November 1, 2002 |
One of the lesser known stories of World War II that only recently has gained wider recognition is how Shanghai became a haven for Jews fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany in the late 1930s. As the fascinating documentary "Shanghai Ghetto" explains, the city was an open port where no visa was required, in part because the occupying Japanese simply didn't want the responsibility. Shanghai was China's commercial center -- exotic, decadent, affluent but also riddled with poverty.
October 27, 2002 |
When I was 12, my aunt screamed at me across the kitchen table: "You're a Jew. No matter what you say, what you do, you're a Jew. And they won't let you forget it." I remember my parents, seated across from my aunt, saying nothing to refute her charge. This was my fate, their silence said. I was a Jew. And I hated it. What happened in my parents' kitchen that night corroborated feelings that had been spawned years earlier.
February 17, 2002 |
Like most Americans, Kimberly Grigsby wanted to do something to help after Sept. 11. The answer came two weeks later when she was handed the script to a musical version of "The Immigrant," the story of a Russian Jew who fled oppression and tried to make a living by selling bananas in rural Texas.
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August 3, 2000 |
It's such a local favorite that hardly a year goes by without somebody staging "Fiddler on the Roof" in Ventura County. This year's edition, presented by the Cabrillo Music Theatre, is of the high quality that's come to be expected from the group. Those (if there are any) unfamiliar with the show need know only that it's the story of Tevye, a poor dairyman in the predominantly Jewish Russian village of Anatevka, circa 1905.
July 6, 2000 |
When Alla Volodarskiy arrived in the United States, she tried to brighten the Brooklyn apartment she and her husband, Yefim, rented for $730 a month by sweeping out the cockroaches and placing rugs over the finger-sized cracks in the floor. But frustration flooded the thoughts of this retired professional couple, who consolidated nearly six decades of memories into four suitcases to move from the former Soviet Union to the United States as refugees in 1993.
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July 31, 1999 |
Immigration by Jews from Russia to Israel rose significantly in the first half of 1999, Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics said Thursday. The bureau said 12,190 Jews from Russia came to Israel in the first six months of the year, an increase of 130% compared with the same period last year. Earlier this year, the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency attributed a rise in newcomers from Russia to the economic crisis there and a rise in anti-Semitism.