed from the system that Campbell had worked to eliminate. With extensive sponsorship agreements, the Canadiens had built a feeder program which they used to control most of the elite prospects in their talent-rich home province of Quebec – and in other parts of North America as well. The seven-year French-Canadian agreement with the NHL was a compensatory move for the Habs losing that vast infrastructure, though it ended up having little impact.

Gilbert Perreault
Hall of Famer Gilbert Perreault was taken first overall by the expansion Buffalo Sabres in the 1970 draft (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)

Had that agreement not expired after 1969, the year that the sponsorship system was fully eliminated, the Canadiens surely would have leveraged the privilege to grab future Hall of Fame center Gilbert Perreault in 1970. Perreault was instead drafted first overall by the expansion Buffalo Sabres, for whom he starred for 17 years – a textbook example of the egalitarian talent distribution Campbell hoped to foster with a draft, one that would nurture new members of a rising league.

The draft was doing just that, morphing and developing with the times, both in concert with political events and the natural growth of the NHL. One of the most significant periods of change occurred in the late 1980s and 1990s, when the fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe and the NHL’s expansion into non-traditional markets – seven teams were added between 1991 and 1999 – increased the importance of the draft. It fed the league’s new reach, eventually placing stars such as the San Jose Sharks’ Patrick Marleau, the Ottawa Senators’ Alexei Yashin and Marian Hossa, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Vincent Lecavalier and Paul Kariya of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim into new hockey cities in those franchises’ early days.

Related: 2022 NHL Draft Guide

The North American arrival of Russian and Eastern Bloc talent that began as a trickle toward the end of the Soviet Union’s days, and which accelerated with its breakup in 1991, forever changed the draft and the league. The European influence on the NHL, now more than 30 years along, has made the game faster and more skilled after Canadian players and their physical style had dominated the league since its beginning.

Teams that were quick to recognize the opportunity Eastern European players presented benefited early through the draft. Most notable were the Red Wings, who selected Sergei Fedorov in the fourth round and Vladimir Konstantinov in the 11th in 1989 and Slava Kozlov in the third round in 1990. Along with fellow Soviet stars Slava Fetisov and Igor Larionov, they formed the Russian Five, which helped the Wings to two Stanley Cups and played a significant role in sparking the sea change in the league’s style of play.

Sergei Fedorov of the Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings’ early foray into Russian talent in the draft netted them players like Hall of Famer Sergei Fedorov Mandatory Credit: Tom Pigeon /Allsport

The New York Rangers similarly benefited during that time, with Alexei Kovalev (15th overall in 1990), Sergei Zubov (fifth round, 1990) and Sergei Nemchinov (12th round, 1990) playing critical roles in the Blueshirts’ ending of a 54-year Stanley Cup drought in 1994. Kovalev, Zubov, Nemchinov and defenseman Alexander Karpovtsev became the first Russians to have their names engraved on the Cup.

Desire to Eliminate ‘Tanking’ Greatly Influences Current Draft Form

Along the way, the draft has produced the type of anticipation, missed opportunities and lore that fans love to debate and discuss, adding a rich chapter to the NHL’s history. There were No. 1 overall pick busts like Alexandre Daigle, Patrik Stefan and Nail Yakupov, and incredible steals like Nicklas Lidstrom (third round in 1989), Brett Hull (sixth round, 1984) and Henrik Lundqvist (seventh round, 2000). Wayne Gretzky wasn’t drafted, joining the NHL when the World Hockey Association folded in 1979 and his Edmonton Oilers were absorbed by the NHL. Artemi Panarin, among the best offensive players in the league today, never heard his name called during the 2010 draft.

There was the star-studded 2003 draft, among the most talent-laden in history, and the 1979 edition that even without Gretzky produced seven Hall of Famers and numerous other stars who would shape the NHL for the next 20-plus years. There were bleak drafts which delivered few future stars, such as 2012 and the famously talent-bereft first round of 1976.

Mark Messier of the Edmonton Oilers
Mark Messier wasn’t selected until the third round of the 1979 draft by the Edmonton Oilers (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

Gary Bettman, the first man to hold the position of NHL commissioner and who has been in the job since 1993, has never been shy about tinkering with the draft in a quest to keep it as fair as possible. Since the inception of a weighted lottery in 1995, that system has undergone numerous tweaks and adjustments, a reaction to events such as what appeared to be an obvious tanking battle between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils during the 1983-84 season to get in position to draft phenom Mario Lemieux first overall. The Penguins’ “winning” of that race to the bottom laid the foundation for Stanley Cups in 1991 and ’92.

