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The Real ‘Gidget’ Was a Jewish Surfer Girl Named Kathy

By On February 27, 2017

In the season premier of HBO’s “Girls” a couple weeks ago, creator and lead actress Lena Dunham revealed one of the great unsung Jewesses of American pop culture: California surf girl Gidget. Yes,… 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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How a Violin Brought a Holocaust Survivor and a 12-Year-Old Girl Together

By On February 23, 2017

“How long can you live with memories?” asks 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold at the start of Joe’s Violin, an astounding Oscar-nominated short documentary. It’s not an easy question to answer, but his new… 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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IKEA Israel’s Special Woman-Free Haredi Catalogue

By On February 21, 2017

How do the Haredi do hygge, the Nordic coziness concept that infuses IKEA? Judging from the pages of the catalogue recently made expressly for the design giant’s Israeli ultra-Orthodox clientele — without a woman… Read More

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How It Felt to Be a Holocaust Survivor in Skokie, Illinois

By On February 20, 2017

On June 25, 1978, after a year-long legal battle that had the whole nation debating the limits of free speech, a group of white supremacists were poised to march in the bucolic… Read More

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In 1936, Barcelona Was to Host the Anti-Nazi ‘People’s Olympiad’

By On February 17, 2017

In 1936, with Nazi Germany set to host the Summer Olympics, anti-fascist organizers in Barcelona decided to stage a parallel event: the People’s Olympiad. A hotbed of progressive and left-wing politics, the… 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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How Hungary’s Leading Anti-Semitic Politician Discovered His Jewish Roots

By On February 15, 2017

You may have followed the 2013 story of the Hungarian right-wing anti-Semitic leader Csanad Szegedi discovering that his grandmother was not only Jewish, but had survived Auschwitz. Joseph Martin’s new documentary Keep… Read More

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Fraggle Rock’s Yiddish-Speaking Trash Heap Named Marjory

By On February 14, 2017

Who do you go to when you need advice, along with a little sass? If you were a Fraggle, you would have gone to Marjory the Trash Heap, a miracle of puppet… Read More

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The Odd Couple Israeli Scientists Who Changed Psychology Forever

By On February 14, 2017

Amos and Danny were an unlikely duo. Amos Tversky was an eternal optimist, an Israeli military hero, and a neat freak. Even as a young man, Danny Kahneman was a pessimist and a worrier. Forced… Read More

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IvankaTrump.com Hearts Anne Frank

By On February 9, 2017

Anne Frank. Rosa Parks. Albert Einstein. Maya Angelou. Audre Lorde. What do these famous figures have in common? For one thing, they were all brilliant critics of oppressive political systems, celebrated for standing… Read More

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