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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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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Musealia Director Luis Ferreiro is a moral and organizing force behind the profoundly important exhibit “Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.” Having achieved admirable success in Madrid, Spain — where the exhibit period was twice extended due to public demand — the Auschwitz exhibit will open in May of 2019 at The Museum of Jewish…

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The Stolpersteine at Kurfürstendamm 185 in Berlin, commemorating my paternal grandparents’ plights. **** The Stolpersteine (stumbling stones) I got placed for my paternal grandparents outside their last Berlin residence note that in fleeing Hitler and the Nazis, my grandparents found temporary refuge in Portugal. I therefore read, with poignant interest, Dr. Marion Kaplan’s fascinating paper “Lisbon is Sold…

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(Franz Kafka) In two previous posts, I interviewed New York University’s Dr. Marion Kaplan about i) Women and the Holocaust; and ii) European Jewish Memoirs. For this new post in the series, Dr. Kaplan informs us about areas of Holocaust Studies that need further research and analysis. QUESTION: For scholars interested in entering the field of…

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(This photo shows Bertha Pappenheim, d.1936, costumed as Gluckel of Hameln, d.1724, whose memoir she translated.) ********** In a previous post, I interviewed New York University’s Dr. Marion Kaplan about Women and the Holocaust. In this new post, Dr. Kaplan discusses books she uses for her course on European Jewish Memoirs. Question: At New York University,…

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(Dr. Marion Kaplan speaking at Northwestern University in 2018. On the screen, Joan Ringelheim, one of the founders of the field. Photo via Facebook) Marion Kaplan, Ph.D., Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at New York University, is a three-time National Jewish Book Awards winner. In a series of posts, I will be featuring highlights…

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(Christoph Kreutzmüller) Dr. Christoph Kreutzmüller, a German scholar, has done seminal work, creating a database of businesses that were Jewish-owned in Nazi-era Berlin. As I’ve said previously, Christoph’s sleuthing for his book FINAL SALE IN BERLIN, The Destruction of Jewish Commercial Activity, 1930-1945 fills a gap in the record that so frustrated me while I was seeking restitution for…

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David Paul works as a judge in New York City. GERMAN SHEPHERD is a powerful short documentary of his attempts at coming to terms with the Holocaust, Germans and Germany. Directed by Nils Bergendal, the short premiered in 2014 and has enjoyed, deservedly, huge success on the film festival circuit. I find GERMAN SHEPHERD compelling, and believe you…

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Dennis Behnke — known as ‘The Berlin Storyteller’ — offers a variety of guided tours of Germany’s capital city. You can learn about Dennis’s tours here. In this interview, I catch up with Dennis. 1) How did you come to call yourself ‘The Berlin Storyteller’? When I was 15 years old, my school class went on…

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