The Holocaust for Communists
The East German-Bulgarian Holocaust movie ‘Sterne,’ screening this weekend at the New York Jewish Film Festival, is one of a group of visceral films made in Communist countries by or with people who survived the war
· January 18, 2017
The Book That Obama Won’t Read, But Hillary Clinton Should
Sixty years after the Suez Crisis, two new histories of the Egypt-Israel conflict try to garner lessons on the Mideast and American power in a changing world
· October 20, 2016
The Forgotten Founder of ‘Partisan Review’ Wrote Porn and Thrillers
What happened when Kenneth Fearing’s Communist sympathies came up against his ideas about art?
· July 31, 2014
Fiction and Essays
Jacob Wallenstein Is the Greatest Science-Fiction Writer to Never Have Lived
The Israeli’s magnum opus, ‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow,’ is so good, it should have existed
· October 16, 2013
My Jewish Mother Was a Communist, and Other Tales of Lost Leftists
Jonathan Lethem’s new novel ‘Dissident Gardens’ traces three generations of American Jewish radicalism
· September 3, 2013
Stranger Than Pulp Fiction
Crime writer Ed Lacy died 45 years ago. Few knew he was also a
contributor and communist darling.
· January 7, 2013
Wanted: Jewish Male Psychopath
Kevin Dutton’s new best-seller rehashes Norman Mailer’s ideas on deviance, but it leaves out Jewish men
· December 26, 2012
Theater & Dance
Don’t Ask, Don’t Ask
Artists, particularly in theater, are still plagued by the slur “Gay Commie Jew.” But how did it come about?
· November 6, 2012
Visual Art & Design
The Ruins of the Borscht Belt
A ghostly chaise at Grossinger’s, rubble at the Concord, and other photos of once-great Catskills resorts
· June 15, 2012
The Candy Store Poet
Herschel Silverman, a poet and candy store owner from Bayonne, N.J., was immortalized and befriended by Allen Ginsberg. At 85, the beat goes on.
· April 2, 2012
Herman Wouk wrote a foundational text for American postwar Modern Orthodoxy, and for the emancipated Jewish literature in its wake
· February 21, 2012
Visual Art & Design
Did Jewishness inform Robert Frank’s photographic vision?
By David Kaufmann · February 25, 2009