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We Are All Jews, But Where’s the Party?

by Marty Roth Discussed in this essay: Feeling Jewish (a Book for Just About Anyone) by Deborah Baum. Yale University Press, 2017, 296 pages.   “Modernization . . . is about everyone becoming Jewish [and no one] is better at being Jewish than the Jews themselves.” —Yuri Slezkine, The Jewish Century DEVORAH BAUM’S Feeling Jewish is a subtle […]

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Susan Strasberg as Anne Frank

Susan Strasberg, who created the role of Anne Frank on Broadway and became the youngest actor to be featured on a Broadway theater marquee as a result, was featured on the cover of Life Magazine on this date in 1955. Born in New York in 1938, she was the daughter of famed acting coach Lee Strasberg. She debuted in […]

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O My America: Inward Bound

Sailing Down the Canals of the Netherlands by Lawrence Bush THE NOTEBOOK in which I’ve been writing during this vacation (my laptop is almost constantly out of juice) was a recent find as I was cleaning out some of my son’s remaining stuff, some ten years after his departure for college. The notebook has only […]

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August 1: Anne's Last Entry

Anne Frank made her last entry into “Kitty,” her diary, on this date in 1944, after two years in hiding. “I’m what a romantic film is to a profound thinker,” she complained, “— a mere diversion, a comic interlude, something that is soon forgotten: not bad, but not particularly good either. . . . My […]

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Gayle Saks-Rodriguez: Skirting the Holocaust

Gayle Saks-Rodriguez conducts the blog “My Life in the Middle Ages.” I follow a brilliant blog written by a man named Robert Bruce who is reading (shockingly quickly, I might add) what Time magazine chose as the top 100 English-Language Novels Since 1923. Recently there was a rather heated discussion at his blog  about Lolita […]

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People of the Book 101: Meyer Levin

by Marek Breiger “We must believe in humanity, in our ability to find these solutions malformed and crippled as we are. I believe the survival force in us, and the curative force in us, to be stronger than the force of destruction. Of this, all I have seen of my people has served as proof.” […]

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Let’s Hit the Attic

by Nicholas Jahr I was in the Netherlands last week, and finally took the opportunity to visit Amsterdam’s Anne Frank Museum. Not being much for standing on line, I decided to go in the evening (the museum is open late on Saturdays). I still stood on line. Which was vaguely disconcerting – it’s possible, even […]

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February 16: Anne Frank’s Sister

Anne Frank’s elder sister, Margot Betti Frank, was born on this date in 1926 in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. It was Margot’s deportation order that drove the family into hiding in the attic of her father’s office building on July 6, 1942. They remained there for two years until they were betrayed to the Gestapo by someone […]

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June 14: Anne Frank

Anne Frank made her first full diary entry on this date in 1942, two days after receiving the diary (an autograph book, which she dubbed “Kitty”) from her father for her 13th birthday. The entry described her birthday festivities, including the viewing of a film about Rin Tin Tin, the heroic dog. Two years later […]

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