In late February 1943, the Nazis rounded up the last Jews remaining in Berlin. Of these, two thousand were men married to non-Jewish women. They were interned in the Jewish community center on Rosenstrasse as they awaited deportation. Quickly, their wives began quietly gathering outside the building to learn the fate of their spouses. Over the next few days, the crowd of women ballooned from a few hundred to over one thousand. The Nazis confronted them with machine guns, threatening to kill them if they did not disperse, and then women began shouting for the return of their men. They remained on the street for a week. The protest caught the attention of the international media. On March 6, Goebbels released all of their husbands.
I saw Jackie yesterday, and have to say the movie succeeds at what would almost have to be its purpose: Making audiences experience a political disaster as the personal family tragedy it also, of course, was. With the right music, the right anguished expression on the right brilliant actress (Natalie Portman), you care.
The Mad Adventures of ‘Rabbi’ Jacob is a 1973 French comedy starring Louis de Funès. It involves — among so much else, and I don’t want to spoil it! — a racist French man and an Arab revolutionary dressing up as orthodox Jews, which, as I type this, sounds terribly problematic, but has an anti-racist and anti-anti-Semitic message and… involves an unforgettable scene involving green bubble gum.
A commenter to my earlier post about Natalie Portman getting her first Christmas tree writes:
In 1936, 12 young Jewish girls in Hillside, NJ, faced a dilemma. At ages 7 and 8, they were interested in joining their local Brownie troop—but they and their families felt less than comfortable with troop’s choice of a local church as a meeting place when secular spaces were available. Worse, having faced some anti-Semitic behaviors at school, they were not sure they would be welcome as troop members.