Holocaust survivor talks of power of good

first_imgAuthor, speaker and Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss spoke to a full-capacity crowd Tuesday night at Bovard Auditorium about the human stories hidden by the terrible genocide of the Holocaust.Holocaust survivor · Eve Schloss discusses the Holocaust experience to a packed audience of students in Bovard Auditorium. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanThe event, hosted by USC Chabad and USC Shoah Foundation, featured Schloss, who is best known as the childhood friend and posthumous step-sister of Holocaust victim Anne Frank, whose diary became an international bestseller. Born in Vienna, Austria in 1929, Schloss’ life was changed forever during the Nazi invasion of 1938.Schloss spoke with clear recollection of those early war years.“It was a great shock to us,” Schloss said. “Life changed immediately. Being a Jew became very difficult.”Facing anti-Semitism and possible arrest, Schloss’ father sought a business opportunity in Holland. It is here where she first met Frank.Schloss remembered what Frank said to her when they first met.“My name is Anne, and my family comes from Germany, and I can speak German to you.” Frank told Schloss.This sparked an immediate friendship, though the two were, in Schloss’ words, “completely different types.”“I was a tomboy,” Schloss said. “I loved sports. I was also quite shy. Anne was a big chatterbox.”Schloss also remembered Frank’s obsession with the opposite sex, emphasized in her famous diary.“When I explained to her that I had an older brother, her eyes grew big,” Schloss said of Frank. “She was very interested in boys.”The girls’ relationship ended with the Nazi occupation of Holland, which forced both families into hiding. Schloss  said she felt immense boredom during this period, with no interest in reading or writing. This, however, was unlike her brother Heinz, an accomplished musician, painter and poet whose work Schloss advertises to this day.After two years, the family was betrayed, arrested and crammed into train cars. When Schloss and hundreds of fellow Jewish families arrived at their destination, they were crushed.“We knew Auschwitz was the biggest death camp,” Schloss said. “We had hoped it was a labor camp.”Schloss said she and her mother were then separated from their male family members and how the women in the camp were completely dehumanized, forced to shave their heads and live on two small meals a day.“That is really how they wanted us to feel – not like human beings, like animals,” Schloss said.Of the two families, only Schloss, her mother and Anne Frank’s father, Otto, survived the nine months of captivity. Schloss attributes her survival to mental strength and hope for a better future.“I had a beautiful family life before the war,” Schloss said. “I wanted to have a boyfriend, a family. I wanted to experience life.”Schloss told the audience how her mother would later marry Otto Frank, making the two girls step sisters. Otto Frank served as a grandfather to Schloss’ children, and the two shared a mission to publish Anne Frank’s diary. Initial attempts were not fruitful, according to Schloss, as guilt surrounding the Holocaust prevented most media coverage of the subject.“There was a huge [feeling of guilt] in the world,” Schloss said. “Both Jews and Christians wanted to push it under the table and move on.”The diary eventually found a publisher and became famous throughout the world. Schloss highlighted the common misconception about her step sister’s story.Schloss highlighted the story is one much more than the Holocaust.“Anne’s story was not a Holocaust story,” Schloss said. “It was the story of a young girl.”Students and visitors in the packed auditorium were struck by the power of Schloss’ words. Ross Denny-Jiles, a freshman majoring in theatre, commended her dedication to anti-genocide work.“Sometimes we forget about these types of things when we don’t live in an area where we see them everyday,” Denny-Jiles said. “It’s good to be reminded that there is still hatred in the world.”To Schloss, individual human goodness, which she saw in Heinz Schloss and Anne Frank, is the only way to counteract the evil brought on by outright xenophobia.“The power of good is immeasurable,” Schloss said. “So is that of hope, optimism and resilience.”Schloss was careful to point out, however, that she sees herself not as a hero, but as a survivor.“Survivors aren’t heroes,” Schloss said. “The people that put themselves in harm’s way when they didn’t have to be — the resistance fighters — those are the real heroes.”last_img read more

