Exhibit explores ‘Deadly Medicine’ of Nazi regime

Dec. 16, 2010

Text and photo by Ted Regencia

SKOKIE, Ill — Long before the mass extermination of Jews at the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps in the early 1940s, the quest for racial superiority in Germany had already been set in motion.

Science and medicine were manipulated to justify discrimination, persecution and murder by the Nazis.

As Adolf Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess declared, “Nazism is applied biology.” He and others considered those deemed mentally and physically inferior should be sterilized or even targeted for “mercy killing.”

At the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, these and other horrors of Nazism and misguided science are on display at a special exhibition, “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race.” Continue reading “Exhibit explores ‘Deadly Medicine’ of Nazi regime”

Rwanda genocide witness recalls terror

Nov. 04, 2010

Text and photo by Ted Regencia

Editor’s note: This is part two of my bullying story. To read part one, click here.

SKOKIE, Ill — Students spoke in hushed tones as they engaged the elderly Holocaust survivors in a serious discussion about their experiences.

Concluding the day of discussions was a high-energy but equally sobering presentation by Carl Wilkens, the former head of Adventist Development and Relief Agency International in Rwanda.

In 1994, he was the only American who chose to remain in the African country after the genocide began. Wilkens spoke about how the ethnic conflict between the Tutsis and Hutus erupted into deadly violence after President Juvénal Habyarimana was killed when his plane was shot down.

Shortly after the reported assassination, Hutu militias started to ransack houses and even attacked foreigners. One of the militia groups was outside of Wilkens’ house when neighbors dispersed the would-be attackers.

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Evanston Democrat bucks nat’l trend, easily wins re-election


Nov. 03, 2010

Text and photo by Ted Regencia

SKOKIE, Ill — Dodging a national trend that swept away the Democratic majority in the U.S. House, Rep. Jan Schakowsky will keep her 9th District seat after defeating Republican Joel Pollak.

Schakowsky held off a spirited challenge by the Harvard-educated Skokie resident, getting about 61 percent of the votes cast compared with Pollak’s 37 percent. The Green Party’s Simon Ribeiro collected about 2 percent.

“We’re gonna have to stand together stronger and tougher than ever before, standing up for our progressive values,” Schakowsky said, even as she conceded that Democrats will become the minority party in the House.

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