Why did some people risk lives to save strangers while others abandoned friends during the Holocaust? A new exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum explores collaboration and complicity.
A new biography of Diane Arbus describes the photographer as idiosyncratic, troubled, needy and sexually compulsive. Julie M. Klein addresses the many seductions alluded to by author Arthur Lubow.
Though the citizens of Polish ghettos perished, their vivid testimonies survive. Julia M. Klein reviews “In Those Nightmarish Days: The Ghetto Reportage of Peretz Opoczynski and Josef Zelkowicz.”
Though many may know the exploits of Simon Wiesenthal and Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, a new book by Andrew Nagorski documents the achievements of some less-familiar Nazi hunters too.
Before the Dead Sea Scrolls, another Biblical discovery made headlines. The purported original Book of Deuteronomy was sold for $1 million in 1883. More than a century later, Chanan Tigay tries to track the book down — and determine whether it was real or forged.
A new herculean effort of investigative journalism has cleared up some mysteries regarding Raoul Wallenberg’s wartime heroism. But there are some that even biographer Ingrid Carlberg can’t solve.
A former student and intimate acquaintance of Bernard Malamud makes her fiction debut. Julia M. Klein discusses “Scary Old Sex,” by Arlene Heyman.
For Harry Houdini and his wife Bess, love was the most magical trick of all. In her new novel, Victoria Kelly channels the life of a master escape artist and her famous husband.
The explicit, violent sexual passages and defiance of realism may challenge some readers. But Julia M. Klein says “Unspeakable Things,” by Kathleen Spivack is an exciting and energetic debut Holocaust novel.
In the summer of 1936, the authors Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth found some moments of peace before the arrival of the impending catastrophe. Zweig and Roth’s friendship is chronicled in Volker Weidermann’s “Ostend.”