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March 16: Herb Kurz: Life Insurance and Civil Liberties

Herb Kurz, the founder of Presidential Life Insurance in 1965 and a progressive supporter of civil liberties activism, was born on this date in 1920. Kurz was the key funder of the NYU Tamiment Library’s Frederic Ewen Center, named for his uncle, a Brooklyn College professor who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. The Center […]

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Contra “Shabbat”

by Mitchell Abidor Peter Novick, in his 1999 The Holocaust in American Life — a brilliant analysis of the process by which the Holocaust went from being, in American Jewish life, the subject of shame and silence to a central fact and a sacralized event — speaks of the “profound ‘Israelization'” of American Jews following […]

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