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April 26: The Boxer in Auschwitz

Salamo Arouch, a champion Greek boxer who survived for two years in Auschwitz by boxing and defeating more than two hundred other prisoners for the entertainment and betting pleasure of their Nazi captors, died in Israel at 86 on this date in 2009. Arouch had been the middleweight champion of Greece (1938) and the Balkans […]

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The Uncivil Servant: Albert Maysles’ Last Film

by Mitchell Abidor ALBERT MAYSLES, the documentary filmmaker who directed, along with his brother David (who died in 1987), three classic films, Salesman, Gimme Shelter, and Grey Gardens, died in March of this year at age 88, just before the release of his final film, Iris. His earlier films, aside from their pure cinematic genius, […]

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Great Women of Yiddish Poetry

by Ellen Cassedy From the Spring, 2015 issue of Jewish Currents Reviewed in this Essay: A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987, by Kathryn Hellerstein. Stanford University Press, 2014, 512 pages. The Acrobat: Selected Poems of Celia Dropkin, translated by Faith Jones, Jennifer Kronovet, and Samuel Solomon. Tebot Bach, New World Translation Series, […]

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