#InContext: Albert Einstein

#InContext: Albert Einstein

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT Albert Einstein grew up in a secular, Jewish family in Germany. Though born in Württemberg, Germany on March 14, 1879, he spent most of his childhood in Munich. Even as a child, Einstein was fascinated by science. He credits seeing a compass as the...
#InContext: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

#InContext: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

By: HOLLY THOMPSON As a newly ordained pastor, young Dietrich Bonhoeffer stood boldly before a large group of German clergy and church-goers and delivered his call-to-action, “the Church and the Jewish Question.” It was April 1933 in Germany, and Hitler...
#InContext: Jessie E. Sampter

#InContext: Jessie E. Sampter

Jessie Ethel Sampter was born on March 22, 1883, in New York City to Rudolph and Virginia (Kohlberg) Sampter, prosperous second-generation German Jews. She and her sister Elvie were raised in a mansion on Fifth Avenue in Harlem, which housed three generations of an...
#InContext: Franklin D. Roosevelt

#InContext: Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C. is an experience as much as it is a structure. Granite walls form four open-air rooms – one for each of the president’s four terms. Carved into the granite of the memorial are Roosevelt’s own words...
#InContext: Pope John Paul II

#InContext: Pope John Paul II

By: SUTTON ROACH Karol J. Wojtyla, known as Saint Pope John Paul II, was raised in a small Polish town during the anti-Semitism period. A faithful Catholic, Karol rejected the segregation of Jews and took on a special love for the Jewish people, referring to them as...