Jacob Suskewicz


Somewhere in Africa

By Jacob Suskewicz

The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo By Peter Orner Little, Brown, 320 pages, $23.95. * * *Larry Kaplanski’s name says it all, bringing to mind used car dealers or traveling salesmen wearing old striped shirts and older blazers, balding, doggedly fumbling for the keys to their Buick LeSabre as they move on to the next Midwestern town inRead More


THE J.A.P. ISSUE: FROM PAGE TO STAGE

By Jacob Suskewicz

Isabel Rose has done much in her lifetime to debunk the stereotype of the JAP. Now that her hit debut novel, “The J.A.P. Chronicles” (Doubleday, 2005), is being staged as a musical, her crusade is gaining even more attention.“More than anything, I want to keep breaking down the stereotype of the JAP and to celebrate the individual,” RoseRead More


Books Roundup

By Jacob Suskewicz

Each season brings a slew of Holocaust-related books, but the spring 2006 line seems to be a particularly rich crop, including tales of personal heroism in the face of extreme danger; historical documents on Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Franklin Roosevelt, and even a book of poems that envisions Franz Kafka had he lived to raise aRead More


Club Keeps Yiddish Culture Alive in Atlanta

By Jacob Suskewicz

Born in Russia in the 1930s, Zhenya Greshes didn’t grow up “religious.” But she did grow up “Yiddish,” speaking the language at home, attending Yiddish schools, reading Yiddish newspapers.After fleeing with her family to Cuba, and then fleeing again to America in the 1960s, Greshes settled in Atlanta. While America became her new home,Read More


MAINE

By Jacob Suskewicz

The eighth annual Maine Jewish Film Festival returns to Portland with screenings of 21 films that relate to the Jewish experience, including Giddi Dar’s critically acclaimed Israeli drama, “Uzhpizin” (2004), and Joe Fab and Elliot Berlin’s Holocaust-themed documentary, “Paper Clips” (2004). The event is distinctive inRead More






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