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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

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See Stunning Portraits of the Queer Women of Weimar Germany

By On January 3, 2017

In Weimar Berlin, the stars seemed to align for German Jewish photographer Marianne Breslauer. Born into a family of art lovers, Breslauer was encouraged to pursue photography. She had been a pupil at… Read More

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This Floating Nazi Barrack Was (Accidentally) Bombed at Sea

By On November 30, 2016

When you think of tragedy at sea, the names Titanic and St. Louis probably come to mind. But don’t forget the German luxury liner S.S. Cap Arcona. Built in 1926, the Cap… Read More

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‘The Sound of Music’ in Hebrew Is Lovely — And Hilarious

By On September 29, 2016

The Sound of Music probably conjures up images of Julie Andrews skipping through lush alpine meadows with blonde children—not exactly the people or the landscape familiar to Israeli kids. But that hasn’t… 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

The Renowned German Jewish Woman Writer You've Never Heard Of
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The Best German Jewish Woman Writer You’ve Never Heard Of

By On September 15, 2016

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, literature is still just emerging from the former East Germany. The latest is Crossing: A Love Story, a gripping novel by a Jewish… Read More

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The Jewish Louis Armstrong Died in Obscurity 40 Years Ago Today

By On August 8, 2016

Forty years ago today, the world lost a little swing in its step. The swing belonged to a remarkable jazz musician named Adolph “Eddie” Ignatievich Rosner. Rosner was known for playing two… 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… Read More

You Benefit From This Austrian Refugee's Inventions; Now Learn His Name
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The Austrian Jewish Refugee With Over 650 Patents to His Name

By On April 18, 2016

The prodigy is an almost mythical character: a person who, from an impossibly young age, shows mastery in areas that would take others a lifetime to achieve. The Inventor’s Dilemma: The Remarkable… Read More

Eva Hesse, The Extraordinary Sculptor Who Died at 34
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Eva Hesse, The Extraordinary Sculptor Who Escaped the Nazis then Died at 34

By On January 11, 2016

Minimalist art is characterized by a kind of machine-made reductiveness, a movement transgressive in its simplicity. So what would post-minimalism look like? Just check out the breathtaking work of the late Eva… Read More

The Fake Typhus Epidemic That Saved Thousands From the Nazis
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How Nazis Were Fooled by a Fake Typhus Epidemic

By On November 4, 2015

A doctor wants to prevent disease. But what if the appearance of being sick could save your patient’s life? That’s what confronted two doctors in Rozwadów, Poland, during the Second World War.… Read More

Why the Warsaw Zoo has a Jewish Museum
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Why the Warsaw Zoo Has a Jewish Museum

By On October 7, 2015

  Warsaw’s newest addition to its zoo isn’t another monkey cage or dolphin show. It’s—wait for it—a Jewish museum. But it’s not how it sounds. Located in a modest white house, the… Read More

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