Sarah Zarrow

Sarah Zarrow is a Ph.D. candidate in Hebrew & Judaic Studies and History at New York University, focusing on the history of the Jews in Eastern Europe. In her spare time she dances and dreams of her next research trip.

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During the Holocaust, this Polish Oak Tree Sheltered Two Jews

By On April 27, 2017

In the Polish town of Wiśniowa, not far from Krakow, there is a large oak tree. It grows on the former grounds of the noble Mycielski family, and is thought to be… Read More

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Why Non-Jewish Nurses Studied Yiddish in 1930s Detroit

By On April 19, 2017

No one blinks an eye at an American studying French, or a Frenchman studying Spanish. Non-Jews studying Yiddish, on the other hand, have always attracted a lot of attention. Maybe it has… Read More

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This Bubbe’s White Wardrobe is NYC’s Hottest New Art

By On March 16, 2017

While she was alive, Sara Berman knitted, cooked, and babysat her grandchildren, Alex and Lulu. She had great style, and loved to help her grandkids arrange their closets. Her own NYC closet… Read More

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Why Jews’ Names Are Etched Onto Sidewalks Across Europe

By On March 6, 2017

In European cities like Berlin, Vienna, and Rome, with their striking architecture, gardens, and monuments, you’d be forgiven for not looking down once in a while. But if you did, you might notice a… Read More

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This Forgotten Soviet Artist Depicted Jewish Suffering

By On January 13, 2017

Raised images of Yiddish poets gaze at viewers from gravestones. These two-dimensional memorials, however, are the only gravestones these 12 poets murdered under Stalin would ever have. This series of portraits, called… Read More

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See 1900s Bukharan Jewish Children in Gorgeous Full Color

By On January 9, 2017

When we think about Jews in the Czarist Russia, what comes to mind? Probably black-and-white, or maybe sepia-toned, images of poor, pious Jews, shot through a dusty lens. So Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky’s… Read More

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Marking the Ghosts in Poland’s Old Jewish Cemeteries

By On December 5, 2016

How do you alert people to an absence? Across Poland, different communities come together to clean up and restore Jewish cemeteries. But in some places, those cemeteries have been not just neglected,… Read More

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A Granddaughter’s Visual Journey Through Her Bubbe’s Tragic Past

By On October 13, 2016

Amy Kurzweil’s The Flying Couch is an engrossing, graphic new take on a rich topic: third-generation reckoning with the legacy of the Holocaust. Through whimsical and moving cartoons, Kurzweil weaves together her own hypochondriacal girlhood, her… Read More

The Jewish Chicken Farmers of New Jersey
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The Jewish Chicken Farmers of New Jersey

By On May 23, 2016

Think “New Jersey Jews.” What do you see? Kids swimming at Jewish day camps, suburban synagogues surrounded by parking lots, Yiddish-speaking peasants raising chickens–Oh wait, not that last one? Think back to… Read More

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This 1936 Illustrated German Children’s Book Makes Anti-Semitism Look So Cute

By On May 17, 2016

How did Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitic ideas transform from the ravings of an outsider to official policy? A recent exhibit at the New-York Historical Society,“Anti-Semitism 1919-1939,” asked this question, and a 1936 children’s book supposedly… Read More

When Jewish Palm Readers Rubbed Elbows with Pushcart Peddlers
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When Jewish Palm Readers Rubbed Elbows With Pushcart Peddlers

By On December 28, 2015

If you peel back the layers of wallpaper in any older New York City apartment, you’re bound to find something intriguing—even if it’s only more ugly wallpaper. A decade ago, though, renovations… Read More

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The Fascinating Yiddish Origins of “Death of a Salesman”

By On October 22, 2015

  Linda Loman’s famous speech in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman demands that “attention must be paid” to a man like her husband Willy. In the New Yiddish Rep’s new staging… Read More