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The Vienna-born Israeli historian Walter Grab was among the few to venture across the academic Iron Curtain in pursuit of his research…This is the story of his unique relationship with East German scholar Heinrich Scheel
In May of 1933, Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, organized the burning of thousands of books in Berlin. Two scorched pages survived the burning and made their way to the National Library in Jerusalem.
For two and a half years, the weekly magazine “Yiddishe Bilder” aimed to become a Jewish version of Life magazine. The fall of 1939 was marked by both the Jewish holiday season and the guns of war…
Beautiful, inexpensive and easy to use – postcards were once among the most popular forms of correspondence. In honor of their 150th anniversary, we take a look back at some early examples
Benny “Bugsy” Siegel hoped to transform the little-known town of Las Vegas into the gambling capital of the world
The scroll was hidden away from the German occupiers in an unlikely location…
A glimpse of the Letter of Apostasy (“Iggeret HaShmad”) sent by Maimonides as a message to Jews who were forced to convert to Islam and now wished to return to Judaism
The legendary movie star was enlisted to join a campaign raising awareness of the plight of Soviet Jewry during the Cold War era
How a women’s protest group made a difference by raising the cause of Soviet Jewish political prisoners during the Cold War
Several months after he was baptized, the poet Heinrich Heine wrote to his friend about the frustration, disappointment and remorse that this action had brought about.
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