Julia M. Klein

How 9 Objects Tell Story of Early Jewish Philadelphia

The story of Jewish Philadelphia is one of immigrant hardship and breakthrough success. Julia M. Klein tells it through 9 objects and images.

Early Supporters: Adolf Hitler attending a march of the Sturmabteilung, the paramilitary wing of the Nazi party, in 1932.

Anatomy of the Murderers

Was Hitler mad? And how much support did he get from the German people? In a new essay collection, historian Richard J. Evans tackles some of the thorniest issues surrounding the Holocaust.

Some of Abe Lincoln's Best Friends Were Jewish. Honestly.

As far as we know, Abraham Lincoln never said, ‘Some of my best friends are Jewish.’ But he certainly could have, as a landmark new book from Jonathan Sarna and Benjamin Shapell reveals.

Fairytale Journey: Miranda Mouillot chronicles her grandparents’ lost love.

Granddaughters of the Shoah

A new genre of Holocaust memoirs, told by grandchildren of survivors, poses a new dilemma to the authors: the limits of their knowledge and memory.

12 Books We're Looking Forward To in 2015

2015 looks to be a bumper year for Jewish books. From a history of Lincoln to an Arctic circle romance, Julia M. Klein presents 12 books to eagerly anticipate.

Art Attack: In 1937, the notorious ‘Degenerate Art’ exhibition signaled the Nazis’ full-out assault on modernist tendencies in the visual arts.

How Modernist Artists Survived (and Sometimes Thrived) Under Nazis

From true believers like Leni Riefenstahl to more conflicted figures such as Walter Gropius, some modernist artists survived the Nazi regime. A new book reveals how they did it.

The Physicists: Werner Heisenberg (left) led Germany’s nuclear program, while Danish physicist Niels Bohr (right) escaped the Nazis.

Physicists of Two Masters

When Nazis removed Jewish scientists from their posts, Nobel Prize winners Werner Heisenberg and Max Planck did little to defend their colleagues. A new book asks why.

Israeli Chef Dishes on Her New Berlin Hot Spot

The latest Israeli culinary sensation to open in Berlin is Haya Molcho’s NENI. The Tel Aviv-born restaurateur dishes about her passion for food.

The Banality of Identification: Fake passports, one used by an Israeli Mossad agent (L) and another one manufactured to fly Adolf Eichmann (R) out of Argentina.

Maybe Eichmann Wasn't So Banal

Bettina Stangneth says that Adolf Eichmann was more committed to mass murder than Hannah Arendt believed. Now, Julia M. Klein asks: Which philosopher is right?

A View Onto History: The world of Doba and her family is explored in a new memoir by David Laskin who comes from a privileged branch of an Eastern European Jewish clan.

History Made and Broke David Laskin's Family

David Laskin’s new memoir is the saga of his family, who built businesses including the Maidenform Bra company but also suffered immeasurable losses from Nazi genocide.