While the motivation for bad teams to play as badly as possible in order to secure a higher draft position will always provide temptation, the lottery system has done its best to discourage it. The crucial disincentive has been the chances of any team that misses the playoffs, albeit much smaller that that of the bottom feeders, to jump up to one of the top spots – such as the Rangers in 2020, when after a 37-28-5 season, they won the lottery and the right to draft first overall, taking forward Alexis Lafreniere.

The latest manifestation of the lottery, which debuts this year in the 60th NHL draft, gives better odds and outcomes to the worst teams – in fact, the draft host Canadiens, who went into the lottery with the best chance to capture the top pick, did just that. Other new wrinkles for 2022, such as limiting the number of spots a team can move up to 10 and a prohibition on a team winning the lottery more than twice in a five-year period, speak to an NHL that understands the importance of the draft and is fully committed to maintaining Campbell’s vision: An even and just dispersement of the next generation of stars to its franchises.

2022 NHL Draft Lottery Montreal Canadiens First Overall
Bill Daly announces the Montreal Canadiens’ winning of the 2022 draft lottery (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

The NHL draft will likely never approach the popularity of its NFL counterpart in pomp and viewership, given that league’s place in American culture. Yet the transformation of the NHL draft from what amounted to a mostly less-than-impactful administrative meeting in 1963 to its present-day model, one held in NHL arenas with fans present to watch the next generation of players – and millions more watching on TV or online – is nothing short of remarkable. Reaching that point has been a result of the league’s rise and spread throughout North America, the onset of the media age and the recognized importance among front offices and fans of young building blocks to create a base for sustained championship contention.

Could Campbell have foreseen all of this? Probably not. It would have been difficult for even the most imaginative mind to make such a leap. Yet at its core, the NHL Entry Draft of 2022 and beyond represents exactly what Campbell was trying to do – forge a mechanism that would be central to allowing the league to eventually become the major sports entity with huge reach that it is today.

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May 21 storm sixth costliest weather event in Canadian history, Insurance Bureau of Canada says

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The storm that toppled trees and hydro poles in Ottawa caused more than $875 million in insured damage as it swept from southern Ontario into Quebec May 21, according to initial estimates.

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Damage is estimated at over $720 million in Ontario and $155 million in Quebec according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc., the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) said in a release.

The bureau pointed to the widespread destruction, deaths — at least five in the Ottawa area and ten across Ontario —  and widespread power outages.

“The derecho event ranks as the sixth largest in terms of insured losses in Canadian history and is a sobering reminder of the increasing risk climate change poses to communities across Canada,” IBC said in the release.

“IBC continues to advocate for a National Adaptation Strategy that will result in tangible short-term measures that improve Canada’s climate defence. Governments at all levels must act with urgency to prioritize investments that reduce the impact of these severe weather events on families and communities.”

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Eight of the costliest disaster in Canadian history have happened since 2011.

Top 10 natural disasters in Canada by insurance payouts (2021 dollars)

  1. Fort McMurray wildfires, 2016, $4 billion
  2. Eastern ice storm, 1998, $2.3 billion
  3. Southern Alberta floods, 2013, $1.8 billion
  4. Alberta hailstorm, 2020, $1.2 billion
  5. Toronto flood, 2013, $1 billion
  6. Ontario-Quebec windstorm, 2022, $875 million
  7. Toronto flood, 2005, $780 million
  8. Ontario windstorm, 2018, $695 million
  9. British Columbia flood, 2021, $675 million
  10. Slave Lake fire, 2011, $600 million

Wind damage is usually covered by home, commercial property and auto insurance policies, IBC said.

The bureau was on the ground in Ottawa after the storm and said residents with insurance questions can reach them at 1-844-227-5422) or and find more information about wind damage online.

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B.C. floods were most costly weather event in provincial history: insurance bureau | CBC News

B.C. floods were most costly weather event in provincial history: insurance bureau | CBC News

November’s floods in British Columbia that swamped homes and farms, swept away roads and bridges and killed five people are now the most costly weather event in provincial history.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada made the statement as it released the latest cost estimate of $675 million, and that’s only for damage that was insured.

