Masha Leon is an award-winning journalist and longtime cultural columnist for The Forward and other publications. She has won Poland's Knight Cross of Merit Medal for articles relating to Polish-Jewish affairs, and is a frequent speaker on her history as a Sugihara survivor.

An Exquisite Viennese Gala; Memories of Schwarzenegger

The 62nd Viennese Opera Ball in New York City, a lavish affair, celebrated Leonard Bernstein and Johann Strauss. And there was cake.


Rabbi Marvin Tokayer Honored for Lifetime of Service Between Jewish and Japanese Communities

Tokayer and his wife were sent to Japan by the Lubavitcher Rebbe in 1967: ‘We went for two years and forgot to come home.’


Horrors, After the War

An Interview with Martin Zandvliet, the Danish director of ‘Land of Mine,’ an Oscar-nominated film about German POWs who are forced by Danish authorities to dig up landmines with their bare hands after World War II


My Time With the Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds

Remembering the inimitable actress, who died in December, just a day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher. A public memorial is planned for both of them in March in Los Angeles.


Yiddish and Galas With Mary Tyler Moore

In the ’90s, Mary Tyler Moore and I would socialize and dance the hora at Jewish galas around New York City. We spoke a little Yiddish, too.

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