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July 14: Wilhelm Rapp, Abolitionist

Wilhelm Rapp, an emigré from the 1848 revolution in the German states who became an active abolitionist in the U.S., was born in southern Germany on this date in 1827. Rapp edited German-language newspapers in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Baltimore, where his anti-slavery views made him a target of mob violence in that Confederate-sympathizing city; during […]

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Radical Yiddish: Kulbak’s Minsk, Kahn’s Berlin

by Joel Schechter Soviet Yiddish writer Moyshe Kulbak, arrested and executed in 1937, could be one of the poètes maudits (accursed or outsider poets) about whom Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird sing in their new release, Bad Old Songs: ah yes wasn’t it miserable, wasn’t it grand? when the world had an iron divide […]

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