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The “Double Genocide” Theory

THE NEW AND OFFICIAL FORM OF HOLOCAUST DENIAL by Dovid Katz from the Autumn 2017 issue of Jewish Currents Photo at top: A scene from the June 1941 Lietukis Garage Massacre in Kaunas (Kovno), Lithuania. An eyewitness wrote: “The behavior of the civilians present (women and children) was unbelievable. After each man had been killed they […]

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January 7: Boris Lurie and No!art

Boris Lurie, a Holocaust survivor who in 1959 co-founded, with Sam Goodman and Stanley Fisher, the No!art movement as a protest against the political disengagement represented by Abstract Expressionism (and, in subsequent years, Pop Art), died at 83 on this date in 2008. Lurie was born in Leningrad and suffered through several concentration camps in […]

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September 25: Coco the Clown

Nicolai Poliakoff, the star clown of the Bertram Mills Circus from 1947-1967, died at 73 on this date in 1974. Poliakoff was born in Latvia to a theatrical family and began busking at the age of 5. At 8, he ran away and joined the circus, travelling 300 miles by train to Vitebsk, where he […]

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Wednesday Night Fiction: Ta-Da!

A SHORT STORY by Marilyn Ogus Katz from the Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Currents I DRAG the Victrola on to the porch, put the big black disk on the turntable and the needle into the first groove. When I hear “The Hesitation Waltz,” I run down the steps and lie on my side, with […]

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December 8: 25,000 in Two Days

The Rumbula Massacre, second only to Babi Yar as the deadliest two days for Jews during the nightmarish years of the Holocaust, concluded on this date in 1941. Carried out in or near the Rumbula Forest near Riga, Latvia, the mass-shootings were done by the Nazi Einsatzgruppe A with the help of local Latvian militia. […]

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October 11: Trading Cigarettes for Jews

For the second day in a row, on this date in 1943, Yanis Lipke, a former dock worker in the port of Riga, Latvia, saved three Jews from the Riga ghetto by offering Latvian fascist guards two packs of cigarettes for “some Yids to work in my kitchen garden.” Having witnessed extensive brutality against Jews […]

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