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The Only Kosher Butcher Shop in Cuba
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The Only Kosher Butcher in Cuba

By On January 13, 2015

For the kashrut-observant Cuban, there’s only one place to go for a piece of meat. Situated on Acosta Street in Old Havana is Cuba’s sole kosher butcher shop. For nearly 70 years,… Read More

LA's First Jew
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L.A.’s First Jew

By On January 6, 2015

There are more than half a million Jews in Los Angeles, making up roughly six percent of the metro area’s population. When did it all begin? Who was the first Angeleno Jew?… Read More

When Donald Duck Was Captured by Nazis
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When Donald Duck Was Captured by Nazis

By On September 17, 2014

Poor Donald Duck. He was just trying to get some shut-eye when a marching band featuring some of our favorite Axis leaders—Goebbels, Himmler, Mussolini—prods him out of bed with a bayonet at… Read More

The Jews Who Carved the Carousel Horses
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The Jews Who Carved the Carousel Horses

By On August 1, 2014

There’s nothing like mounting a horse, tossing your head back, and riding off in the California surf. Unless, of course, your horse is handcrafted by Torah ark woodcarvers, and mounted to a pole… Read More

Was The Composer Richard Strauss a Nazi?
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Was The Composer Richard Strauss a Nazi?

By On July 18, 2014

So yes, he may have been the greatest composer of the 20th century. He may have been a Nazi, too. Though he never joined the party or used the Nazi greeting, Strauss cooperated… Read More

The Holocaust Play Too Scandalous for the American Stage
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The Holocaust Play Too Scandalous for the American Stage

By On July 7, 2014

When you think of secret diaries from World War II, your first thought is probably Anne Frank. But there’s a much stranger and darker text that most people don’t know about—the diary of… Read More

The Jew Behind the Monokini
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The Jew Behind the Monokini

By On July 2, 2014

It can’t be said that the Nazis launched many fashion careers, but when, after the Anschluss, Hitler banned nudity in buff-loving Austria, a young Rudi Gernreich may have taken note. Gernreich, who would become famous as the inventor… 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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The Jew Who Gave Roosevelt a Bad Rap

By On August 30, 2013

Close your eyes and picture the one person who did the most to save Jews from the Holocaust. Did you picture Oskar Schindler? Irena Sendler? Raoul Wallenberg? How about…Franklin Delano Roosevelt? If a Zionist activist… Read More

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The Jewish Salami War

By On August 7, 2013

Although keeping kosher was not a priority for most of the 500, 000+ Jews who served in the US military during World War II, kosher salami was among the most sought after Jewish comfort foods.… Read More

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Nazis in Brooklyn?

By On June 3, 2013

Believe it or not, Nazi sympathizers were out and about in the borough as early as 1934. It started in 1934 when Heinz Spanknobel, a German immigrant, put together a gathering called “Friends of… Read More

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“Hang That Jew Or We’ll Hang You!”

By On May 1, 2013

One of the most horrific episodes of anti-Semitism in American history – the lynching of Leo Frank – began 100 years ago last week. On April 27, 1913, a night watchman found the bloody… Read More

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