“My Yiddish-Speaking GPS”

by Jeffrey Kassel   THE LAST TIME I drove a car was over thirty years ago. Who needs a car in New York City? Getting a monthly spot in a garage costs more than our rent-stabilized apartment. I take the subway and bus. Real proletarian! Anyway, I needed to rent a car on business. Budget Rent-A-Car sounded […]

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Wednesday Night Fiction: Mahmoud

by Jeffrey Kassel WHEN I VISIT the old neighborhood to see my sister or visit my late mother’s house, I usually stop off at Essen Mart, a glatt-kosher heaven on Avenue M in Brooklyn. The neighborhood used to be secular, then Orthodox, now khasidic. Essen Mart makes wonderful soups, and I usually bring home a […]

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Soviet Photography at the Jewish Museum

by Jeffrey Kassel Discussed in this essay: The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film, curated by Susan Tumarkin Goodman. The Jewish Museum, September 25, 2015 – February 7, 2016. THE JEWISH MUSEUM in New York City has mounted an exhibit, “The Power Of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film,” on display […]

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The Pink Triangle

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals: An Exhibit by Jeffrey Kassel WHEN I WENT to high school in the 1960s in New York City, history classes did not teach us that the Nazis persecuted gays. In fact, I remember being taught that the Nazis were homosexuals. I also remember seeing a U.S. government propaganda film, produced with […]

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Putin’s Men: A Story

by Jeffrey Kassel ON AUGUST 6TH, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Black Fleet base in Sevastopol, Crimea, formerly of Ukraine, now of Russia. With the international and domestic press corps listening, he said, “Russia will protect the interests of Russians wherever they are, in Russia or abroad.” On September 3rd, a strange-looking vessel, more […]

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In Cuba, Thirty-Five Years Later

by Jeffrey Kassel I RECENTLY MADE A TRIP TO CUBA, 35 years after my first visit, in 1979, with Anniversary Tours, when Jimmy Carter opened up travel for Americans. Today, the State Department requires the auspices of a “People-To-People” program, so I went with Road Scholar. I went, in part, because Cuba is rapidly changing, […]

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