War, want and concentration camps, exile from home and homeland, these have made me hate strife among men, but they have not made me lose faith in the future of mankind. … If man has been able to create the arts, the sciences and the material civilization we know in America, why should he be judged powerless to create justice, fraternity and peace?

—Ladis D. Kristof, as quoted in his son’s column titled "My Father’s Gift to Me."

You should read this plainspoken homage from yesterday’s New York Times. It’ll do you good.

Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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