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Journalism snapshots of the past - which looks like the present
Journalism snapshots of the past - which looks like the present

Journalism is by nature an art – or a craft, depending on your take – of the present, that old cliché about it being the first draft of history. I see it more as snapshots of time, and it’s interesting sometimes to go back through some of the photo albums, as it were, to revisit different times and places.  The New Republic, celebrating its centennial, has been republishing some of the better pieces in its archives, from a remarkable look at the Dachau concentration camp in 1934 when the Nazis were targeting political opponents (its role in the Holocaust was yet to come) to a 1916 interview with an Irish survivor of World War I trench warfare (while the war...

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