Authors / Mitchell Abidor

Mitchell Abidor, a contributing writer to Jewish Currents, is a writer and translator living in Brooklyn. Among his books are a translation of Victor Serge’s Notebooks 1936 – 1947, May Made Me: An Oral History of My 1968 in France, and I’ll Forget it When I Die, a history of the Bisbee Deportation of 1917. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Liberties, Dissent, The New York Review of Books, and many other publications.

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The Overlooked Loyalties of Ethel Rosenberg
A new biography of the martyr captures the texture of her life and times but fails to fully investigate her political convictions.
Mitchell Abidor March 2, 2022
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The Politically Expedient Jewishness of Éric Zemmour
For the new standard bearer of the French far right, Jewish identity provides cover for Islamophobia, racism, and antisemitism.
Mitchell Abidor and Miguel Lago December 6, 2021
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A Little Bit Nazi
Yishai Sarid’s new novel, The Memory Monster, is a bleak, brilliant reckoning with Israeli Holocaust memorialization.
Mitchell Abidor December 3, 2020
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Police State Procedural
The new season of Fauda takes the denigration of Palestinians to new depths.
Mitchell Abidor June 2, 2020
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Self-Hater
In Nadav Lapid’s new film, Synonyms, a young Israeli attempts to outrun his own Israeliness.
Mitchell Abidor October 23, 2019
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No Heroes
Mr. Klein stands out among Holocaust films for refusing easy paths of pure villainy and simple redemption.
Mitchell Abidor September 3, 2019
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Endangered Democracies
A new documentary asks: Has Brazil’s democracy been merely a passing dream?
Mitchell Abidor July 15, 2019
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The Past Is Not Past
The Romanian filmmaker Radu Jude interrogates his country’s antisemitic history and its echoes in the present.
Mitchell Abidor December 25, 2018
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What Marx Got Wrong
A new biography of the philosopher misses the shortcomings of the Marxist tradition.
Mitchell Abidor September 20, 2018
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‘Fauda’ and the Act of Israeli Ventriloquism
The new season of the hit Israeli show Fauda continues in its portrayal of brutish Israelis and cowardly Palestinians.
Mitchell Abidor June 27, 2018
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Indonesia’s Unmourned Communists
A new work addresses the long-neglected mass politicide of communists in Indonesia.
Mitchell Abidor May 23, 2018
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The Kremlin Ball
Ex-fascist diplomat Curzio Malaparte’s masterpiece blends the real, the improbable, and the impossible in Soviet Russia.
Mitchell Abidor April 24, 2018
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Revolutionary Bandits
A new history of the revolutionary criminals who rejected any possibility of revolution coming from the degraded masses—and turned their revolt into an individualistic one.
Mitchell Abidor April 17, 2018
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The Uncivil Servant: Ave Caesar!
Mitchell Abidor April 12, 2018
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The Uncivil Servant: German Cinema in Nazi Times
Mitchell Abidor April 5, 2018
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The Uncivil Servant: Where the Hell Did We Come From?
Mitchell Abidor April 1, 2018
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Class Struggle in Portugal and Other New Film Themes
Mitchell Abidor March 27, 2018
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The Uncivil Servant: Richard Wagner, Made (Too) Simple
Mitchell Abidor March 20, 2018
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The Uncivil Servant: Revolutionary Bandits
Mitchell Abidor March 13, 2018
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The Uncivil Servant: French Cinema on Display
Mitchell Abidor March 6, 2018
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The Uncivil Servant: Céline’s Antisemitism -- Censored!
Mitchell Abidor February 27, 2018
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The Uncivil Servant: London Alexanderplatz
Mitchell Abidor February 21, 2018
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The Uncivil Servant: Sexual Repression in Iran
Mitchell Abidor February 13, 2018
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The Uncivil Servant: Full Disclosure, She Wrote a Note to My Son
Mitchell Abidor February 7, 2018
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The Uncivil Servant: After the Revolution
Mitchell Abidor January 29, 2018
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The Uncivil Servant: Looking in on Western Literature
Mitchell Abidor January 22, 2018
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The Uncivil Servant: The Butterfly Effect in Lebanon
Mitchell Abidor January 11, 2018
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Samplings from the New York Jewish Film Festival
Mitchell Abidor January 4, 2018
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The Uncivil Servant: Fighting Fascism in Italy
Mitchell Abidor December 25, 2017
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Brownshirt Violence and the Nazi Machine
Mitchell Abidor December 19, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Refugee Children and Their Teacher
Mitchell Abidor December 12, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Getting Published, Odds and Obstacles
Mitchell Abidor December 8, 2017
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The Temple Menorah: Where Did It Go? What Did It Look Like?