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The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s loss to Georgetown

first_img Comments Syracuse (6-4) fell to Georgetown (7-4) 78-71 Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. The loss marked SU’s first home loss of the season. Beat writers Matt Schneidman and Paul Schwedelson examine SU’s performance including Tyler Lydon’s career game and Frank Howard’s offensive struggles. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on December 17, 2016 at 5:39 pmlast_img

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Assessment urges USAID to push reforms in Guyana

first_img…city’s residents impatient against slowness of changesThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is being urged to take advantage of the window of opportunity to support the reform process that is underway to strengthen Guyana’s governance, balance the power of the executive, while starting the devolution of power to local government and ensuring a more accountable and responsive government.This was outlined in a Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Assessment for Guyana report. The assessment was done by Tetra Tech ARD, a US-based consulting firm.The report outlined that the election of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC), brought an opportunity to Guyana to make substantive reforms that could transform its political system and make it more effective, accountable and inclusive.It was noted that if adopted and implemented, these democratic reforms can address the over-centralisation of power, address politicised and non-performing institutions that were found during the assessment and increase governance effectiveness and responsiveness.However, this outcome is far from certain and while there are indications of significant change, there are also reasons for concern.“Time is of the essence as this window may not be open for long. The assessment team estimates it will close within the next 18 to 24 months as the focus shifts to the 2019 local elections and 2020 national elections. Some believe it will close even sooner if not supported, citing rising citizen anger and impatience against the slowness of the reforms and signs of business-as-usual,” the report stated.To this end, the assessment team recommends USAID focus on a two-tiered strategy. It explained that in the short-term, focus should be placed on the reform processes, key oversight mechanisms, information flow, and newly elected local authorities.Whilst, in the medium- to long-term, a Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) programme should be reinstated to make a more substantive contribution towards strengthening Guyana’s democratic institutions and system. However, it does not recommend political party assistance in the near-term as the parties are internally regrouping and intending to work out their own issues and are not open to assistance at this time.In this regard, the recommended DRG objective is a more accountable, responsive, and balanced governance in Guyana. One of the recommended programmatic priorities is Constitutional reform through support for the current reform process and the implementation of previous constitutional reforms.“These can help balance the power of the executive, address the winner-takes-all nature of the political and electoral systems, and devolve power to local government. Near-term priorities are reform content and consultations, constitutional referendum (if held), and constitutional commission appointments. Mid- to long-term priorities are the implementation of the new constitutional reforms and strengthening the Human Rights and Integrity Commissions that provide oversight and citizen protection,” the report outlined.Furthermore, the report recommended that USAID strengthen checks and balances through strengthening key institutions and increasing access to information and evidence-based decision making.This, it was noted, can help increase accountability; balance the dominance of the executive; address issues of cronyism, impunity, and corruption; and ensure the rule of law is applicable to all. The report stated that near-term priorities are assessments in the key areas of rule of law, electoral system, and economic governance and consideration for a small flexible fund to support quick-impact, low-cost changes within key institutions. Mid- to long-term priorities include parliamentary oversight and outreach, it added.Other recommendations made are to strengthen local governance through support for the devolution process; capacity building for local institutions; and increasing citizen engagement to ensure local government has the authority, resources, and capacity required to be responsive to its communities, serve their needs, and counter the top-down, overly centralised nature of government.“Near-term priorities are the Local Government Commission, newly elected local officials, and constituency engagement. Mid- to long-term priorities include supporting the training curricula for local officials, constituency engagement, and information on and monitoring of the 2019 local elections,” the report cited.On the other hand, the assessment team remarked that the main challenge to DRG in Guyana is its legacy of political parties organised along ethnic lines; of single party dominance; and its centralised patron-client list system that contributed to weak, unaccountable, unresponsive, and ineffective government institutions. The dysfunction in its political system has led to a feeling of hopelessness among many Guyanese, high levels of emigration, and insecurity.last_img read more

