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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 new exhibit, “Anti-Semitism 1919-1939,” at the New-York Historical Society asks this question, and a 1936 children’s… Read More

Shel Silverstein and the Playboy Mansion
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When Shel Silverstein Was a Playboy Mansion Regular

By On November 29, 2015

Some people get their inspiration from singing in the shower or running cross-country. Others – like author Shel Silverstein – get them from the Playboy Mansion. Yes, Shel Silverstein. The same guy… Read More

Ione Skye’s Yiddish Vacation
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Ione Skye’s Yiddish Vacation

By On September 15, 2014

  Check out Kveller’s exclusive interview with Ione Skye! Actress Ione Skye—daughter of Scottish singer Donovan and American model Enid Carl, and best known as John Cusack’s brainy and beautiful love interest in Say Anything, has just… Read More

Good News: All-of-a-Kind Family is Back!
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Good News: All-of-a-Kind Family is Back!

By On June 30, 2014

All-of-a-Kind Family, the mid-century classic Sydney Taylor children’s series of Lower East Side literature, is back! And not in an “Oh how awful, they tarted up 80’s kid favorite Strawberry Shortcake” kind… Read More

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Yiddish Theater for the Kindergarten Set

By On November 28, 2013

A late-in-life career change isn’t so unusual. A mathematician who devotes his life to klezmer music. A full-time mom who starts her own business. But even in that context, what Betty Rosenberg Perlov has done is… Read More

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Bambi…and the Holocaust

By On June 24, 2013

The death of Bambi’s mother is many children’s first encounter with death. But the history of the book that inspired the film is even darker story than the story it tells. Born Siegmund… Read More

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The Jew Behind McDonald’s First Happy Meal

By On May 14, 2013

As an international bastion of treyf, McDonald’s doesn’t seem to have much Jewish going on. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find that the first Happy Meal box was designed by a… Read More

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Bumble-Ardy

By On March 21, 2012

The children’s author Maurice Sendak recently released Bumble-Ardy, the first book in three decades that he’s both written and illustrated. In fact, the story is not exactly new–it’s adapted from a short film Sendak made for Sesame Street in 1970.… Read More

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What Freedom Looks Like

By On March 13, 2012

The Katz Family Haggadah, at first glance, is deceptively simple–it looks like a children’s picture book. It features big-eyed cartoon kids, large, readable text, colorful spreads of blue skies and yellow sand, frogs, and an… Read More

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Curious George and the Nazis

By On December 27, 2011

When the Nazi party was gaining popularity in Germany, Hans Augusto Rey, a Jewish salesman, knew it was a good time to get out. He moved to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. There, he met and married… Read More

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