For eighteen years, 1984-2002, my course on Comparative Politics (PolS 111) has been enriched by viewing and discussing the film "Out of the Ashes," narrated and largely authored by Abba Eban.
In November 2002, Abba Eban died. I urge students interested in the struggle for peace and understanding to read the news items and obituaries (BBC; and Washington Post) now available about him. They describe the long career of this diplomat and historian who tirelessly worked for peace and understanding.
A portion of a book by Eban largely parallels the material covered in the film "Out of the Ashes." You might find reading it instructive: Abba Eban, "Out of the Ashes," in Heritage: Civilization and the Jews (New York: Summit Books/Simon and Schuster, 1984): chapter 11.
Eban improved this course and my teaching; and his life and analysis promoted understanding among Israelis and non-Israelis. The world now is less full of wisdom due to his death. A major premise of this course is that the work individual humans do makes a difference in the fate of the world. Eban greatly made a difference.
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