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Nathaniel S. Lehrman, May 26th, 1923–January 19th, 2020

Widower of Emily R. Lehrman; father of Leonard J. Lehrman, Paul D. Lehrman, Betty J. Lehrman; grandfather of Alison and Laura Schwartz. Contributor to Jewish Currents since 1962; life subscriber since 1979.  As a child, Nathaniel Saul (Hebrew name: Noson’l Nuchum) Lehrman—known to the Lehrman family as “Nucky,” to others as “Nat”—was remarkably bright, receiving […]

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Fear of Hillary in (Bela)Russia

by Leonard J. Lehrman MY WIFE Helene Williams and I were in Russia and Belarus twice this past year, June 8 to July 7 and October 27 to November 7, visiting museums, attending plays and operas, giving concerts, making recordings, taking thousands of photographs, and speaking and performing at the November 6 commemoration of the […]

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Karl Rodman’s “Comes the Revolution”

by Leonard J. Lehrman IN THE SPRING, 2015 Jewish Currents, the obituary of my mother, Emily Lehrman, shares a page with an ad for the self-published novel, Comes the Revolution: Birdie’s Story, by retired teacher and tour guide Karl Rodman, based on the life of his late Aunt Fagel. I think the two women would […]

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Completing Marc Blitzstein’s Incomplete Works

In Honor of the Composer’s 50th Yortsayt, January 22, 2014 and the First Performance of His Work in Yiddish, March 6, 2014 by Leonard Lehrman I remember the turning of the year from 1963 to 1964 as a season of death: first the assassination of our youngest elected president, November 22nd; then the death of […]

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Visiting David Gilbert in Prison

by Leonard Lehrman Discussed in this essay: No Surrender: Writings from an Anti-Imperialist Political Prisoner, by David Gilbert. Abraham Guillen Press and Arm the Spirit, 2004, 282 pages; Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond, by David Gilbert, PM Press, 2012, 336 pages; Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and […]

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Emma Goldman’s “Morose Moon”

Alexander Berkman’s Passionate Anarchism by Leonard Lehrman From the Autumn 2013 issue of Jewish Currents Discussed in this essay: Sasha and Emma: The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman by Paul Avrich and Karen Avrich. Harvard University Press, 2012, 528 pages. A brilliant writer and analyst trying to rally public opinion against the […]

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Leonard Lehrman: Malamud and Music

by Leonard Lehrman There have been eight musical treatments of Bernard Malamud’s works, to date; five of them are mentioned in Philip Davis’ biography, Bernard Malamud: A Writer’s Life — in a footnote. Malamud is, in fact, unique in the number of his works that have inspired musical treatments. Leon Kirchner’s opera Lily was based […]

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