Arendt, Hilberg, & the Warsaw Ghetto

by Nicholas Jahr Nathaniel Popper (formerly of The Forward) has a great essay in The Nation on Hannah Arendt and Raul Hilberg. The latter’s The Destruction of the European Jews was the first serious scholarly study of the Holocaust and the bureaucracy necessary to murder 11 million people. Prior to Hilberg’s work, “there was not […]

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The Shattered Faith of Isaac Babel

by Nicholas Jahr A few years back, I was working as a lifeguard in lower Manhattan. One of my least favorite parts of the job was staying late on Tuesday nights to watch over a rambunctious bunch of yeshiva boys. Not wanting to spend the hour discussing how I could possibly call myself a Jew […]

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