Remembrance
Thursday, April 22, 2021

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The novelist, essayist, wit and contrarian Gore Vidal, one of the towering figures of American cultural and political life for more than six decades, has died of complications from pneumonia, aged 86. 

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Gore Vidal

(October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012)

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In Loving Memory

British author Martin Amis once said, "Even his blind spots are illuminating."

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With the Olympics starting in London lets take a look at some amazing facts and traditions that make up part of this celebrated global event.

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The first Olympics, which got started in ancient Greece, only allowed men to take part. These days, men and women from across the planet compete for Olympic gold. Athletic records have been set, heroes have been made, rivalries formed and even a few tragedies have occurred. Nations have gone at it every four years (with a few exceptions) in both team and individual events for more than a century now. Athletes compete for pride, fame and Olympic glory, and the desire to be the best. Here are a few stories surrounding the history of the Olympics.  This Is London's Record Third Olympics.

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aurora_signResidents gathered for a vigil for the Aurora movie theater shooting victims in the parking lot of Kaiser Permanente in Aurora, CO. Friday, July 20, 2012.

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In Loving Memory

Community of Lights join the vigil in memory of those who's life was lost, those who were hurt, those who are still fighting for their lives, and for family members and friends of the people of Aurora, Colorado.

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Gad Beck, an anti-Nazi Zionist resistance fighter and the last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, died on Sunday June 24, 2012 in Berlin. He passed away in a senior citizens' home six days before his 89th birthday, which would have been on June 30. Beck was a pioneering gay activist and educator in a severely anti-homosexual, repressive post-World War II German society. He was famous for his witty, lively style of speaking.

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Gad Beck and his sister as Children

Photo: Courtesy of Judith Kessler

On a German talk show, he said, "The Americans in New York called me a great hero. I said no... I'm really a little hero."  Perhaps the single most important experience that shaped his life was the wartime effort to rescue his boyfriend. Beck donned a Hitler Youth uniform and entered a deportation center to free his Jewish lover Manfred Lewin, who had declined to separate himself from his family.  The Nazis would later deport the entire Lewin family to Auschwitz, where they were murdered. 

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Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

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Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.