The previous estimate was $515 million in losses, but the bureau says in a statement that much of the increase is due to business claims in places where commercial insurance is more available.

In contrast, it says many residents were located in high-risk flood areas where insurance coverage isn’t available, which could cost all levels of government “well into the billions of dollars.”

So-called atmospheric rivers flowed over southwestern B.C. for days in November, bringing record rainfall and quickly swelling waterways.

Mudslides swept people away in their cars, rivers carved new routes and washed out highways and bridges, cutting off major highways into the Interior, which stopped the supply chain from the coast to the rest of the country.

“While the insured losses from the November flood events are increasing, it is clear that the overwhelming majority of costs for this disaster will be borne by government,” said Aaron Sutherland, a vice-president with the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

The bureau is a member of the federal, provincial and territorial task force on flood insurance and says it has put forward options to create a residential flood insurance program that includes a public-private partnership model.

It says that idea would help make affordable insurance available to residents in high-risk areas.

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B.C. community to hold first official Pride event in its history – Penticton Western News

B.C. community to hold first official Pride event in its history - Penticton Western News

Vanderhoof will hold the first Pride walk in the community’s history at Riverside Park in the afternoon on June 25. Pride walk organizer Kjerstina Larsen said the event is about “celebrating and embracing the idea that we are all equal.”

Larsen has been preparing for the event since last summer and hopes to have stations set up with face-painting, rock painting, beading, coloring, a reading corner and photo station.

“It’s kind of a free-for-all. I’m going to encourage people to dress up rainbow. If they don’t have stuff I have purchased over 30 flags… Hopefully with that and everyone’s existing rainbow stuff there will be enough,” Larsen said.

“The spirit I’m hoping to go for is mostly just to draw out a lot of allies… So they have the opportunity to show up and support.”

Larsen said there has been some controversy around LGBTQ2+ issues in Vanderhoof with some in the community not feeling safe to express their identities openly.

Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen said he’s planning to attend and that the district council fully endorses Pride.

“What I’m hearing from council is that we want to show that not only are we an inclusive community but that we value each and every citizen in our community,” Thiessen said.

“We want to make sure that they feel very much part of our community. It’s a time for us to really show who we are as a town and how we care about those around us.”

Initially the plan was for a Pride-themed photo shoot but when restrictions lifted Larsen began planning more activities.

“All of a sudden I had a really great response from the community and so it turned into an event.”

Larsen said since it’s their first Pride event it’s going to be small but could grow into something bigger going forward. Possibly a full-on Pride parade. The hope is that having a Pride event will open the doors to more tolerance in a community that has taken more time to “catch up.”

“I would like for there to be less hate and more love. There’s a lot of misconceptions and I think that just causes a lot of fear for people — and they’re scared of being different,” Larsen said. “I would just like to see the community more united.”

Vendors that would like to create and sell any Pride and rainbow merchandise during the activities are invited to get in touch and set up a booth.

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10 questions about significant music events in the Toronto’s history

Fans cool off at the largest outdoor ticketed concert in North America at Downsview in Toronto, July 30, 2003.

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Fans cool off at the largest outdoor ticketed concert in North America at Downsview in Toronto, July 30, 2003.

Which American band’s performance at the New Yorker Theatre on Yonge Street in 1976 is regarded as one of the inspirations for the punk scene that blossomed in Toronto soon after?

This week Jamie Bradburn dives into the history of live music in Toronto.

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aapiNHV plans events to celebrate AAPI history month

aapiNHV plans events to celebrate AAPI history month

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Before the March 2020 Atlanta spa shootings, New Haven did not have a formal organizing group for the city’s AAPI residents. Following the tragedy,  AAPI members of the New Haven and Yale community came together to create aapiNHV, a group that can represent the diversity and rich history of AAPI peoples. 

Thirteen months later, aapiNHV has expanded its membership and is now planning three events in celebration of AAPI heritage month in May. 

“We have a lot of things planned this year, which is great,” said aapiNHV cofounder Jennifer Heikkila Díaz. “We’re also trying to have different kinds of events since different people want to engage in different ways with the group. The AAPI community is an umbrella. With so many languages, and so many cultures and so many, so many different cuts of identity that are represented under that. It doesn’t make sense for us to just have certain types of events …  and we really do want to live into our mission of being this intergenerational collective.” 

