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Georges Mandel, Resisting the Nazis in Vichy France

Georges Mandel (Jeroboam Rothschild), a journalist with Emile Zola’s L’Aurore, an advisor to Georges Clemenceau, a government minister, and a sharp and prescient opponent of Nazism, was arrested in Bordeaux on this date in 1940. He was released by Petain a few days later after protests were made on his behalf by the presidents of […]

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February 28: Laura Z. Hobson

Laura Z. Hobson (born Laura Kean Zametkin), author of Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), a bestselling novel about American anti-Semitism, died at 85 in New York on this date in 1986. She was the daughter of Jewish socialist radicals; her father had been tortured by the tsarist police and became the first editor of the Forverts newspaper. […]

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