Anna Wrobel

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    The Great Tax Heist and "The General Welfare"

    December 22, 2017Anna Wrobel

    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 a wide distribution of prosperity. Many of them make far more fortune on debt and bankruptcy than on creative economic development. Yet ...

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    Thursday Night Poetry: Hillel's Disciple

    April 6, 2017Anna Wrobel

    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 the story the fishes and the loaves himself unhoused loved the poor above all it's need that called him and this he answered first imagine how much love to pull food from the air consider how much love if we the p...

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    Lee Sharkey's Walk into the Jewish Depths

    February 16, 2017Anna Wrobel

    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 listens to and esteems the poor and the troubled. Her travels to Eastern Europe, which inspired Walking Backwards, arose from the same unselfishly observa...

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    Three Political Poems

    December 1, 2016Anna Wrobel

    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 or complex, Bernie speaks in terms comprehensible and digestible. Consider the political miracle of a Brooklyn Jewish guy (with the accent to...

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    Genocide and the Destruction of Nation-States

    April 28, 2016Anna Wrobel

    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 secondary sources. I appreciate Professor Snyder’s deep conviction regarding the historian’s role beyond chronicler, as indicated by his subtitle: “The ...

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    Protecting the Victims Again

    October 29, 2015Anna Wrobel

    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." [caption id="attachment_39794" align="alignright" width="300"]     Yom HaShoah in Israel: The siren sounds.[/caption] 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 the other. Honoring resisters is a noble project tha...

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    How It Happened

    October 14, 2014Anna Wrobel

    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.   SINCE CHILDHOOD, I'VE ASKED why my beautiful grandmother had to die by gas at Treblinka with her younger children trailing; why my other grandmother should...

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    Women Among Nazism's Killers

    July 20, 2014Anna Wrobel

    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 from Soviet archives made available in the early 1990s. Where is the patriarchy in her narrative? Heaven knows it's everywhere, and Lower understands this — b...

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