Occupy Paris

The economic and social upheavals that rocked France and its Jewish prime minister 75 years ago bear an uncanny resemblance to Occupy Wall Street

Left Behind

In his disappointing new memoir, Feeding on Dreams, Ariel Dorfman insists on the ponderous and universal over the nuances of his exile from Chile

The Lives of Others

Hungary has made a hard turn to the political right, but Holocaust survivor Karl Pfeifer, who in three decades of journalism has assailed Hungarian communists and Austrian fascists, refuses to let anti-Semitism return unchecked

Dissenter

Rosa Luxemburg was a Marxist activist in early 20th-century Berlin, murdered by her political enemies after World War I. She’s the topic of the debut edition of “Long Story Short,” a new podcast on people and ideas in Jewish life.

Cold Case

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union on March 29, 1951. Sixty years later, the case still crackles with controversy. Why is it so hard to put to rest?

Devastated

Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands contextualizes the story of Eastern European Jewry’s sad fate without relativizing it

Abraham Cahan Speaks

On his 150th birthday, an imaginary interview with the founding editor of the ‘Jewish Daily Forward’

Politics and Poesy

In early 20th-century Poland, poet Shmuel Nadler took off his yarmulke and took up with the Communists

The Proto-Neocon

Remembering Arnold Beichman

Jewish Left-Wing Sportswriter Lester Dies

An exemplar of his generation

The Firebrand

A new biography tries to extinguish the myth of the kinder, gentler Trotsky

Beyond Berlin

A Cold War anniversary reminds us not to take history for granted

Red Rosa Found?

Maybe, if Jerusalem woman’s spit says so

About-Face

Whittaker Chambers, Lionel Trilling and the anti-Communist turn

All in the Family

Historian Yuri Slezkine traces a line from his anti-Soviet classmates in Moscow back to their fervently Communist grandparents.

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