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Biography Tells of Hiding in a ‘High Nest’ from the Nazis

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This is a biography of two Dutch Jewish sisters who survived much of World War II living under assumed identities in a country villa located on a high knoll in the middle of the...

Novel Relates Tangled Lives of Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivor, Neo-Nazi

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This well-written book is about people, specifically the two main characters, who have psychological and sexual hang-ups and issues which complicate their lives, as well as those of the people around them. The chapters...

Rabbi’s new book offers spiritual boot camp for High Holidays

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In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Rabbi Mark Wildes, founder and director of Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE), was looking for ways to keep students and young adults engaged with Judaism and each...

Following Grandma’s WWII Path Leads Author to Self-Discovery

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When Sergiusz Scheller left his home in Poland to move to America to be with his bride, Rachael Cerrotti, his mother Danuta told him, “We share the same sky.  We look at the same...

‘Riding the Edge’ Is a Memoir of Self-Discovery

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In the context of the Middle East, to which they traveled by way of a tortuous, yet exhilarating bike safari through Europe, the Jewish Michael Tobin and his Lebanese-Christian girlfriend Deborah were problematic candidates...

‘A Will to Survive’ recalls Arab ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem’s Jews

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I recently stumbled upon a photography book shot by the acclaimed Life magazine wartime photographer John Phillips. The large, innocuous-looking book was simply titled, A Will to Survive. After flipping through the pages, I realized I entered a...
Benzion Netanyahu, his wife, Tzila, and two of his sons, Jonathan and Benjamin, left

A Jewish Academia Novel Set in 1960 Still Resonates

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I started reading academia novels in the 1960s with Edward Albee’s tempestuous boozy Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, then the jocular Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis, a hoot, a romp, filled with  junior faculty insecurities. My radar sought...

Di Avantures fun Alis in Vunderland

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is a story about Alice who falls down a rabbit hole and lands into a fantasy world that is full of weird, wonderful people and animals. It is classic...

Former Israel ‘Hawk’ Tells of His Transformation to a ‘Dove’

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It’s a well-worn political observation that “it took a Nixon to go to China,” meaning because President Richard M. Nixon was identified as a staunch conservative, he was trusted to go to mainland China...

Short Story Focuses on IBM’s Business With the Nazis

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The role played by IBM and its subsidiaries in facilitating the Holocaust with its punch card system has been well documented, most particularly by Edwin Black, an occasional writer for this publication and author...