#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 first “wonder” that attracted his attention. Although raised … Continue reading #InContext: Albert Einstein

#InContext: Anne Frank

By: CASSONDRA (Cj) MURPHY One of the most notable authors of the 20th century, Anne Frank has become a voice for the millions of victims of the Holocaust through her diary. The account of her 25 months in hiding during the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands has come to symbolize the human cost of war … Continue reading #InContext: Anne Frank

#InContext: Eleanor Roosevelt

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, niece of Theodore Roosevelt, was born to prominent parents in New York City on October 11, 1884. Her family life was complicated, with an alcoholic father and disapproving mother who criticized her appearance and seriousness. Both of her parents died before she was 10, leaving her in the care … Continue reading #InContext: Eleanor Roosevelt

#InContext: C.S. Lewis

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS Best known for his classic children’s series, The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis is an influential writer and Christian apologist who has brought hope and inspiration to millions across the world. Clive Staples Lewis was born November 29, 1898, in Belfast, Ireland, to a protestant Ulster (Northern Ireland) family. As a child, … Continue reading #InContext: C.S. Lewis

#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 had recently been elected Chancellor. Bonhoeffer, incensed by the Nazi regime and the acquiescing church, … Continue reading #InContext: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

#InContext: Elie Wiesel

By: TAKIM WILLIAMS Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor. Born into a family of Romanian Jews in 1928, he found himself trapped in the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald during World War II. His parents and younger sister were killed before the Allies liberated the camp in 1945. Wiesel later chronicled these experiences in the … Continue reading #InContext: Elie Wiesel

#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 and from these quotations it is clear that throughout his presidency, … Continue reading #InContext: Franklin D. Roosevelt

#InContext: Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known as Mahatma meaning “Great Soul,” was born in 1869 to an elite family in northwest India. Influenced by Jainism, his mother taught him the virtues of tolerance, non-violence, and simple living that would reappear later in his political campaigns. In direct defiance of the elders of his caste, Gandhi left India … Continue reading #InContext: Gandhi

#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 “our elder brothers.” Karol enrolled in Jagiellonian University … Continue reading #InContext: Pope John Paul II