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Garda warning after first day of traffic disruption at Old Town Letterkenny

first_imgGardaí have issued a warning to motorists to obey the temporary traffic lights after a number of incidents at Old Town Letterkenny.Four sets of traffic lights have been placed at routes approaching the Old Town Road in front of Old Dunnes for the second phase of the Irish Water works in the area.The traffic management system caused lengthy delays on the first day of operation. Traffic approaching roadworks at Old Town Road 06/08/2019Motorists experienced tailbacks of up to 40 minutes from the Aura Letterkenny to the busy junction on Tuesday.Gardaí say they have received reports of motorists not obeying the traffic lights.A spokesperson issued this warning: “Everybody has a destination to go to and nobody likes waiting in traffic but by not obeying the traffic lights you only cause a delay for others and also run the risk of being involved in a collision.“Gardaí will be monitoring the traffic flow in the area and if they observe someone driving through a red light then they will have no option but to deal with that person accordingly. “We all have to follow the rules of the road and we all want to get home safely so please drive with due consideration and have patience.”Gardaí arrested a man in the vicinity on Tuesday night after he damaged several cars which were queed in the traffic.Meanwhile, local residents have called for the works to be halted to accommodate mourners visiting a wake in the Crievesmith area.Garda warning after first day of traffic disruption at Old Town Letterkenny was last modified: August 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Trauma Therapists and Compassion Satisfaction

first_imgJay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons [Flickr, Compassion International, March 16, 2008]Mental health professionals working with traumatized clients can experience excessive amounts of stress that may lead to compassion fatigue and burnout. The topic of compassion fatigue and burnout in military psychologist in a combat zone was discussed in a previous blog located, here.  In a recent publication, researchers Craig and Sprang [1] have included an often overlooked idea of compassion satisfaction as a possible outcome in their study of trauma therapists and compassion fatigue and burnout.What is compassion satisfaction?Compassion satisfaction is the feeling of gratification that can be derived from helping others or from care giving.  Compassion satisfaction is about helping others and deriving pleasure from knowing that you made a positive contribution to an individual’s well being.In this study, a national sample of 532 clinical social workers and clinical psychologists who identified themselves as “trauma specialists” completed surveys measuring compassion fatigue, burnout, and compassion satisfaction.  Additionally, the participants responded to a measure of the use of evidence-based therapy practices.  Other variables considered in this study included age, gender, licensure, clinical experience, type of work organization, trauma training, and percentage of PTSD clients.  Gender and age distributions of the sample were comparable to national averages for clinical social workers and psychologists.  The mean age for the sample was 53 years with 23 years of experience.  Only 62% of the social workers and psychologists reported that they had specialized training in treatment of traumatized individuals.  Key findings of the study included:Consistent with previous research, caseloads with a high percentage of traumatized clients may increase the risk for compassion fatigue and burnout.Clinical experience was not a predictor of compassion fatigue (when considering all factors listed above) but was a predictor of compassion satisfaction. Age was not a significant predictor of compassion fatigue or compassion satisfaction.Using evidence-based practices decreases the risk for compassion fatigue. Compassion satisfaction increased with use of evidence-based practices.A lack of training in trauma-specific therapies was associated with burnout in clinicians working with traumatized individuals.Overall, therapists who work with traumatized clients seem to be less vulnerable to burnout when they have received appropriate training in trauma treatment practices and are able to use them, and when they have a more balanced caseload related to trauma. Compassion satisfaction also seems to be a possible positive outcome among therapists who work with traumatized clients, and is also more likely for those who use evidence-based treatments, and for those who are more experienced practitioners.References[1] Craig, C. D., & Sprang, G. (2010). Compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue, and burnout in a national sample of trauma treatment therapists. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 23(3), 319-339. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10615800903085818This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, You Tube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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What Holds Us Together

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There are those who would separate us based on our identities. This one is a man, and that one is a woman. This one is black, and that one is white. This is one is an immigrant, that one was born here. This is one is gay, and that one is straight. This one is rich, and that one is poor. This is one is Christian, and that one is Jewish. This one is a Republican, that one is a Democrat.Even though there are those who would point to our many differences for their personal or political gain, our individual identities do not separate us from our collective identity: American.America is a principle, an ideal. That ideal, written on parchment 241 years ago, is still a beacon of hope for much of the world, and it is a promise: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”The execution of this principle has been messy. Much of the time, it has been more honored in the breach than the observance. Humans, as fallible and frail as we sometimes are, have lacked the courage to live up to this ideal, as did the men who drafted the document. At other times, we’ve risen up to fight tyranny in its many forms. All in all, the arrow of progress is pointing largely in the right direction, even if there is still much work to do.We have more in common than we do differences, and what we have in common binds us together—even when some would have you believe otherwise.When you watch the fireworks tonight and celebrate with your family and friends, know that those who don’t look like you, that don’t believe what you believe, that don’t share your skin color, your politics, or your religion, are all celebrating the same ideal, that great and common bond that holds us together, even when we disagree.last_img read more

