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January 22, 1943: The Warsaw Ghetto Underground

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The Jewish Fighting Organization of Warsaw (ZOB) issued the following proclamation about this date in 1943, following its first act of armed resistance (January 18th): “On January 22 1943, six months will have elapsed since...

January 20, 1496: Decree of Expulsion Issued for Portuguese Jews

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Following the death of King Joao of Portugal in 1494, his son King Manuel I ascended the throne. When his legitimacy as heir to the throne was challenged, Manuel wished to marry Princess Isabel...

The Kharkiv Yiddish literary world, 1920s‐mid‐1930s

The Kharkiv Yiddish literaryworld, 1920s ‐ mid ‐1930s Gennady Estraikh Associate Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hebrewand Jewish Studies Published online: 19 Jun 2008. Download PDF, click here. East European Jewish Affairs Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information:...

January 13,1976: The first reading machine capable of translated printed material into spoken words...

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The first reading machine capable of translated printed material into spoken words was unveiled on this date in 1976 by inventor Raymond Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind. Kurzweil, a pioneering scientist...

Holocaust museum to be inaugurated in Oporto, Portugal

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Oporto, the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon, plans to inaugurate a new Holocaust museum. It will be the city’s first museum of this kind. Oporto Jewish community president Dias Ben-Zion and the mayor of...

January 9, 1886: Ida Cohen, the creator of the Maidenform bra, was born

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The creator of the Maidenform bra, Ida Cohen Rosenthal, was born on this date in 1886 near Minsk. A socialist and feminist, she came to New York as an 18-year-old immigrant and began a...

January 8,1986: Sandra Feldman became the first women elected to head the United Federation...

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Sandra Feldman became the first women elected to head the United Federation of Teachers on this date in 1986. A decade later, she would become president of the American Federation of Teachers, a position...

January 6, 1941: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his “Four Freedoms” State of the...

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his “Four Freedoms” State of the Union Address on this date in 1941, in which he justified America’s role as an “arsenal of democracy” against Nazism through the lend-lease...
From left: Rahamim Madmoni, (left) the son of Shlomo Madmoni, who was slain during the 1939 Arab riots while attempting to rescue a Torah scroll and other synagogue property, with Shiloah public council head Gadi Bashari and Israeli Minister of Regional Cooperation Ofir Akunis.

First-ever memorial held in Silwan for Jew slain in 1939 Arab riots

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The first-ever memorial day for Shlomo Madmoni was held on Monday in the village of Shiloah (Silwan) in eastern Jerusalem, also known as the Yemenite village. The event, initiated by the Shiloah public council,...

January 5, 1939: Nazis Declare: Karaites Are Not Racially Jewish

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On January 5, 1939, the Reich Office for Genealogical Research issued a written opinion stating that it did not view the Karaite community as being racially connected to the Jews. Although this was hardly the...