Those Who Survived

They Rarely Did It Alone by Robert Oppenheimer From the Spring, 2015 issue of Jewish Currents MY FATHER ALFRED, my Aunt Ruth, and their parents Ella and Willie lived in Cologne, Germany in the 1920s and ’30s. As a young boy, my father more than once saw from his bedroom window violent incidents in which […]

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March 20: Boris Reinstein and the Passaic Weavers

Newspapers reported on this date in 1912 that Boris Reinstein, an Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organizer in Detroit, had taken command of the Passaic, New Jersey strike involving some 10,000 mill workers. Reinstein had fled Russia’s tsarist police in 1901 and settled with his obstetrician wife Anna in Buffalo, where he worked as […]

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“Stealth Altruism” in the Camps

Neglected Stories of Forbidden Care by Arthur Shostak IT IS HARD to imagine an American whose grasp of the Holocaust could not be significantly improved by reading just three pages (pp. 106-109) of a memoir written in 2001 by survivor Ruth Kluger. In 1942, when she was just 12, Ruth was a minute or two […]

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October 27: A Swiss Rescuer

Paul Grueninger, a Swiss border police commander who falsified documents and facilitated the survival of more than 3,600 Jews fleeing the Anschluss, the Nazi invasion of Austria, was born on this date in 1891. Grueninger decided to disregard his official instructions: He allowed Jewish refugees to enter Switzerland and legalized their status by falsely stamping […]

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Mother of Exiles: Let the Kids In

An Editorial From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents THEY COME ACROSS THOUSANDS OF MILES, across multiple borders, across the ranches of La Arrocera, across La Bestia — clinging to the top as it hurtles along the rails — across jungles and valleys and mountains and desert and then that one final river. They […]

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Socialist Zionism for the 21st Century

by A. Daniel Roth WHEN I MOVED TO ISRAEL THREE YEARS AGO, one of the questions asked of me was “What kind of Jew are you?” My answer was “Shomer” — that is, a member of Hashomer Hatzair, the Socialist Zionist movement. A few bureaucrats along the way tried to get me to change my answer […]

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Sharing Care Amid the Holocaust — Why the Neglect?

by Arthur Shostak What do you recall having learned about the experience of Jewish prisoners in the concentration camps, other than horrific tales of suffering and unnatural death, along with defeated heroic efforts at revolt? What have you learned about high-risk, shared caring in the camps; about forbidden aid, based in compassion; about clandestine exchanges […]

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Showdown in Haifa

Editor’s Note: What follows is an account by Rann Bar-On of an anti-war demonstration that took place in Haifa, Israel, almost two weeks ago, originally published by the blog Free Haifa. Certainly there have been other demonstrations against this most recent war in Gaza before and since, which have also met with resistance from the […]

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