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9 months agoImpossible for Chelsea to sell Barcelona target Willian says Sarri

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Impossible for Chelsea to sell Barcelona target Willian says Sarriby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says it is impossible to lose Willian during the current transfer window.The winger has been linked with Barcelona in recent weeks.Asked about the Blaugrana’s reported interest in Willian, Sarri said: “I didn’t receive anything yesterday. I have no idea.”You have to contact the club and ask about the market, because if you ask me about the market, you put me in trouble because I don’t know how to answer. As you know, Willian for us is very important.”I think he can do better, he can do better because of his potential but he is really very important to us, so I think it is impossible to lose him in January.” last_img read more

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Video: Clemson Releases 360-Degree Tour Of New Football Complex

first_imgA view of Clemson's stadium at night from high up.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 3: A general view of the game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Clemson Tigers at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 3, 2005 in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson defeated Texas A&M 25-24. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Back in February, Clemson announced that it would be building a new 140,000 square-foot football facility ahead of the 2017 season. Friday, the school officially broke ground on the project. Clemson also released a two-minute video to give fans a 360-degree view of what it’ll look like when it’s completed.The facility will include a number of ridiculous amenities, including a barber shop, an arcade, laser tag, a 24-seat HD theater, an indoor golf simulator, an indoor slide, and a replica of both The Hill and Howard’s Rock. You can read more here.Today we celebrate the groundbreaking of our new 140,000 square-foot facility! See more: https://t.co/NYsOf3Yj5x pic.twitter.com/P7JKgE4YhK— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) November 6, 2015WATCH || Take a virtual tour of the $55 million facility & hear from Coach Swinney, Thad Turnipseed & @ClemsonDRad: https://t.co/O4VwwfA35V— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) November 6, 2015It’s pretty obvious that Clemson is serious about keeping its football program elite. The new facility will certainly help with recruiting.last_img read more

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Trafigura Concludes Charter Contract for TNGs Dalmacija

first_imgMultinational commodity trading company Trafigura has terminated a time charter contract for chemical/product tanker Dalmacija with Croatian shipping company Tankerska Next Generation (TNG).  After nearly three years from delivery, the duo has mutually agreed to conclude an almost fully utilized time charter employment contract for the eco-designed MR product tanker.The 56,000 cbm vessel has been redelivered with compensation for early re-delivery, in line with the contractual terms.“The re-delivery of MT Dalmacija enables the company to capitalize on the spot or the time charter market in a period encompassed by new regulatory requirements, with the aim of achieving the most favorable commercial and operational efficiency of the vessel, in accordance with the fleet employment strategy,” TNG said.Built at SPP shipyard in South Korea, Dalmacija is one of six MR2 product tankers in TNG’s fleet.In November 2015, the ship started working for Trafigura at a time charter rate of USD 17,750 per day. The three-year contract included a one-year option at USD 19,750 per day, VesselsValue’s data shows.last_img read more

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Artificial intelligence improves highway safety in Las Vegas

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Artificial intelligence is helping improve safety along a stretch of Las Vegas’ busiest highway.The Nevada Highway Patrol says a yearlong partnership between area public safety agencies and a startup technology firm resulted in a 17 per cent reduction in crashes along a portion of northbound Interstate 15 just west of The Las Vegas Strip.The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Waycare, a provider of artificial intelligence-based mobility products and services for smart cities, helped lead the crash prevention pilot program.They hope to use it in the future in other parts of the Las Vegas Valley, including a stretch of U.S. Highway 95 between I-15 and the Rainbow Boulevard curve.The program uses in-vehicle information, cameras, sensors and other traffic data to develop prediction models to reduce congestion.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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