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Primo Levi’s Comedy of Hell

The chemist and survivor—author of the most necessary of all books about the Shoah—would have turned 100 today

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The Nazi Who Saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe

The surprising story of how the sixth Chabad rabbi made it out of Warsaw

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Tales of the Jewish Working Class: Anarchism and the Multicultural Joys of New York

Third in a series on the anarchists and the Jews, conjuring the vibrant souls from the days when anarchism was an authentic current of the American labor movement, and the left wasn’t blindly anti-Israel

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A Blood-Stained Renoir on Exhibit in Paris

Fifty works in the collection of a former German arms dealer—including a renowned portrait of a Sephardic aristocrat—show how France fails to fully grapple with its collaboration in the Nazi art market for plundered works

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When Hollywood Fought Nazis

A new restoration of the 1940 dramatic thriller ‘The Mortal Storm’ reminds us of a rare era of studio political engagement, and the American isolationism and proto-communism that made it unpopular

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Red Eric

A worthy new biography of the late historian Eric Hobsbawm shows the ardent communist in the crucible of the 20th century

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Three Charms for Hitler

Harmful magic and practical Kabbalah in World War II, on the 74th anniversary of the death of the ‘ruler of the Germans’

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Self-Emancipation

How my historical research into the Jew-licenses of Cologne freed me from the grip of hate

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Joseph Eliyia, the Jewish Messiah of Greek Poetry

How two fundamental pillars of Western thought—classical Greek rationalism and monotheistic Jewish faith—collided in a remote area of the archipelago to produce a short-lived but influential communist

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Anti-Semitism and Orthodoxy in the Age of Trump

How religious Judaism helps shield the American president’s disparagement of globalism, cosmopolitanism, and other features of progressive secular Jewry from claims of anti-Semitism

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Ken Honda’s ‘Lessons of a Jewish Millionaire’

What a Japanese cultural ambassador and self-help guru learned from the retirees of West Palm Beach

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Soutine Is the Kafka of Painting

Twinned artistic prophecies of the destruction of the Jewish people in Europe, on Chaim Soutine’s 125th birthday

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Message From a Yiddish Werewolf

A 1920s epic poem about fear, and Jewish vulnerability, that could have been about 1944—or 2018

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Through the Lens of Nissim Levis

An exhibit of stereoscopic photographs portrays a rarefied vision of Greek Jewish life, almost entirely wiped out in World War II

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An Introduction to ‘Katerina’

In a note to his Ukrainian readers dictated before his death last year, Aharon Appelfeld explains the sources of his haunting novel of prewar Poland

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Aharon Appelfeld, a Memory

One year after the death of the great writer, his humanity still shines

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The Milk Can

Who gets to trifle with despair?

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Giorgio Bassani’s Memorial Tapestry

A first English translation of the great Italian Jewish author’s single-volume compendium of tales of Ferrara reminds us of the power of his ghosts

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Lev Ginzburg, Soviet Translator

The story of a Jewish Germanophile who became a Soviet investigator of Nazi crimes

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Much War Again Today, No Sleep Last Night

A World War II love story in letters

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The Banality of the Eichmann Trial

How the architect of the Final Solution, an otherwise unremarkable bureaucrat, became a star character for film

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The Amazing Return of the Yabloner Rebbe

An astonishing true story of a man’s encounter with fate

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We Seek Our Brothers

On the anniversary of the Bialystok Ghetto uprising, Haika Grossman remembers the fire of revolt that sealed the fate of the remnants of Polish Jewry

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Those Who Left and Those Who Rebelled

On the 75th anniversary of the Bialystok Ghetto uprising, a Jewish fighter remembers how the fires were lit

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Gangsters vs. Nazis

How the Jewish mob fought American admirers of the Third Reich

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The Diary of Anne

The very private non-Holocaust-related life of Anne Frank: teenage manga girl, tampon-marketer, European traveler, and emblem of the twin evils of war and intolerance—and the Japanese ‘culture of apology’

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Italy Seeks to Remember Sheltering Holocaust Survivors—and Aliyah Bet

As Italy celebrates the birth of the Italian Republic in 1946, its political left finds a use in reviving the history of ordinary Italians who helped WWII refugees make their way to Palestine

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New Documents Reveal FDR’s Eugenic Project to ‘Resettle’ Jews During World War II

As the Holocaust raged, the American president secretly asked his government to study the possible resettlement of remaining European refugees in Africa and South America. His goal: for Jews to be ‘spread thin all over the world.’

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The History and Future of Holocaust Research

How newly opened archives, a wider European scope, transnational narratives, and integrated big data are changing our understanding of the Shoah

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New Documentary, Airing Tonight on PBS, Explores the Sacrifice of World War II’s GI Jews

Fighting Hitler was one thing; facing the anti-Semitism of their fellow American soldiers was another

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