In “Hustling Hitler,” Walter Shapiro details how his great uncle Freeman Bernstein hoodwinked Adolf Hitler and, in this excerpt, explains how Bernstein tried to help Herbert Hoover out with the Jewish vote.
For essayist and critic David Ulin, the work of Delmore Schwartz was most significant for its influence on his hero Lou Reed. Reassessing Schwartz’s writing, Ulin locates Schwartz as a uniquely American writer.
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.”
Sayed Kashua is a celebrated successful writer, filmmaker and professor. Even so, when he left home, he found that he was just as out of place as a Palestinian in the Midwest as he was back in Israel.5
Alejandro Jodorowsky is best known for his trippy midnight movies “El Topo” and “The Holy Mountain.” Ezra Glinter samples from the multitalented artist’s literary oeuvre.
In “Sister Hills,” two religious families move to opposite hills outside the Green Line above a Palestinian village. Ann Roiphe examines why Nathan Englander’s parable of Israeli occupation is so powerful.27
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