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Obama’s Unicorn Deal With Iran

A comparison of the White House’s political use of fairy tales in negotiating the terms of a nuclear program

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Woman in Gold and an Old Toyota

Remembering Maria Altmann, the uncompromising Klimt owner behind Helen Mirren’s portrayal in ‘Woman in Gold’

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When Repression, Regression, and Neurosis Seeped Into Viennese Music

New York Festival of Song’s Steven Blier’s latest program showcases Freud’s influence on the Golden Age of German lieder

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Austria’s Case Against Holocaust Survivor’s Son Falls Apart

Architectural historian faced one-year prison sentence over restitution claim

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A Grandfather’s Hidden Love Letters From Nazi Germany Reveal a Buried Past

Reporter Sarah Wildman’s grandfather escaped Vienna in 1938. Long after he died, she discovered the life—and lover—he left behind.

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The Jew Who Turned the Left Against Israel

A new book shows how Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky was the ancestor of the Jews who now serve in the hate-Israel movement

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A Soviet Drop-Out’s Journey to Freedom

In search of the traces of my refugee transit camp in Vienna, on my way to America

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How To Make Sacher Torte, the Legendary Dessert With a Jewish Pedigree

Video: Try this simple recipe for Vienna’s iconic chocolate treat, and make your own apricot jam to top it off

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Austria Is About To Send This Jew to Jail for Making a Restitution Claim. Why?

Stephan Templ, known for documenting stolen Jewish property, was convicted after failing to name other heirs—but sees it as payback

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Bassler’s Letter: How Hollywood’s Man in Vienna Escaped the Nazis

A fascinating letter tells the gripping story of the fateful extraction of the influential film industry lawyer Paul Koretz

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Did Richard Wagner Inspire Hitler or Did He Inspire ‘Star Wars’? And Does It Matter?

The whole question of modernity, in new assessments of the German composer and his work

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Sigmund Freud’s Sicko Grandson: Cruel Lover, Terrible Father, One Hell of a Painter

Two new biographical studies and dual exhibits in Vienna plumb the psychodrama of the great Lucian Freud

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Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’ Portrays the Judenrat as Moral Heroes of the Shoah

In a candid conversation, the great filmmaker considers his Jewish Orpheus, banality, and his final word

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Jonathan Franzen’s Love Letter to the Doyen of Jewish Intellectual Vienna

The anointed king of American letters’ eccentric new book, ‘The Kraus Project,’ is also hate mail for our shallow culture

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Operation Pillar of Defense Brings Out the Crazy

Jewish communities across the globe see protests, vitriolic chants

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David Rakoff Reads Bambi

Bambi was invented by a Viennese Jew. David Rakoff, who died Aug. 9, examined the story’s dark side in 2006.

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The Jewish Writer’s Dream Wife

Why I published Friderike Burger’s memoir of her service as femme de l’artiste to Stefan Zweig

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European Modernism, in Hebrew

With a rediscovered 1930s novel, Viennese Romance, Austrian writer David Vogel becomes a key figure in the creation of Modern Hebrew literature

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Daybreak: Western Force in Syria?

Plus what’s going to happen to Egypt, and more in the news

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Not a Fairy Tale

Children’s book illustrator Tom Seidmann-Freud—Sigmund Freud’s niece—led a short and tragic life, but her surreal, whimsical art endures

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Half Human

The German Jewish writer Joseph Roth, whose letters are newly translated, chronicled the death of 19th century Europe and the rise of its darker heir

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Open Road

Lost Books

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Understudy

The new production of Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera is well cast but marred by poor conducting

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Some People

In a spoken excerpt from her new memoir, Rachel Shukert recounts the final days of a European romance

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Daybreak: Ransom and Bounty

Shalit’s release could be imminent, plus Palin’s wisdom, scholarly dissent, and more in the news

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Unto the Sons

What the Wittgenstein family gained and lost

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The Office Series, Day Three: Kafka

How the writer’s work directly inspired his art

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Beginning of the End

Decadence and anti-Semitism in Arthur Schnitzler’s Vienna

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Third Life

For Jakov Lind, reinvention was the heart of fiction