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Caring for Moroccan Jews: A Photo Album on Jewish Medical Aid in (Post)Colonial Morocco

June 10, 2024 By Julia Schulte-Werning, 2023-24 Bookhalter Graduate Fellow Caring for Moroccan Jews: A Photo Album on Jewish Medical Aid in (Post)Colonial Morocco The YIVO collections include a photo album that the Jewish aid organization OSE-Morocco had sent to the United States in September 1956 [see below]. Neatly pinned and accurately labeled, the images reveal the panorama of health care activities for Moroccan…

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Fighting Antisemitism on the Eve of Decolonization

May 30, 2024 By Ludwig Decke, 2023 CJH-Fordham University Fellow Fighting Antisemitism on the Eve of Decolonization In the late spring of 1955, West London Synagogue’s Stern Hall hummed with a flurry of voices in various languages. Over one hundred representatives of Jewish communities and organizations, originating from twenty countries, huddled behind long rows of tables in the smoke-filled conference room. [image above: Collection…

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Death Masks at the Center for Jewish History

By Lauren Gilbert Director of Public Services, Center for Jewish History Death Masks at the Center for Jewish History Death masks, molded from plaster in the first hours after death before the features have stiffened or atrophied, were used for centuries to preserve the appearance of nobility and other eminent persons as models for posthumous sculptures or painted portraits. In the 19th century, these…

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“A Very Ticklish Problem”: The AJC Response to the Rosenberg Trial & Execution

By Lauren Gilbert Director of Public Services, Center for Jewish History “A Very Ticklish Problem”: The AJC Response to the Rosenberg Trial & Execution Convicted of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed 70 years ago on June 19, 1953, the first and only American civilians to face the death penalty for espionage. At the time, many believed…

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Did you hear about the new Dr. Seuss book “What Pet Should I Get?” released today? In March of 2012 Melanie J. Meyers, M.S. Senior Reference Services Librarian, Special Collections, wrote a piece for the blog on Dr. Seuss books in the collections. 16thstreet: Happy Birthday, Dokter Seuss!by Melanie J. Meyers, M.S., Senior Reference Librarian, Center for Jewish History March 2, 2012 would have…

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