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July, 2020



A Plague Is an Apocalypse. But It Can Bring a New World. The meaning of this one is in our hands. By Andrew Sullivan Death as a skeleton rides a wraithlike horse and tramples its victims. Even the powerful are not immune. Sicily, 15th century. Photo: © JOSÉ LUIZ BERNARDES RIBEIRO VIA CC VERSION 4.0 It’s strange that we now see America threatened by a plague. Because without plague, America, as we know it, wouldn’t exist. It may have been the most devastating epidemic in the history of humankind —Read More


My Great-Grandfather the Bundist Founded in 1897, and reaching its height in interwar Poland, the Bund was a sometimes-clandestine political party whose tenets were humane, socialist, secular, and defiantly Jewish. Molly Crabapple Volkavaisk Bundists, 1905. “There, where we live, that is our country.” —Motto of the Jewish Labor Bund During his elder years, my great-grandfather, the post-Impressionist artist Sam Rothbort, tried to paint back into existence the murdered world of his shtetl childhood. Amid the hundreds of watercolors that he called Memory Paintings, one stood out. A girl silhouetted againstRead More

Банда Девочек-подросток, которая соблазняла и убивала нацистов

The Teenage Girl Gang That Seduced and Killed Nazis In the 1940s, sisters Freddie and Truus Oversteegen used their unassuming profile as teenagers to ambush and kill Nazis in the Netherlands. Jake Rossen Photo by When sisters Freddie and Truus Oversteegen were young, their mother made them sleep in the same bed. This wasn’t an act of forced sibling bonding: Though the family had more than one mattress, all of them makeshift and stuffed with straw, they shared their modest flat with the Jewish refugees they regularly housed. TheRead More

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