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We meet a second person connected to the SNCF deportations, Rosette Goldstein, and the fight for justice gets political

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A young Leo Bretholz is boarded onto a cattle car headed toward Auschwitz, and after a daring escape, begins the long journey toward safety, and sharing his story in America

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The Royal Ontario Museum (the ROM) recently announced its acquisition of a Judaica collection once owned by the prominent historian Cecil Roth (1899-1970). Born in London, Roth wrote extensively on Jewish history and was the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia Judaica. His collection includes such Judaica perennials as ketubot and brass Hanukah Lamps as well as some extraordinary items like an 18th-century Scroll of Esther illuminated in China and a double-seated circumcision seat (one place for the sandak or godfather, who held the child on his lap; the other for Elijah). This acquisition makes ROM’s Judaica collection one of the largest in North America.

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judaica americana

A recent auction at Kestenbaum and Company included a large offering of Americana that focused on Jews in the American Civil War, featuring photographs, autograph letters, and printed books.

A carte-de-visite photograph of General Quincy Gilmore (seated with walking stick) posing with four staff members including Alfred Mordechai Jr. (1840-1920), back row, middle. Mordechai graduated West Point like his father and became an authority in the field of ordnance (mounted guns and artillery) and ended his career with the rank of brigadier general.

A photograph taken at St. Peter’s Church in Yorktown depicting a camp of soldiers that includes “French’s Brigade,” a distinguished regiment that contained a large number of Jewish soldiers.

A carte-de-visite photograph of Captain Solomon Myers (1829-86) of the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry. Myers served from September 13, 1861 to October 13, 1864.

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