Friday, July 11, 2014 Tammuz 13, 5774

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
A photographer chronicles how neighbors continue to turn on neighbors
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Nov. 9 and 10 mark 70 years since Kristallnacht, the mad rampage unleashed by the Nazis against the Jews of Germany and Austria, a long, dark night and nearly a full day that saw synagogues burned to the ground, Jewish businesses looted, and many Jewish males rounded up, beaten or tortured, then sent to concentration camps. As this somber anniversary...
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The universe of Paul Celan, one of the central poets of the 20th century, continues to expand for English-speaking readers, thanks to certain enterprising translators. This year saw the publication by Sheep Meadow Press of the demanding Snow Part , rendered by Ian Fairley. Now the intrepid American Poetry Review , based here in Philadelphia and considered by many to...
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The current issue of Azure magazine, dated summer 2008, appeared in my office recently and looked much like all the other issues of the quarterly that I've seen over the last seven or eight years. You might recall that Azure is published by the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, which is generally characterized as a think tank with a neoconservative bent...
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A once-busy critic resurfaces with a new image of himself
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In the 1960s and '70s, it seemed that writer and critic John Gruen was everywhere in terms of the art scene, whether the subject was music or painting or dance or architecture. He held several prominent reviewing positions at The New York Herald Tribune before its untimely demise in the late '60s and then hopped over to The New York...
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It seems that every time the death of the book business is proclaimed, the publishing industry shifts a bit and some light appears at the end of the tunnel. For example, a piece in the Sept. 4 New York Times announced that small, independent book publishers were going to be offered new technology that would allow them to have easier...
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Profile

Robert Leiter served as senior editor of the Jewish Exponent before retiring in Dec. 2013. 

In his 30 years with the paper, he won many awards and held many positions, from full-time reporter to interim editor. For five years in the early 1980s, he was managing editor of Inside magazine, the Exponent's sister publication, and for seven years in the 2000s, he was the quarterly's editor in chief, while still working full time for the paper.

Since the mid-1980s, he reported from most of the major capitals of Europe for the Exponent, with an emphasis on the Eastern Bloc countries, during and after Communist rule. Throughout this period, he visited Poland, the two Germanies and the Soviet Union with greatest frequency, but also made visits to Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He has also reported from Catalonia, Alsace, Zurich and Venice, as well as from Costa Rica, Norway, India and the Middle East. A number of his journalism awards have been for his reporting from Europe.

He is a contributing editor to The American Poetry Review, which is based in Philadelphia, and in the 1980s, he served as Murray Friedman's assistant to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C.

He has also been a freelance writer for 40 years and his book reviews, short stories, essays, interviews and profiles have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, CommonwealDissent, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, The New Leader, The Forward, Moment, Redbook, The Pennsylvania GazetteThe Philadelphia BulletinThe Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review and many other mainstream local and national publications.

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