Holocaust Memorial Opens

An atypical museum has opened in the nation’s capital. “Most museums deal in the beautiful,” says Michael Berenbaum, project director for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “We are dealing with the anti-beautiful.”

The museum, established by Congress, will tell the story of the millions of Jews and others—Gypsies, Poles, homosexuals, people with disabilities, and political and religious dissidents—killed by the Nazis during World War II.

Set on land adjoining the National Mall, the museum will include the Hall of Remembrance, a national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust; the Holocaust Research Institute, featuring a 17,000-volume library and extensive archives; and the Children’s Wall.

Among the museum’s artifacts: Railcar #31599G, a freight car used to transport Jews from Warsaw to the death camp at Treblinka; a Danish rescue boat that ferried Danish Jews and resistance fighters to safety in Sweden; and canisters of the poison gas Zyklon B.

Judge Upholds Rent Restriction

A landlord has won the first legal round of a free-exercise challenge with the ruling from a Massachusetts court that it is okay to refuse on religious grounds to rent to an unmarried couple.

Paul and Louise Desilets are devout Catholics who adhere to the church’s teaching that premarital sexual relations are sinful. An unmarried couple had sought to rent an apartment the Desilets own in Turners Falls. The prospective tenants, after a five-minute phone conversation with Louise Desilets, filed suit. The state attorney general’s office charged the Desilets with violating a statute that prohibits landlords from refusing to rent on the basis of marital status.

But Nikolas T. Nikas, American Family Association ...

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