Masha Leon


'Night Will Fall': A Documentary Within a Documentary

By Masha Leon

'Night Will Fall': A Documentary Within a Documentary
“Not only have I seen the film but I am in the film!” said Menachem Rosensaft following the [January 15] pre-screening of HBO’s Concentration Camp Liberation documentary “Night Will Fall” held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust which debuted on HBO on January 26 with an encore on January 27.Read More


I.B. Singer's Wife Alma Dishes About His Women

By Masha Leon

I.B. Singer's Wife Alma Dishes About His Women
After a screening of “The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer,” I replied to a chutzpedik questioner: “Isaac never hit on me!” A frequent visitor in the 1930s to my parents’ Leszno 6 one-room home in Warsaw when I was toddler, I reconnected with him in New York in the 1960s when he and my father were both Forverts contributors.Read More


Mina Bern (And Her Chicken Soup) Celebrated

By Masha Leon

Mina Bern (And Her Chicken Soup) Celebrated
When Eleanor Reissa — performer, director and co-organizer of the January 11th Tribute to Yiddish theater diva Mina Bern —  asked me to participate in “A Celebration of Her Life On Her 5th Yahrzeit” at The Center for Jewish History, I was thrilled. Mina, whose over-the top performances I had reviewed for decades, was the closest I had to a mume (aunt).Read More


YIVO Vilna Project: Archives Go Digital

By Masha Leon

YIVO Vilna Project: Archives Go Digital
“YIVO is not only for the Jews,” declared Fiana Kukliansky recipient of the YIVO’s Community Service Award, at its 89th Annual Benefit held at the Center for Jewish History. Chairman of the Lithuanian Jewish Community and advisor to the Lithuanian government on Jewish matters, a feisty Kukliansky joshed: “English is not my native language, therefore if I speak short, I will get another award.” Noting that the YIVO archives are “as important for Lithuanians” apropos “the input of the Jewish community into the history and culture of Lithuania” she stressed: “The world needs to appreciate how much the Jewish community — which was discriminated against — did for each separate country!”Read More


I'll Always Have Paris

By Masha Leon

I'll Always Have Paris
The events in France have prompted a reminder of how France and things French have punctuated my life.Read More



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