To kick off the month, the organization is planning a movie night at the Showtimes at Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas for the newly released majority-Asian sci fi film, “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

According to Diaz, the group hosted a similar movie night for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” late last year for members of the New Haven community to attend. 

According to Anh Bton, aapiNHV, the group is also planning an event that is comparable to speed dating called the “World Cafe” method where large groups of people share their histories and experiences. 

“We just wanted to create a space where people of different generations of different backgrounds and different classes could come together and have a conversation around that while enjoying some food together,” Bton said. “So that’s another thing that we’re planning and we’re hoping to get some good turnout there.” 

Past these two events, Diaz told the News that the group is also planning to start a book club for people to share different AAPI perspectives and experiences. 

Storytelling is an important facet of aapiNHV, according to Diaz. She pointed out that many past meetings of aapiNHV have been centered around groups of people sharing their stories. 

In the spirit of storytelling, the group is also planning on hosting a gardening event where AAPI elders in New Haven can share their historical experiences with younger AAPI community members. According to Bton, gardening has historically been looked down upon but has recently come into style or “vogue.” The group hopes to help members of the community reflect on the historical implications of gardening. 

“I thought it would be nice to have some kind of event … we do something around bringing back that lens and understanding how these stories now inform the way that other folks may or may not do their gardening,” said Bton. “So we’re trying to plan a gardening community gardening related event right now and hopefully have some food there too.” 

According to Diaz, planning for these events has been a collaborative task with members of the AAPI community coming together to create events that can better highlight AAPI history both in the United States and across the world. 

aapiNHV stresses the horizonality of its leadership structure without any formal leaders. 

“Knowing our histories and sharing our stories can be grounding and confidence-building — for both us individually and as an AAPI community,” said Caroline Tanbee Smith, organizer with aapiNHV. “That’s why I’m excited about our work with aapiNHV to organize AAPI Heritage Month. During the month, we hope to build spaces where the AAPI community in New Haven can co-organize gatherings to honor our different histories in order to build towards our shared futures.”  

aapiNHV was founded in March 2020. 


Yash Roy covers education & youth services in New Haven and is a P&D staffer. He is a first year in Timothy Dwight College and is from Princeton, NJ.

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Stop comparing the Holocaust to other events in history, Israeli leader Naftali Bennett urges

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his wife (left) stand together with Israeli President Isaac Herzog and his wife during a ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Israeli leader has called on the world to stop comparing the Holocaust to other events in history.

Naftali Bennett, the prime minister, ushered in Holocaust memorial day in Jerusalem at Yad Vashem, the official memorial to victims, as his country came to a standstill in an annual ritual commemorating the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis.

Mr Bennett said: “As the years go by, there is more and more discourse in the world that compares other difficult events to the Holocaust, but no.

“No event in history, cruel as it may have been, is comparable to the extermination of Europe’s Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators.”

Both Ukraine and Russia have compared their ongoing war to the genocide committed during the Second World War.

As sirens marking the beginning of a two-minute silence rang out across Israel, drivers got out of their cars and pedestrians halted in their tracks as they bowed their heads in respect.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his wife (left) stand together with Israeli President Isaac Herzog and his wife during a ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day
Naftali Bennett and his wife (left) at the ceremony at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem

Israel is home to around 165,000 Holocaust survivors.

Mr Bennett also warned Israelis against allowing their deep differences to tear the country apart.

“My brothers and sisters, we cannot – we simply cannot – allow the same dangerous gene of factionalism [to] dismantle Israel from within,” Mr Bennett said.

Mr Bennett’s comments came after his family received a letter with a live bullet and a death threat on Tuesday.

Israelis stand next to their cars as a two-minute siren sounds in memory of victims of the Holocaust in Tel Aviv. Pic: AP
Roads came to a standstill in Tel Aviv. Pic: AP
People stand still in Jerusalem as a two-minute siren sounds
The siren rang while one man was crossing the road

Israeli authorities have tightened security around the premier and his family and are investigating.

Restaurants and entertainment venues across the country shut for Holocaust memorial day, while radios played sombre music and TV stations showed Holocaust documentaries.