By Melanie Thernstrom for Tablet Magazine
Two thousand years of suffering and exile help an Israeli NGO teach Syrian and Iraqi refugees to build new lives in Europe
For more than three millennia, the Yazidi people had lived clustered around the sacred Sinjar Mountains in Northern Iraq. It was there, in the small hours of the morning of Aug. 3, 2014, that Maia’s life as she had known it ended.
Anti-Semitism Among the WASP Elite
by Kitty Zeldis for The Lilith Blog
The idea for my novel Not Our Kind was born at Vassar College, where I was a student in the 1970s, where there was enough visible diversity to make a Jewish girl feel she was not alone. I encountered plenty of Jews, both students and faculty. Yet while I didn’t experience much overt anti-Semitism, I felt keenly aware that Vassar had historically excluded people like me—I was the “not our kind” of my eventual novel’s title.
In ‘Tracking Edith,’ how an Austrian Jewish woman turned unpaid Communist spy
By ANNE JOSEPH for The Times of Israel
Released this summer in the UK and screening in Tel Aviv in March, Peter Jungk’s documentary on his mysterious photographer great aunt is a dark picture of Soviet espionage
LONDON — Every family has its secrets, says writer and director Peter Stephan Jungk at the opening of his gripping documentary, “Tracking Edith.” His family’s was revealed only decades later.