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1930s Los Angeles was a Pro-Nazi Hotbed

By On June 26, 2017

While America nervously watched the rise of the Third Reich in the early 1930s, some Nazi-sympathizing Los Angelinos were eagerly anticipating a Nazi future. In those years, the pro-Hitler German American Bund held… Read More

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These Young Sibs Resisted Hitler and Paid With Their Heads. Literally.

By On June 19, 2017

Exhausted from calling your representatives? Looking for new activist role models? Look no further than Hans and Sophie Scholl, the German teenagers who went from being part of Hitler Youth to leading… Read More

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This Viennese Writer Ran from Nazis to the Brazilian Jungle

By On May 15, 2017

The Viennese Jewish writer Stefan Zweig wrote about what you might expect a friend of Freud, Herzl, and Richard Strauss to write about: psychoanalysis, Judaism, rage, guilt, and sex. Zweig, who was born… Read More

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Amsterdam’s Jaw-Dropping 17th-Century Jewish Library

By On May 3, 2017

In 1639, Sephardic Jews in Amsterdam—many of whom had fled religious oppression in their home countries of Spain and Portugal—founded a school and meeting place that was a testament to their newfound… Read More

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Hitler Was a Secret Cocaine & Opiate Addict

By On March 29, 2017

Did you know that Adolf Hitler was on a drug cocktail of cocaine and opioids throughout World War II? Well, he was—and it’s the subject of Norman Ohler’s new book, Blitzed: Drugs in… Read More

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The Nazi Gravesite in the Heart of the Amazon

By On January 5, 2017

Deep inside the Brazilian Amazon there’s a curious site: A swastika-bearing cross marking a Nazi grave, inscribed: “Joseph Greiner died here of fever on Jan. 2, 1936, in the service of German… 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

Nazi Buried-Treasure Amber Room: Still Buried!
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Nazi Buried-Treasure Amber Room: Still Buried!

By On July 27, 2016

  In the closing hours of World War II, a room of unbridled opulence vanished. Laden with gold and gemstones, the Amber Room was valued at over $500 million, and was once… Read More

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Would Hannah Arendt Have Liked the Movie About Her Life?

By On April 25, 2016

Like most important thinkers, Hannah Arendt was many things: anti-nationalist but briefly Zionist, essentially German but defiantly Jewish, intellectually rigorous and romantically passionate. Vita Activa – the Spirit of Hannah Arendt, a… Read More

Tel Aviv's 1933 Purim Parade Starred This Hitler Float
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Tel Aviv’s 1933 Purim Parade Starred This Controversial Hitler Float

By On March 22, 2016

March 1933, Tel Aviv. While Zionist leaders debated how to protest Hitler’s rise to power and help German Jews emigrate, Tel Aviv residents were gearing up for their annual Adloyada Purim parade.… Read More

Another Astonishingly Talented Jewish Painter Who Was Killed by the Third Reich
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The Painter Charlotte Salomon Killed Her Grandfather. Then the Nazis Killed Her.

By On December 13, 2015

2017 marks the hundredth year since the birth of Charlotte Salomon, one of the last century’s greatest, darkest, and most under-appreciated Jewish painters. Charlotte Salomon grew up at a bad time. She… Read More

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NYC’s Subway is Plastered With Nazi Insignia. WTF?

By On November 24, 2015

  Three questions: Do you live in New York City? Do you take the subway to work? Did you feel like you woke up in a fascist dystopia this morning? If you… Read More