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On today's program: Community advocate Betty Cruz joins the World Affairs Council; lessons from an Ohio cracker could inform how environmentalists see the Beaver County cracker; PA’s educator of the year is a North Hills history teacher; a local nonprofit collects donations to fight the coronavirus; and the Holocaust Center celebrates the local Jewish immigrant experience. 

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Hate draws lines. Resistance to hate should not.

A morbid question looms at the center of “The Soap Myth,” Jeff Cohen’s 2012 play about a Holocaust survivor, Holocaust denialism and more: Did the Nazis make soap from the bodies of Jewish people they murdered during the Holocaust?

The nationally touring play gets its Pittsburgh premiere Monday with a production starring famed actor Ed Asner.

Asner, who is 89, starred as Lou Grant in TV’s “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spin-off “Lou Grant”; he’s also known for film roles like playing Santa Claus in “Elf” and Carl Frederickson in the animated hit “Up.

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In the aftermath of the shootings at the Tree of Life synagogue, many find it sobering to recall that this month is the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

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Pittsburgh police training now includes a half-day session on the role of law enforcement in Nazi Germany.

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Stephanie Garcia, 17 of Beechview, read a biographical card about a Polish Boy named Aaron.

“His mother’s name was Louisa, his father’s name was Sigmund,” she said. “Aaron died in Shoah when he was a boy. His age, date and where he died have not been recorded.”