Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Tammuz 20, 5775
How the Nazis nearly managed to loot it all
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The Nazi plunder of Europe -- and most particularly, the theft of all things possessed by Jews -- has been slowly documented over the last 10 or 15 years, the avariciousness chronicled in all its horrid detail. The plethora of books that have appeared have depicted the wholesale ransacking of Jewish businesses, homes, parcels of land, Swiss bank accounts and...
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Chagall and the world he fashioned in his art are becoming something of a cottage industry for Yale University Press. Not surprisingly, this ever-resourceful publishing house has proven itself up to the challenge. In fact, in the space of two seasons, it has issued three separate and quite distinct titles that deal with the Russian-born Jewish artist. First was Vitebsk...
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They tell a sad tale about a brave young man during a terrible time
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In 1997, Manus de Groot, the foreman of a demolition company, was tearing down a house along Amsterdam's Vrolik Street when he found two bundles of letters hidden in the ceiling of the third-floor bathroom. It struck him that the correspondence must be of some importance since there was so much of it -- 86 letters and postcards, and one...
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A writer turns to photography, and grapples with themes common to novels and nature
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There are some books that have a mystery and beauty all their own, works that move from certain specific areas of inquiry, and then attach themselves to any number of related themes and ideas, akin to the repeated ripples in a pond after a stone strikes the surface. Such is the case with Burdock , which has been published by...
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Lesser-known author packs a punch in short form
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Reputation in the arts is fickle, filled with mystery. Why is it that some writers have reputations beyond their capacities, and keep them despite the less than commendable works they publish? On the other hand, why is it that certain good writers, who entertain and enlighten audiences throughout long careers, lose their reputations the minute they die and are then...
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