Saving Bulgaria’s Jews: Church, State, and Citizens United

by Jeremiah Lockwood Once I met a Bulgarian sailor in a bar.  Our conversation began with that most delicious of vulnerability-provoking questions: “You a Jew?” The overall suggestion of aggression in his bearing brought out the undertone of violence that lies in the casual probing into the definition of one’s identity by a stranger. There was […]

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October 18: The Revisionist

The militant right-wing Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky was born in Odessa on this date in 1880. He became a Zionist after the Kishinev pogrom and helped to create the Jewish Self-Defense Organization, which worked to safeguard Jewish communities by arming their youth (his slogans included, “Better to have a gun and not need it than […]

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May 9: Ezra Pound, Fascist Broadcaster

“[Y]ou would do better to inoculate your children with typhus and syphillis than to let in the Sassoons, Rothschilds, and Warburgs,” said poet Ezra Pound on Italian radio on this date in 1942, in one of 120 broadcasts he made on behalf of the fascist cause during World War II. In this particular broadcast, Pound […]

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