Mitchell Abidor December 7, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Diaries of Doomed Writers
Mitchell Abidor November 25, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Oliver Sacks’s Fabulous Mind
Mitchell Abidor November 18, 2017
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How Stalin Built and Buried Communism
Mitchell Abidor November 17, 2017
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Jewish Films at the Doc NYC Festival and Beyond
Mitchell Abidor November 7, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Longer than the Jews Wandered in the Wilderness . . .
Mitchell Abidor November 3, 2017
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The Rise and Fall of the Russian Revolution
Mitchell Abidor October 30, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Four Brothers, One Dream Machine
Mitchell Abidor October 29, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: A Novel of Provincial Pettiness Amid War
Mitchell Abidor October 23, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Murdering Freud
Mitchell Abidor October 18, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: “Thy Father’s Chair”
Mitchell Abidor October 11, 2017
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Fascism: What It Isn’t and How Not To Fight It
Mitchell Abidor October 1, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: The Fantasy of “Fantasyland”
Mitchell Abidor September 26, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Fauda’s Dehumanizing Humanism
Mitchell Abidor September 22, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Fame and Disillusionment
Mitchell Abidor September 16, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Trump as a Civil War Commander
Mitchell Abidor September 8, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: A Frederick Wiseman Retrospective
Mitchell Abidor September 5, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Protestantism at 500
Mitchell Abidor August 29, 2017
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Hitler and the Art of the Deal
Mitchell Abidor August 17, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Discovering Richard Gerstl
Mitchell Abidor August 12, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Beauty, Despair, and Globalization
Mitchell Abidor August 8, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Leonora Carrington’s Madness
Mitchell Abidor August 4, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: The Sour Politics of Sour Grapes
Mitchell Abidor July 24, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: New Films in Darkness and in Light
Mitchell Abidor July 13, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: The Mystery of Jew Süss
Mitchell Abidor July 7, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Reading to Baby Bolsheviks
Mitchell Abidor June 30, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: A Grand Home for Essays
Mitchell Abidor June 24, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: On “Killing” Trump
Mitchell Abidor June 16, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Jerusalem’s Outsider Architects
Mitchell Abidor June 14, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Ten Million Books
Mitchell Abidor June 8, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: An International Poetry Tour
Mitchell Abidor June 1, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Ultra-Orthodox Sexism vs. Just Plain Orthodox Sexism
Mitchell Abidor May 25, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: A Novel that Has Raised Hackles in Israel
Mitchell Abidor May 23, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Family Fiction
Mitchell Abidor May 15, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: A Different Reflection of the Arab World
Mitchell Abidor May 5, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Meanwhile, in France . . .
Mitchell Abidor April 28, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Eating the Dead, Remembering the Dead
Mitchell Abidor April 21, 2017
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Title IX and Sexual Harassment
Mitchell Abidor April 17, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: “War is the Health of the State”
Mitchell Abidor April 9, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: “Making It” and Escaping It
Mitchell Abidor April 3, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: “Karl Marx City,” the State as Panopticon
Mitchell Abidor March 27, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: The Joys of a Modern Medieval Poet
Mitchell Abidor March 20, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Soccer, Literature, and Life
Mitchell Abidor March 12, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Saul Friedlander, Memory and Identity
Mitchell Abidor March 5, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: How Israel Surrendered to Its Settlers
Mitchell Abidor February 27, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Auster at His Worst
Mitchell Abidor February 17, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: “Resistance” to Trump? Not Yet
Mitchell Abidor February 9, 2017
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Leonard Cohen on Tour, and a Long Night in Argentina
Mitchell Abidor January 23, 2017
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The Donald Trump of Philosophy
Mitchell Abidor January 17, 2017
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A Conversation with Bernard-Henri Lévy
Mitchell Abidor January 17, 2017
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The Uncivil Servant: Terror in Buenos Aires
Mitchell Abidor January 2, 2017
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Putin Returns Our Chickens to Their Roost
Mitchell Abidor December 25, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Jewish Radicalism, Worldwide
Mitchell Abidor December 19, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: In Praise of Esperanto
Mitchell Abidor December 14, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: The “It’s a Wonderful Life” Fallacy
Mitchell Abidor December 5, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Fidel, Ahora y para siempre!
