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Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 20th, 2012 | 2:49 pm

Yesterday in a speech for Holocaust Remembrance Day, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta praised the work of the Monuments Men, and described Col. Seymour Pomrenze as a “hero.” Col. Pomrenze, who passed away last year, was the first Director of the Offenbach Archival Depot. He was instrumental in the restitution of thousands of looted archives. I agree with Secretary Panetta: Col. Seymour Pomrenze was a hero, as were all of the Monuments Men!

(The Monuments Men Foundation received the National Humanities Medal in 2007.
Col. Seymour Pomrenze is 3rd from the right)

To learn more about Col. Seymour Pomrenze, please visit his bio:
Read the full text of the Defense Secretary’s speech here:

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October 29th, 2009 | 9:42 am


I never get tired of seeing the White House. I jog around it as I head south towards the Washington Monument, then west around the World War ll Memorial until I reach the Lincoln Memorial and head back.

This past weekend brought unseasonable springlike weather to Washington which made the appearance of the marigolds seem out of place. But the pigeons sitting atop Andrew Jackson’s head didn’t mind in the least…nor did those of us who meandered around outdoors, relishing our last few days of glorious weather.

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October 9th, 2009 | 9:46 am


I was in Washington this week and came out of my hotel near the White House to witness this sad scene. Happily no one was injured. Both drivers were shaken but standing curbside wondering like the rest of us who did what to whom. But it reminded me, once again, “it ain’t all about me”—my problems are mine but no more important than those others are working through. And that day, I wasn’t driving a car or a bus…nor a passenger in either. So it was, all in all, a good day, like most.

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