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In an afterword to the 25th anniversary edition of Portnoy’s Complaint, Philip Roth tells a story about the first lines of his novels. When he was living in Chicago in the late 1950’s, he says, he once went to a … Continue reading
Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Heinz Geiringer was a Jewish teenager in Amsterdam when the Nazis invaded the city in 1940. For two years, the family lived in hiding, with Heinz’s sister and mother separating from him and … Continue reading
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Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day—Yom HaShoah Alfred Kantor was 22 when he was sent to Theresienstadt, the ”model ghetto” 40 miles north of Prague that the Nazis had created for Czech Jews. He was then sent to Auschwitz and, later, … Continue reading
LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax famously refused to take the mound on the first day of the World Series in 1965; it was Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. He was the best pitcher in the world … Continue reading
Spider Martin: Jim Letherer on the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march in 1965. Letherer was a civil rights activist from Saginaw, Michigan. He lost a leg to bone cancer as a boy, and it was his own experience growing … Continue reading
Jan Bulhak: Das Ghetto (1915); Vilnius, Lithuania
Flag of the London Jewish Bakers Union (1925) (source)
Chaim Nachman Bialik: The Roosters and the Fox; Omanut Press, ca. 1921 (source)