Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
The ongoing quest to retrieve art looted by the Nazis
Something extraordinary occurred recently in the long, ongoing battle to retrieve art looted from Jews by the Nazis.
Author revisits one of the seminal moments in modern feminism
SPEAKING VOLUMES Stephanie Coontz makes a point repeatedly in her new book, A Strange Stirring , a study of feminist Betty Friedan, author of the groundbreaking bestseller, The Feminine Mystique . Coontz reminds readers often that Friedan disliked Daniel Horowitz's biographical study of her, which appeared in 1998 and looked into Friedan's political background. Perhaps disliked is too tame a...
A guide to singers and songs that's encyclopedic in its details
SPEAKING VOLUMES Pantheon Books has given A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers by Will Friedwald a beautiful outer design, with a simple but effective cover that uses art and graphics with consummate skill. Your interest is peaked. But then you open the book and your heart sinks. This really is just a guide after all, with...
Of all the artists known as Abstract Expressionists -- those color field, action-painting revolutionaries who, with just a few bold splashes of paint in the 1950s, shifted the art capital of the world from Paris to Manhattan -- the least well-known of them has probably always been Philip Guston (that is, if you're not mentioning the sole original woman Hedda...
How two dictators bloodied the heart of Europe
SPEAKING VOLUMES How is it that a historian as able as Timothy Snyder can get so many things right in his new book Bloodlands , published by Basic Books, and yet get one big thing so wrong? This work, which clocks in at close to 500 pages, is a detailed record of mass murder beginning in 1933 and ending in...


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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