Drawing the Iron Curtain: Jews and the Golden Age of Soviet Animation by Maya Balakirsky Katz

Drawing the Iron Curtain: Jews and the Golden Age of Soviet Animation by Maya Balakirsky Katz

In the American imagination, the Soviet Union was a drab cultural wasteland, a place where playful creative work and individualism was heavily regulated and censored. Yet despite state control, some cultural industries flourished in the Soviet era, including animation. Drawing the Iron Curtain tells the story of the golden age of Soviet animation and the Jewish artists who enabled it to thrive. Art historian Maya Balakirsky Katz reveals how the…

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

Set in 1920s New England, the story of two women who are both mothers to the same unforgettable girl—a big, heartrending novel from award-winning writer Anna Solomon One night in 1917 Beatrice Haven sneaks out of her uncle’s house on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, leaves her newborn baby at the foot of a pear tree, and watches as another woman claims the infant as her own. The unwed daughter of wealthy…

Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend

Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend

Inspired by the midcentury memoirs of Frances Conway, Enchanted Islands is the dazzling story of an independent American woman whose path takes her far from her native Minnesota when she and her husband, an undercover intelligence officer, are sent to the Galápagos Islands at the brink of World War II. Born in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1882 to immigrant parents, Frances Frankowski covets the life of her best friend, Rosalie Mendel,…

Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life by Sarah Kaminsky

Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger's Life by Sarah Kaminsky

Best-selling author Sarah Kaminsky takes readers through her father Adolfo Kaminsky’s perilous and clandestine career as a real-life forger for the French Resistance, the FLN, and numerous other freedom movements of the twentieth century. Recruited as a young Jewish teenager for his knowledge of dyes, Kaminsky became the primary forger for the French Resistance during the Nazi occupation of Paris. Then, as a professional photographer, Kaminsky spent the next twenty-five…

The Rabbi Saved by Hitler’s Soldiers: Rebbe Joseph Isaac Schneersohn and His Astonishing Rescue by Bryan Mark Rigg

The Rabbi Saved by Hitler's Soldiers: Rebbe Joseph Isaac Schneersohn and His Astonishing Rescue by Bryan Mark Rigg

When Hitler invaded Warsaw in the fall of 1939, hundreds of thousands of civilians were trapped in the besieged city. The Rebbe Joseph Schneersohn, the leader of the ultra-orthodox Lubavitcher Jews, was among them. When word of his plight went out, a group of American Jews initiated what would ultimately become one of the strangest—and most miraculous—rescues of World War II. And this is the incredible but true story that…

August 2016 Jewish Book Carnival

Jewish Book Carnival

The August Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere, is being hosted by Yael Shahar at Memory & Redeption. You can see the Carnival at http://www.damaged-mirror.com/august-jewish-book-blog-carnival/ . You’ll find links to Jewish book news, book reviews and author interviews, including Erika Dreifus shares a recent read: poet Katie Manning’s new, Bible-infused chapbook, A Door with a Voice. The Fig Tree Books blog looks…

Cousin Joseph: A Graphic Novel by Jules Feiffer

Cousin Joseph: A Graphic Novel by Jules Feiffer

Meet Big Sam Hannigan. Tough, righteous, a man on a mission. Only problem is, it’s the wrong mission. With the New York Times bestseller Kill My Mother, legendary cartoonist Jules Feiffer began an epic saga of American noir fiction. With Cousin Joseph, a prequel that introduces us to bare-knuckled Detective Sam Hannigan, head of the Bay City’s Red Squad and patriarch of the Hannigan family featured in Kill My Mother,…

Reading Claudius: A Memoir in Two Parts by Caroline Heller

Reading Claudius: A Memoir in Two Parts by Caroline Heller

The European Division and the Hebrew Language Table of the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republicpresent READING CLAUDIUS: A Memoir in Two Parts Book talk by author Caroline Heller Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 11:30 AM DINING ROOM A, 6TH FLOOR MADISON BUILDING, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS A stunning elegy to a vanished time, Caroline Heller’s memoir traces the lives of her parents, her uncle, and…

Jewish Salonica Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece by Devin Naar

Jewish Salonica Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece by Devin Naar

Touted as the “Jerusalem of the Balkans,” the Mediterranean port city of Salonica (Thessaloniki) was once home to the largest Sephardic Jewish community in the world. The collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the city’s incorporation into Greece in 1912 provoked a major upheaval that compelled Salonica’s Jews to reimagine their community and status as citizens of a nation-state. Jewish Salonica is the first book to tell the story of…

Revolutionary Yiddishland: A History of Jewish Radicalism by Alain Brossat and Sylvia Klingberg

Revolutionary Yiddishland: A History of Jewish Radicalism by Alain Brossat and Sylvia Klingberg

They were on the barricades from the avenues of Petrograd to the alleys of the Warsaw ghetto, from the anti-Franco struggle to the anti-Nazi resistance. Before the Holocaust, Yiddishland was a vast expanse of Eastern Europe running from the Baltic Sea to the western edge of Russia and featured hundreds of Jewish communities, numbering some 11 million people. Within this territory, revolutionaries arose from the Jewish misery of Eastern and…