Mitchell Abidor November 28, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Homage to a Great Bad Writer
Mitchell Abidor November 21, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Manipulating the Immutable
Mitchell Abidor November 19, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Nausea
Mitchell Abidor November 9, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: New Jewish Documentaries
Mitchell Abidor November 2, 2016
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Bob Dylan and the Significance of Not Signifying Anything
Mitchell Abidor October 24, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Exploring Political Reaction
Mitchell Abidor October 19, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: The Hour of the Hypocrites
Mitchell Abidor October 17, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: A Prayer for Napoleon
Mitchell Abidor October 5, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Birobidzhan Follies
Mitchell Abidor September 9, 2016
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“We Are All Mahmoud”
Mitchell Abidor August 28, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Myths of the Paris Commune
Mitchell Abidor August 2, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Tim Who? Tim Why?
Mitchell Abidor July 23, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant (servus incivilitis): discipula latinae
Mitchell Abidor July 14, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Abraham Tuschinski and His Theater
Mitchell Abidor May 31, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: The Battle Is Over, Bernie. The Long March Has Begun.
Mitchell Abidor May 18, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Bernie Comes Home
Mitchell Abidor April 9, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Hannah Arendt and Chantal Akerman
Mitchell Abidor March 26, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Deflated France
Mitchell Abidor March 12, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant (in France): “We Are All German Jews”
Mitchell Abidor March 6, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Michael Moore’s Invasions
Mitchell Abidor February 16, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: America, Seen from the Antipodes
Mitchell Abidor February 13, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Hillary Clinton’s Scolds
Mitchell Abidor February 8, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Bernie, Pigs, and Corn
Mitchell Abidor February 2, 2016
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The Farewell Letters of the Manouchian Group
Mitchell Abidor January 9, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: “Anomalisa” and “45 Years”
Mitchell Abidor January 4, 2016
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The Uncivil Servant: Karl Kraus vs. the Criminal Human Race
Mitchell Abidor December 20, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: The Candidate We Deserve
Mitchell Abidor December 3, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: That’s Not Who We Are?
Mitchell Abidor November 29, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: France’s Other Wave of Terror
Mitchell Abidor November 18, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: BDS and Free Speech in France
Mitchell Abidor November 11, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: Justice Ginsburg, aka the Notorious Smallie Bigs
Mitchell Abidor November 9, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: Sattouf’s Childhood in the Middle East
Mitchell Abidor October 22, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: Visiting the Central Cemetery in Vienna
Mitchell Abidor October 15, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: Bambi in Vienna
Mitchell Abidor September 30, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: Hofstadter’s Prescient Insight
Mitchell Abidor September 24, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: Corbyn and Sanders as Fruits of Our Defeat
Mitchell Abidor September 9, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: The Black Panthers, Heroes and Maniacs
Mitchell Abidor September 6, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: A Failed Paean to a Kosher Communist
Mitchell Abidor September 1, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: Bernie and the Black Lives Matter Movement
Mitchell Abidor August 13, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: New York and the Folk Revival
Mitchell Abidor August 9, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: For Bernie
Mitchell Abidor July 31, 2015
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Honest Abe and the Children of Abraham
Mitchell Abidor July 27, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: The Dark Side of Gay Marriage
Mitchell Abidor July 6, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: History and Civics Lessons
Mitchell Abidor June 28, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: Richard Pryor’s Daughter Onstage
Mitchell Abidor June 7, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: A Zetz! “Yiddish Fighting Words” at YIVO
Mitchell Abidor May 11, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: The Thugs Are Loose
Mitchell Abidor May 4, 2015
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Le Groupe Manouchian
Mitchell Abidor May 2, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: Albert Maysles’ Last Film
Mitchell Abidor April 25, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: Atatürk and the Third Reich
Mitchell Abidor March 31, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: Simon Radowitzky, “Why I Killed”
Mitchell Abidor March 22, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: Spain’s Podemos, Next Up in the Democratic Struggle
Mitchell Abidor February 22, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: Syriza and the Occupy Movement
Mitchell Abidor January 26, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: If Charlie Wasn’t Always Charlie, How Can We Be Charlie?
