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“Remember, Der Pass-Vort iss Chorch Vashington:” Combating American Nazi Propaganda in the “Anti-Nazi Bulletin”

By Nicole Greenhouse, Archivist at the Center for Jewish History Currently, I am working on a project to arrange and describe a 100 linear foot accretion to the American Jewish Congress Records (I-77) at the American Jewish Historical Society. As I work through the collection, I was struck by a run of the “Anti-Nazi Bulletin” that I found in a few boxes of the…

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‘To tear down the barbarous colour barrier’: a letter on anti-Semitism and racism

By Sarah Glover, Archivist and Digitization Projects Liaison Letter from Kurt H. Hohenemser to James F. Hornback, leader of the Ethical Society of St. Louis, February 2, 1952 “We immigrated 4 ½ years ago from Germany into this country for the main reason to leave behind us the sorry scene of racial persecution which, during the Nazi regime, caused the death of the greater part…

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Burning Words: A History Play by Peter Wortsman

Burning Words: A History Play by Peter Wortsman will be presented at the Center for Jewish History on April 3rd: In one of the first debates of the print era, Johannes Reuchlin, a humanist Christian jurist, clashed with Christian convert from Judaism Johannes Pfefferkorn, who was a willing tool of the Dominican Order in their quest to burn Jewish books. Magda Teter (Fordham University)…

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Emancipation and the Jews of Metz, Franceby David P. Rosenberg, M.P.A., Reference Services Research Coordinator, Center for Jewish History “The means of making the Jews happy and useful? This is it: stop making them unhappy and useless. Give them, or rather return to them the right of citizens, which you’ve denied them against all divine and human laws.” This was Zalkind Hourwitz’s 1789 answer to…

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Holocaust Education Week

by Daniella Lurion, Reference Services Research Intern, Center for Jewish History To coincide with the anniversary of Kristallnacht (November 9th) the first week of November is always Holocaust Education Week in my hometown of Toronto, Canada. The local JCC and Holocaust Museum promote awareness by organizing events and lectures throughout the week and throughout the city. I thought I would share a personal story…

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Jewish Labor Committee: Part 1

by Ilana Rossoff, Reference Services Research Intern, Center for Jewish History This post is part of the Jews and Social Justice Series. To view all posts in the series, click here. The Jewish Labor Committee is the longest existing prominent pro-civil rights Jewish labor organization. It was founded in 1934 as a union between the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA), the International Ladies Garment Workers…

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Jews: Part Oneby Ilana Rossoff, Reference Services Research Intern, Center for Jewish History (This image is from the White House slideshow, “Our Presidents.”) Franklin Delano Roosevelt is considered one of the most popular and accomplished presidents in American history. He pulled the U.S. economy into recovery from the Great Depression, contributed to orchestrating the defeat of the Nazi/Axis…

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American Presidents Between the Two World Warsby J.D. Arden, M.L.I.S. candidate, Reference Services Research Intern, Center for Jewish History On this Presidents’ Day, in the wake of one of the most heated political campaigns of recent memory, it is interesting to look back at how the interests of American Jews figured into the presidential scene of three presidents—Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert…

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Out of the Archives: “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” on Trial

by Kevin Schlottmann, Levy Processing Archivist, Center for Jewish History The pamphlet “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” an anti-Semitic forgery that outlined alleged plans for Jewish world domination, appeared with disturbing regularity throughout the 20th century, and unfortunately is sometimes cited even today as an authentic document.  The work has been thoroughly debunked many times, perhaps most famously at the so-called Bern trial…

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