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The Great Tax Heist and “The General Welfare”

by Anna Wrobel   THE TAX THEFT being perpetrated by Republicans will create little that is living, but will instead produce a growing austerity. The big winners will continue to siphon our public treasury for private gain at ever greater speed and volume, with no legal compulsion that the wealthiest receivers do anything constructive for the economy nor for […]

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Thursday Night Poetry: Hillel’s Disciple

by Anna Bat-Chai Wrobel I He washed the beggar’s feet you know the paintings seated low long back yielding to an angle of service his head bowed enough for the poor man to look down both humbled not humiliated each in awe of the humanity of the other II He fed the multitudes you know […]

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Lee Sharkey’s Walk into the Jewish Depths

by Anna Wrobel Discussed in this essay: Walking Backwards, poetry by Lee Sharkey, Tupelo Press, 2016, 89 pages. “I found a fruitful world, because my ancestors planted it for me. Likewise I am planting for my children.” –Talmud LEE SHARKEY has been a midwife of sorts, drawing profoundly compelling poetry from disadvantaged Maine women. She […]

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Three Political Poems

IN HONOR OF BERNIE SANDERS by Anna Wrobel ON TUESDAY November 29th, on Democracy Now, Amy Goodman broadcast her interview with Bernie Sanders, who was relaxed yet animated, analytical and warm, serious and funny, a fully human mentsh displaying his usual coherence in his presentation of economic and social principles. Whether these principles be obvious […]

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Genocide and the Destruction of Nation-States

Timothy Snyder’s Analysis of the Holocaust by Anna Wrobel From the Spring 2016 issue of Jewish Currents Discussed in this essay: Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, by Timothy Snyder. Tim Duggin Books, 2015, 480 pages. TIMOTHY SNYDER’S Black Earth, like his Bloodlands (2010), plumbs and synthesizes a great trove of primary and […]

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Protecting the Victims Again

The Continuity Between Resisters and Victims in the Holocaust by Anna Wrobel From the Autumn 2015 special issue of Jewish Currents on the theme, “Honoring the Jewish Resistance.” THERE IS NO BINARY CODE of resister versus victim when it comes to the Nazi genocide, but a continuum occupied by both, the one intimately fused to […]

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How It Happened

A German Scholar Ponders Holocaust Pre-History by Anna Wrobel From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents Reviewed in this essay: Why the Germans? Why the Jews? Envy, Race Hatred, and the Pre-history of the Holocaust, by Gotz Aly, translated from the German by Jefferson Chase. Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, New York, 2014, 276 pages.   […]

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Women Among Nazism’s Killers

by Anna Wrobel Discussed in this essay: Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, by Wendy Lower. Houghton Mifflin, 2013, 270 pages. WENDY LOWER WANTS TO TELL US SOMETHING about women we need to know; that they can fall into violence, brutality, and criminal indifference. Her sources, raw and plentiful, come fresh plucked […]

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