AJC Campaign Includes My Cousin

My father’s cousin Max Karp — murdered in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp — is included in the American Jewish Congress’s ongoing #NotAProp campaign. (This blog post text continues below the image.) *** The AJC initiated their #NotAProp campaign after Congresswoman Majorie Taylor-Greene likened government COVID-19 mask mandates to the Nazis’ yellow star patches imposed on…

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ATTACK ON THE CAPITOL

(The painting to the left is Rembrandt’s JEREMIAH LAMENTING THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM) *** With this post, I am calling my readers’ attention to REMEMBER AND DO NOT FORGET, a superb book containing Jewish leaders’ reactions to the Trump-inspired terror attack on our U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.  The volume includes 54 brief essays…

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OP-ED: CONVICT. DISQUALIFY.

  The Urgent Necessity of Limiting Trump’s Violent Bullying As a daughter of refugees from Hitler’s Germany, I developed an interest in how malevolent public figures in history and the present pervert and manipulate language to destructive ends. My interest evolved to where, in the early 1990s, I led a team conducting the first-ever brain…

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A Tribute at 16 Wallstrasse

Recently, I had the delightful surprise of receiving an email from Günter Voss, Director of the Senioren Computer Club in Berlin-Mitte. Mr. Voss has won recognition for his work in bringing older Berliners up-to-speed with digital literacy. His club meets on Berlin’s Fischerinsel (Fisher Island) in view of 16 Wallstrasse, the building Nazis stole from…

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AN UPLIFTING BOOK

I deeply cherish Glenn Kurtz’s THREE MINUTES IN POLAND. Praising this important book, Noble laureate Elie Wiesel said: “It is intensely moving and brilliantly researched, and it reads like a thriller.” In 2009, Glenn found a film his paternal grandparents made of their 1938 trip through Europe. One three-minute section especially arrested his attention, as…

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A JUDITH LEIBER HANUKKAH BOOK

I’m delighted to present this interview with writer Deborah Blumenthal, who together with artist Masha D’Yans created PARROTS, PUGS, AND PIXIE DUST: A Book About Fashion Designer Judith Leiber. While this book would be splendid for the young (and the young at heart) all year long, it’s especially appropriate as a Hanukkah gift, as Judith…

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DAVID MARWELL’S OUTSTANDING BOOK ON MENGELE

This post is about David G. Marwell’s brilliant book  MENGELE: UNMASKING THE “ANGEL OF DEATH”, which you may view on Amazon here. *** Hailed by the New York Times as “a leading American investigator of Nazi war crimes,” Dr. David G. Marwell trained as an historian and then put his training to superb use outside the…

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BERLIN PHOTOGRAPHER FLORIAN REISCHAUER

(An intriguing photo from Florian Reischauer’s project GRÜß GOTT — A FAIRY TALE) *** My interview today is with the talented, Berlin-based photographer Florian Reischauer, whose award-winning PIECES OF BERLIN project features retro-style photos of individual Berliners along with expressions of their thoughts about life today in the German capital. Following PIECES OF BERLIN is…

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JASON LUTES’S EPIC GRAPHIC NOVEL “BERLIN”

Jason Lutes is the creative force behind the blockbuster graphic novel BERLIN, which chronicles the German capital in the years of the Weimar Republic. Writing about BERLIN in Forbes magazine, Rob Salkowitz called Lutes’s book “one of the most ambitious, important and fully-realized works of graphic literature yet created, a real masterpiece of both story and art.” As…

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AUTHOR’S CORNER: HOLLY-JANE RAHLENS

(Holly-Jane Rahlens. Photo credit; Heike Barndt) Holly-Jane Rahlens graduated from my alma mater, Forest Hills High School in Queens, but ran off to Berlin where literary stardom found her, so if you understand predetermination, you’ll know why the two of us had no choice but to do this blog interview. An enchanting excerpt from Holly-Jane’s…

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