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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Ellis Island and the name ‘Kaputnik’

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Visiting my family in this Contra County town, I happened across a book from the PJ Library titled Mrs. Kaputnik’s Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium by Rona Arato.  Now, I’m one of those fellows who...

Chesler’s memoir insightful into feminist movement

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Possibly before, but especially after publication of Women and Madness, which exposed the practice of falsely committing women to insane asylums and the abuse of women within those institutions, author Phyllis Chesler has been among...

Twenty Years with the Jewish Labor Bund: A Memoir of Interwar Poland, By Bernard...

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Bernard Goldstein’s memoir describes a hard world of taverns, toughs, thieves, and prostitutes; of slaughterhouse workers, handcart porters, and wagon drivers; and of fist- and gunfights with everyone from anti-Semites and Communists to hostile...

A Holocaust book for older preteens

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That there are casualties and atrocities in war for both soldiers and civilians is summed up best by General U. S. Grant, “War is hell!” How about when there is no war? Should civilians...

Survivor’s son tracks down his father’s WWII story

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Released for publication on Jan. 19, this book is a combination memoir and biography; a memoir by son Jack J. Hersch of his painstaking efforts to visualize and reconstruct the experiences of his father,...

Novel relates a lesser known Holocaust experience

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There are aspects of the story that are hauntingly familiar: A banging on the door and an arrest; people being crammed so tightly into boxcars that many have to sleep in cramped discomfort or...

Recorded Yiddish Books from the Sami Rohr Collection

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Der 'Yiddish Book Center' fun Amherst, Massachusets (noent tzu di shtot Boston), hobn mir gebetn aykh ibertzugebn vegn dem oysfarkoif fun IDISHE AUDIO-BIJER mit verk fun Sholem Ash; I.B. Zinger; Rojl Aoyerbaj; I.L.Peretz; Sholem...

Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ also about belonging

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If one theme predominates throughout former First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir, it is that, notwithstanding the fact that she and her husband had risen to the very pinnacle of power and prestige in the...

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,...

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, by Ari Shavit

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Winner of the Natan Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel, by one of the most influential journalists...