Dance Party for Buchenwald Survivors!

May 27, 2015
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Dance Party for Buchenwald Survivors!

Every year, a group of Buchenwald concentration camp survivors in Australia mark the anniversary of their liberation – April 11, 1945 – with “The Buchenwald Ball,” a full-blown dance party. In 2005, as the “Buchenwald Boys,” the 45 orphans liberated by U.S. troops, planned a gala ball to mark the…

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Pop Sensation Lorde, Now in Yiddish

May 26, 2015
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Pop Sensation Lorde in a Gorgeous Yiddish Rendition

Do you wish pop star Lorde would lay down a track in Yiddish already? Well, the next best thing just happened. The Technicalities, an Israeli husband-and-wife Yiddish music duo in their early 30s, recently recorded this cover of Lorde’s hit song “Team.” Shira Z. Carmel — who also sings in…

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The Muslim Girls at Kolkata’s Jewish School

May 26, 2015
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The Muslim Girls at Kolkata's Jewish School

“I wake up in the morning and take the name of Allah, go off to sleep after reciting some suras, after namaz and all. I believe no matter what happens Allah will be with me wherever I go.” What? Doesn’t sound like the words of a student at a Jewish…

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The Jewish Woman Who Taught Us What We Know About Kids

May 22, 2015
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The Woman Who Led a 20th-Century Parenting Revolution

If you thought our current obsession with all things parenting (like, ahem, parenting websites) was something new to the modern world, think again. Dorothy Walter Baruch, who was born in 1899, made the emotional, physical, and intellectual well-being of children her life’s work. Given how many of us agonize over…

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This Jew is Planning the Biggest Family Reunion in the World

May 21, 2015
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The Biggest Family Reunion in the World

On June 6th, Jewish journalist A.J. Jacobs will be hosting a Global Family Reunion and everyone is invited. Literally, everyone. It’s happening at the site of the 1964 New York World’s Fair – now the New York Hall of Science. So far the RSVP list includes Morgan Spurlock, David Blaine,…

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Meet the Jewish Bubbe Who Happens to Be a Literary Genius

May 20, 2015
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Discover the New England Bubbe Who Turns Out is a Literary Genius

It’s a beautiful thing when a writer gets discovered. Especially when the writer is a Jewish grandmother in her seventies who has spent a lifetime mastering the art of the short story—an effort for which she is only now being recognized. Since her first publication in 1969, Edith Pearlman has…

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The Yiddish Writer and His Harem of Beautiful Translators

May 19, 2015
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The Yiddish Writer and His Harem of Beautiful Translators

When Asaf Galay began to read Isaac Bashevis Singer in English, he noticed a note at the end of every story: “Translated by the author and ______.” The co-translator was almost always a woman. Who were these women? How much are they to thank for the reputation of the best-known…

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Australian Spies Take on Hitler in the Weirdest TV Show Ever

May 18, 2015
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Australian Spies Take on Hitler in the Weirdest TV Show Ever

Set in a strange, campy 1960s interpretation of World War II, Danger 5, an Australian action comedy, is the kind of show where cocktail recipes and freeform Santana-esque jamming play important—no, vital—roles. The plot is simple: Hitler is alive and well, and Danger 5, a ragtag team of international spies…

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The Nobel-Winning Scientist Who Wouldn’t Let the Nazis Keep Her Down

May 15, 2015
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The Nobel-Winning Scientist Who Wouldn't Let the Nazis Keep Her Down

Born in Turin, in northwestern Italy, on April 22, 1909, Rita Levi-Montalcini had began her research on nerve cells at the University of Turin. But after being banned from the university in a purge of Jews in 1938, and then forced to hide during the Nazi occupation of Italy, she…

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Why This Weird Looking Mushroom is Called “Jew’s Ear”

May 14, 2015
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Why This Weird-Looking Mushroom is Called Jew's Ear

What do Judas Iscariot and hot and sour soup have in common? A rubbery mushroom known as Auricularia auricula-judae or Jew’s ear. The term “Jew’s ear” might make you feel funny, but it was not intended to be anti-Semitic. It’s more about the fact that these tasty mushrooms look a…

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Watch Emma Goldman’s Radical Life, 75 Years After Her Death

May 13, 2015
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Honor Emma Goldman and the 75th anniversary of her death the 21st-century way: by watching a documentary about her on YouTube. Through a combination of archival photographs, letters, journals, and reenactments, director Mel Bucklin’s 90-minute film, Emma Goldman, flashes back to Goldman’s childhood but focuses on her most productive years,…

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Exposing The Secrets Behind Nazi Propaganda Films

May 12, 2015
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Nazi Films in Theaters -- for Free!

Under the Third Reich, a staggering 1,200 feature films were produced by Joseph Goebbels’s Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. Of those films, 44 are still banned from broadcast or public showing in Germany, unless with the supervision and contextualizing of an expert. Forbidden Films: The Hidden Legacy of Nazi…

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