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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Book Review: ‘Inflitration’ by Joshua Kenaz

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The death a few months ago of Israeli author, Joshua Kenaz, led to renewed interest in his work, and impelled me to read this book (published by Am Oved in 1986). For me, reading...
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Jewish Historians of England

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Twenty Years On, Views and Reviews of Modern Britain by Peter Stansky; Pinehill Humanities Press, 2020. Peter Stansky born in Manhattan, graduated from Yale, Harvard, and King’s College, Cambridge where he earned his doctorate studying...

What a Jewish teacher learns in United Arab Emirates

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A Jewish American working in the United Arab Emirates fears hostility but finds humanity in this debut memoir. Fleeing divorce and midlife crisis, journalist Eden left Ohio in 2008 to take a teaching job at the...

Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots against Hollywood and America, by...

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For Steven Ross, an acclaimed American historian of labour and the film industry whose parents both survived the Holocaust, this remarkable and meticulously researched book is personal. Initially seeking to understand Jewish passivity during...

The magic of Kadya Molodwsky’s children’s poetry – now in English

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A new bilingual edition of Kadya Molodowsky’s enchanting Yiddish children’s poetry was recently published in Sweden. Edited and masterfully translated into English by Yaira Singer, “Through an Endless Stretch of Land” makes some of the most...
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Hanukkah lockdown? Grab a hold of good reads for all ages

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As Jews are often referred to as people of the book, it’s no wonder readers top the Hanukkah gift list. Luckily, a whole host of new and recent books have been released from authors...

Historians, biographers probe Jewish Cleveland

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Cleveland Jews and the Making of a Midwestern Community, edited by Sean Martin and John J. Grabowski; Rutgers University Press; 2020; ISBN 9781978-809949l; 242 pages including end notes and index. I’ve always perceived a  difference...

‘The Star and the Scepter: A Diplomatic History of Israel’

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The following is an excerpt from Emmanuel Navon’s The Star and the Scepter: A Diplomatic History of Israel, a new book on Israel’s foreign policy and the diplomatic history of the Jewish people, published by...

‘Paper Bullets’ tells of lesbian resisters in Nazi-occupied Jersey

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Avant-garde artists Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe advertised the fact that they were stepsisters, and hid the fact that they were lovers; their practice in deception  useful in hiding their World War II roles...
Partial cover of “All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen” by Bernice Lerner.

Still learning of liberators, all these years later

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Like many children of survivors, Bernice Lerner has spent most of her life ruminating on the Holocaust and writing about big questions. How was the Holocaust allowed to occur? What is the connection between...