When in the fall of 1948—I was asked to sing a Yiddish song for a man sitting in the lobby of the Hotel Marseilles on Broadway and 103 rd Street recording songs by Holocaust survivors, I could not have imagined that decades later it would be part of the “Stonehill Jewish Song Collection” and that —I was told—of the 1000 or so [unidentified] singing survivors, might be the only one identified by name! That’s thanks to former associate editor of the Yiddish Forward Itzik Gottesman (now Senior Lecturer, Yiddish Language and Culture, Dept. of German Studies, U. of Texas, Austin) who, while listening to the raw tapes, recognized my voice.
Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes has created a stir at the Cannes film festival with his wrenching “Son of Saul,” portraying the work of the Jewish “sonderkommando” laborers who were forced to do some of the Nazis’ dirty work in death camps.
Jewish casino magnate and political mega-donor Sheldon Adelson is now the proud owner of a painting by a reclusive artist whose works are rarely seen in public – and happens to be a former U.S. president.
We talk a lot about men being allies to women, but this professor from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (HUJI), wins today’s prize for most hands-on ally.
Oscar Award-winning actress Natalie Portman will portray Jackie Kennedy in a movie about the first four days in the life of the former first lady after the assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy.