Zachary Solomon

Zachary C. Solomon is a Brooklyn-based writer and adjunct lecturer. You can find him at zacharycsolomon.wordpress.com.

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This Hot Yiddish Play Featured Broadway’s First Lesbian Kiss

By On March 20, 2017

When God of Vengeance first premiered in English on Broadway in 1923, the entire cast was brought to court on charges of indecency for featuring a lesbian kiss—a Broadway first. The prolific… Read More

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What’s So Funny About the Holocaust? This New Film Asks

By On March 14, 2017

The notion that, for millennia, Jews have used humor to cope with persecution and struggle isn’t new—but the idea that certain topics may be off-limits to that humor is. So the question… Read More

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Banksy’s Israeli-Palestinian Pillow Fight in a West Bank Hotel

By On March 7, 2017

For five-star accommodation, excellent turndown service, and a fine-tuned political consciousness, look no further than the latest creation of Banksy, the anonymous satirical British graffiti artist whose new hotel has scenic views… Read More

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100 Senators Received This New Hitler-Themed Card Game

By On March 2, 2017

Max Temkin, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity—the obsessively irreverent card game that involves coming up with the obscenest notions imaginable and guessing which of your horrible friends invented them—made a new game… Read More

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This Tiny Jew of Pennsylvania Led a Star-Studded, Enormous Life

By On February 24, 2017

Moishe Morris “Mace” Bugen was quite a sight. Standing three-and-a-half feet tall, Mace could be spotted driving “Hadassah” — a Jeep custom-fitted with extra-long pedals — around Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley from 1940… Read More

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Nazi Doctor Mengele’s Bones Are Now Used By Forensics Students

By On February 22, 2017

Since its discovery in 1985, the skeleton of Josef Mengele, the notoriously sadistic Nazi doctor and torturer, lay unclaimed in a blue plastic bag in São Paulo’s Legal Medical Institute—that is, until… Read More

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This Jewish Physicist Regretted His Work Toward the Bomb

By On February 16, 2017

What is it about Jews and bombs? Jewish physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer may have invented the atomic bomb, but the technology wouldn’t have existed without Leo Szilard. Leo Szilard, a Jewish physicist… Read More

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A Heart-Rending Play About Greek Jews in the Holocaust

By On February 7, 2017

Golgotha, the name of the hill outside of Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified, is a Ladino word for suffering. It is also the name of a powerful play recently staged in New York City, on… Read More

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Meet Vicki Baum, 19th-Century Novelist & Boxer

By On February 3, 2017

If you thought you were productive today, consider that Vicki Baum, a Jewish writer born in Vienna in 1888, wrote over 50 novels in her lifetime. Also, she was a boxer. Born… Read More

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Audrey Hepburn Fought the Nazis as a Teen

By On January 25, 2017

Legend has it that during the Nazi occupation of Holland, a teenaged Audrey Hepburn slipped through the streets as a courier, relaying documents and money between groups of resistance fighters—all while withering… Read More

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The Jewish Inventor of the Atomic Bomb

By On January 19, 2017

With all the recent bluster about nuclear armament, it might be wise to check in with the inventor of the bomb itself, the Jewish American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer, born in… Read More

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Marilyn Monroe Was Filmed by This Chutzpahdik German Jew

By On January 18, 2017

  It’s 1954. A young man and woman, dressed to the nines, she in a white cocktail dress, exit a Manhattan movie theater. They pause to chat. She stands over a subway… Read More