Mitchell Abidor January 16, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: The Crime of Dancing in the Street
Mitchell Abidor January 10, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: End-of-the-Year Films to See
Mitchell Abidor January 3, 2015
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The Uncivil Servant: Cuba, Another Perspective
Mitchell Abidor December 21, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: History Books for Khanike
Mitchell Abidor December 6, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: Women in the IDF
Mitchell Abidor November 29, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: Counting German Jews
Mitchell Abidor November 23, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: Death of Klinghoffer, Death of Free Speech
Mitchell Abidor October 23, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: Patrick Modiano’s Missing People
Mitchell Abidor October 9, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: “The Decent One”
Mitchell Abidor September 28, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: The New Lynch Law
Mitchell Abidor August 19, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: The Ingathering that Never Happened
Mitchell Abidor August 8, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: Fleeing France
Mitchell Abidor July 22, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: Soccer and Murder in Israel
Mitchell Abidor July 15, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: Balls, Bites and Bombs
Mitchell Abidor June 28, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: A Response to Bush’s Broadside
Mitchell Abidor June 15, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: A Jewish Progressive’s Guide to the World Cup
Mitchell Abidor June 11, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: What’s the Message of the September 11th Museum?
Mitchell Abidor May 22, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant in Argentina: Memories of the Junta
Mitchell Abidor May 18, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: The Success of a Failure
Mitchell Abidor April 22, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: In Protest of Ultra-Orthodox Jews
Mitchell Abidor April 1, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: “Omar” and the Occupation’s Contagion
Mitchell Abidor March 2, 2014
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“Do I Look Like a Nazi?”
Mitchell Abidor February 19, 2014
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Megaphone: Jacob Bender, a Jew Among American Muslims
Mitchell Abidor January 21, 2014
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The Uncivil Servant: Follow-Up: My Son, the Homeland Security Threat
Mitchell Abidor January 5, 2014
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People of the Screen: Capitalism’s Conquest of Personal Time
Mitchell Abidor September 30, 2013
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“Jewish” Soccer in the Netherlands
Mitchell Abidor September 22, 2013
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The Uncivil Servant: To Ban or Not to Ban the Yids from Soccer?
Mitchell Abidor September 22, 2013
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The Uncivil Servant: Our Criminal War in Vietnam
Mitchell Abidor September 2, 2013
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The Uncivil Servant: Adultery in the Age of Internet Porn
Mitchell Abidor July 26, 2013
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Israel on 8mm.
Mitchell Abidor July 12, 2013
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The Uncivil Servant: Alfie-Shmalfie
Mitchell Abidor June 18, 2013
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The Uncivil Servant: Another Perspective on “Hannah Arendt”
Mitchell Abidor June 3, 2013
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General Grant and the Jews
Mitchell Abidor May 28, 2013
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The Uncivil Servant: In Istanbul and Paris, Traces of the Camondos
Mitchell Abidor May 5, 2013
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The King of Pigs
Mitchell Abidor March 28, 2013
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Contra “Shabbat”
Mitchell Abidor March 15, 2013
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Proust at the Morgan
Mitchell Abidor March 2, 2013
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The Gatekeepers: Amazing Half Truths
Mitchell Abidor February 24, 2013
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José Saramago, Communist
Mitchell Abidor February 16, 2013
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In Praise of Failure; or, My Long, Slow Climb to the Middle
Mitchell Abidor February 3, 2013
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Why I’m Not a Jewish Secularist: A Response to the Responses
Mitchell Abidor January 26, 2013
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Why I’m Not a Jewish Secularist
Mitchell Abidor January 21, 2013
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People of the Book 101: Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee
Mitchell Abidor January 14, 2013
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My Son the Homeland Security Threat
Mitchell Abidor May 11, 2012