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Shoe with a wilted flower on it as partof an installation that honors the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II

Textbook history can be dry and seemingly lifeless, but the collective past of the human race is our touchstone to assessing where we might venture moving forward. In this era of fake news and tweets, with knowledge being devalued in many places, we need, more than ever, to rely on humanity’s history in all its truth, both the ugly and exemplary, to guide our decisions about what is happening around us, pointing where we might be headed.

Philosopher George Santayana made it clear that those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it. January 27 marked International...

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