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American volunteers broke every rule to fight in 1948 war

American volunteers broke every rule to fight in 1948 war

LOS ANGELES — In May, 1948, I was walking down Market Street in San Francisco when I passed a small movie theater with a marquee that announced “The Jews Fight for Their State.”

For the first time, it fully hit me that the Jews — by the gentile consensus of the time, mainly cowards and draft dodgers — were actually taking on five vastly superior armies.

I took the train back to Berkeley but had a hard time focusing on my studies at the University of California. With the school year nearing its end, I decided to go join the fight.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:04 )

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No girls allowed? Not for this teen!

No girls allowed? Not for this teen!NEW YORK — Lily Greenberg Call was always passionate about the political process. As a high school freshman, she looked forward to her class on international politics and guerrilla warfare. Though most of the other students in the class were seniors or boys, Call was unfazed. But during a heated discussion, someone said, “No one cares about your opinion, Lily, you’re a girl.” Taken aback, Call, now a senior at the San Diego Jewish Academy, said, “I was shocked because that mentality...
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70-year-old Hitchcock Holocaust documentary retrieved

70-year-old Hitchcock Holocaust documentary retrievedNEW YORK — “This was a woman,” the narrator explains, as the camera pans over a figure so emaciated and burnt that it’s barely recognizable as human. It’s one of the more arresting scenes in “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey,” a highly unusual Holocaust documentary shot and scripted 70 years ago, and crafted with the help of the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. But it almost didn’t see the light of day. The recently completed film has begun making the rounds, and h...
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Lessons from visit to Dachau

Lessons from visit to Dachau The IJN traveled to Germany as part of a delegation of Jewish communal leaders from Colorado; the delegation was sponsored by MDC Richmond Homes American Foundation. RETURN DACHAU — Is it possible to revisit a place you’ve never been to before? This is a place I never intended to visit. I had opportunity but opted not to come. Yet, it is a return. “I have long contemplated the question of whether you can experience trauma from something you didn’t go through,” says Shayna Alexand...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:12 )

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Special needs kids can join the team

Special needs kids can join the teamNEW YORK — Zach Certner was nine when he recognized the despair of a family friend who was excluded from participating in the sports activities that Certner enjoyed so much. Mikey had a developmental disability, Certner said, “and I saw the struggles that he experienced by not doing what we could do or play on the same teams.” Certner and his older brother, Matt, decided to organize bimonthly soccer, basketball and baseball clinics in their hometown of Morristown, NJ, for children with s...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:51 )

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