By Stuart Kaufman
Holocaust Remembrance Day occurred this past April 16th. For reasons that I will explicate below, I want to tell the story of my wife’s cousin, Shifra, one of the child survivors of the Holocaust. This information came directly from Shifra, but the below story is also included in exhibits at Yad Vashem (the Israeli Holocaust Center in Jerusalem) and the United States Holocaust Museum.
Our Finest Hour: World War Two in the European theater
By Randolph Bradham
For great nations to remain that way, it is essential for citizens to remember their history. As of this printing, we can now mark 70 years following V-E Day of May 7, 1945. When America entered World War II in December 1941, there was an immediate response across our nation. What had happened was not acceptable; correction would begin immediately.
Charleston’s own Napa Valley winery
By Peg Moore
When the Lords Proprietors settled the Carolinas in the 17th century, they envisioned plantations producing wine. It was a normal expectation, given the wild grapes that flourish here. However, experiments with both local grapes and imported vines failed, though the tale of pre-Revolutionary winemaking at New Bordeaux on the Savannah River shows how close they came.
May is for mahi and marlin
By Jeff Dennis
The sporting calendar switches at the start of May from turkey hunting into the summer season, which kicks off with hot offshore fishing action. Pelagic fish species are embarking on a spring migration from south to north and anglers can almost set their watches by Mother Nature’s annual timetable. May offers just the right mix of mahi mahi — renowned for their appealing table fare — plus the splash of a big game chase for a mighty marlin.
Mayoral candidates on the issues: Tourism
By Charleston Mercury Staff
While the “off-season” for tourism in the Holy City continues to shrink, the warm, sunny days of May signal the return of a bumper crop of visitors, via car, plane and, of course, cruise ship. Long before Alfred Hutty sent his famous 1919 telegraph to New York announcing “Come quickly. Have found heaven,” folks have been coming to experience our history, architecture and gracious way of living. As the years have progressed, tourism has gone beyond its humble roots based on preservation and hospitality. It has become a behemoth in the local economy, a double-edged sword that seems to set prosperity against livability. Balancing these issues will be a critical charge for the city’s next chief executive.