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  • Martin Amis goes inside a fictional Nazi mind

    by Sarah Pines

    1 week ago

    While watching Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem in 1961, the philosopher Hannah Arendt wondered: “Could the activity of thinking as such … be of such a nature that it 'conditions' men against evildoing?" To Arendt, Eichmann’s incapacity for critical thinking mirrored the...

  • Ghosts of exile, examined

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    2 weeks ago

    Roger Cohen is an observer of Israel and the Middle East whose voice is especially commanding, and not only because he writes for The New York Times. As a former foreign correspondent, he is deeply experienced in the travails and troubles of the contemporary world. In “The Girl...

  • The post-war West Germans’ post-Holocaust distortions

    by Elaine Margolin

    3 weeks ago

    Historians understand that language is not a benign force.  It has tremendous power to radically alter our perception of the “truth.”  Those in power who control the dominant cultural narrative can create an accepted historical reality that never existed, or one that integrates...

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  • Russian-Jewish author explores breaking rules to get by

    By Rebecca Spence

    3 weeks ago

    When Boris Fishman began writing “A Replacement Life,” his award-nominated debut novel about a frustrated writer who forges Holocaust restitution claims for Soviet Jews in Brooklyn, he had no idea that the premise of his work-in-progress was playing out in real time.

    In the fall...

  • Sydney Taylor Book Award 2015 winners

    January 30, 2015 | 11:25 am

    Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock, author and illustrator of My Grandfather’s Coat, Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo, authors and illustrators of Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust and Donna Jo Napoli, author of Storm are the 2015 winners of the Sydney Taylor...

  • L.A.’s newest rookie transplant: Elaine Soloway

    by Esther D. Kustanowitz

    January 29, 2015 | 11:30 am

    Next time you move cross-country to Los Angeles, do it the Elaine Soloway way. (The SoloWay?) Pack whatever you can into flat-rate Priority Mail boxes from the post office and mail them over a period of six months. Get a place on airbnb.com in a hip L.A. neighborhood, close to...

  • Moving ‘God, Faith & Identity’ passes mantle of remembrance

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    January 28, 2015 | 2:56 pm

    Seventy years ago, the Red Army liberated the death camp at Auschwitz, an event that now marks the observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Ever since that day, we have been struggling to explain and understand what happened in the killing fields and concentration...

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