Ken Burns, Artemis Joukowsky and PBS have teamed up for “Defying the Nazis” a book and film about Holocaust rescuers, the Sharps. Julia M. Klein weighs in on both.
The musical ‘War Paint’ at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre depicts the story of two dueling cosmetic titans of mid-century America.
Helen Gurley Brown, editor of Cosmo and author of “Sex and the Single Girl” is the subject of Gerry Hirshey’s new biography “Not Pretty Enough,” which considers her Jewishness and her feminism.
Contrary to popular opinion, in WWII, Adolf Hitler could be influenced by public pressure — at least that’s what’s argued in Nathan Stoltzfus’s “Hitler’s Compromises: Coercion and Consensus in Nazi Germany.”
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.