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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Book Review: ‘An Unorthodox Match’

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An Unorthodox Match by Naomi Ragen, St. Martin’s Press © 2019, ISBN 9781250-161222; 322 pages plus acknowledgments and glossary; $27.99 I once had a rabbi who inveighed against religious hypocrisy with this saying: “Big beard, small...

Yiddish Glossary for Goyim: The Power Shmoozer’s Guide to Hollywood

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In the era of Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg, movie moguls tended to spice their jargon with expressions from the colorful vernacular of their pushcart-peddling forebears. The euphony of Yiddish is a tradition...

Operation Paperclip, The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America, by Annie...

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“As comprehensive as it is critical, this latest exposé from Jacobsen is perhaps her most important work to date….Jacobsen persuasively shows that it in fact happened and aptly frames the dilemma….Rife with hypocrisy, lies,...

Siberian Exile by Julija Sukys

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By the end of the Holocaust, Lithuania suffered one of the highest percentages of Jewish deaths in all of Europe. Before the war, 168, 000 Jews lived there, of which 83 per cent were...

Jews against themselves by Edward Alexander

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Every Anglophone reader, Jew and non-Jew, owes it to him or herself to read Jews against Themselves. And every non-Anglophone country that aspires either to establish or maintain democracy owes itself a good translation. Rarely...

Grigory Kanovich’s Remarkable Love Song For a Lithuanian Shtetl

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Thanks to the hard work of his literary admirers, an English translation of Grigory Kanovich’s autobiographical novel “Shtetl Love Song” has finally appeared. The novel was released by a boutique British publishing house, Noir Press,...

Review of The Last Two Jews of Mogadishu: Living Under Al Shabaab’s Fire

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Hope is not a noun regional analysts of the Red-Sea-Rim associate with Somalia. Regardless of their optic — political, security, cultural, economic — most analysts offer,  following the Africanist school of Martin Meredith, grim reasons...

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...

Tale of a Jewish girl hidden during the Shoah

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Author Bart Van Es knew about Lien de Jong, the Jewish girl who was provided a home and a new identity with his grandparents during the time the Nazis occupied Holland. However, after such...

Friendship between Basques and Jews fuels novel

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While the Basque people of Vitoria, Spain, were Christians, like the Jews, they were outsiders, not quite like the other Christians of Castile or other parts of newly united Spain.  So, when King Ferdinand...