Zachary Solomon

Zachary Solomon

Zachary Solomon is a Brooklyn-based writer and current Fiction MFA candidate at Brooklyn College. You can find him at zacharycsolomon.wordpress.com and on Twitter at @z_solomon.

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This Austrian Jew Played ‘Fiddler’s’ Tevye 2000 Times

By On September 23, 2016

A couple months ago, the world lost a truly singular talent: a man of exceptional range and kindness, a real gutte neshuma (a good soul). That man was 91-year-old Theodore Bikel: actor, singer,… Read More

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These American Holocaust Rescuers Are Remembered in Ken Burns’s New Film

By On September 19, 2016

Documentarian Ken Burns, known for award-winning films like Jazz and Baseball (and bad haircuts), now turns his sights on an untold chapter of Holocaust history: the extraordinary story of Americans Waitstill and… Read More

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Eric Clapton Wrote a Soundtrack to Auschwitz

By On September 6, 2016

The world was a little perplexed when, a few years ago, legendary guitarist Eric Clapton played a show in Oswiecim, home of Auschwitz. Now the bluesman is back again—this time in the… Read More

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Brother Theodore Survived Dachau Then Made Dark, Wonderful Comedy About Despair

By On September 1, 2016

If you were knew of Brother Theodore, you know him for his monologues. Lit starkly, dark eyes aglint, the German-born Jewish comedian ranted about death and dismay—in the funniest way possible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbkgLdXPL64… Read More

No Longer A Footnote in Her Father's Story, Nadja Spiegelman Publishes a Memoir of Her Own
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Nadja Spiegelman Descended From Three Generations of Tough, Remarkable Women

By On August 22, 2016

“I have always known what it means to be a character in someone else’s story,” writes Nadja Spiegelman, daughter of New Yorker art director Francoise Mouly and legendary Maus graphic novelist Art… Read More

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Jewish Haitian-American TV Host Eric André is Taking Comedy By Storm

By On August 18, 2016

There’s a very good chance that Eric André is not for you. The Jewish Haitian-American comedian excels at a brand of absurdist, surrealist humor that marries the delicious discomfort of Larry David… Read More

Was Famous Psychoanalyst Carl Jung an Anti-Semite?
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Was Famous Psychoanalyst Carl Jung an Anti-Semite?

By On August 15, 2016

Let’s get one thing straight: The seminal Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung was not an anti-Semite–no, sorry, Carl Jung was definitely an anti-Semite. Or—wait. Which is it? Let’s look at the facts. One… Read More

With This New Hotline, Now You, Too, Can Dial-a-Jew
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With This New Hotline, Now You, Too, Can Dial-a-Jew

By On August 10, 2016

The modern Jew comes in all flavors. So with such variety, wouldn’t it be great to, every once in a while, pick up the phone and sample a brand new Jew? Introducing… Read More

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Yiddish, Pig Skin, and Other Surprises in Jell-O’s Troubled Jewish Past

By On August 8, 2016

Long a staple of the American Jewish desert table, Jell-O has a much more divisive and political origin story than you’d expect from a wobbly gelatinous mass. As told in Roger Horowitz’s… Read More

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Meet the French Boy Whose Forged Papers Saved 14,000 Jews

By On August 3, 2016

Finding out that your parent has a second life isn’t typically a good thing. But for French author Sarah Kaminsky, learning the full story of her father’s past changed her life for… Read More

What Ever Happened to the Jews of Sicily?
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What Ever Happened to the Jews of Sicily?

By On August 1, 2016

It’s not exactly known when the first Jews arrived in Sicily—some accounts say 1400 years ago, some say 2000; some say as captive slaves after the 1st-century fall of Jerusalem, some say… Read More

Nazi Buried-Treasure Amber Room: Still Buried!
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Nazi Buried-Treasure Amber Room: Still Buried!

By On July 27, 2016

In the closing hours of World War II, a room of unbridled opulence vanished. Laden with gold and gemstones, the Amber Room was valued at over $500 million, and was once thought… Read More