Zachary Solomon

Zachary C. Solomon is a Brooklyn-based writer and adjunct lecturer. You can find him at


The 1916 Knish War of the Lower East Side

By On November 14, 2017

Extra! Extra! Read all about it: Rival restauranteurs battle over knishes! The 1910s were a bustling time for the Lower East Side shtetl-metropolis, where roughly 2 million Ashkenazi Jews were crammed more… Read More


One of the First Films About the Holocaust Remains a French Sensation

By On November 10, 2017

Around the tenth anniversary of the liberation of France, a French government agency decided to produce a documentary about Nazi concentration camps. A promising young man named Alain Resnais, who would later become… Read More


The Italian Jewish Programmers Making Auschwitz a Virtual Reality ‘Experience’

By On November 3, 2017

Perhaps not as exciting as the latest installment in the Super Mario franchise, the Italian studio 101% is working on something really big: a virtual-reality game. Featuring Auschwitz. Witness: Auschwitz, currently under development… Read More


Purify Your Life With 17th-Century German Jewish Magic!

By On October 31, 2017

If you like your self-help books to feature Medieval Jewish magic, The Book of Abramelin is for you. Thought to have been written by the German Jewish Talmudist Rabbi Yaakov Moelin around… Read More


How Portugal’s Jews Saved Themselves With a Sausage

By On October 27, 2017

The Alheira is a beautiful thing. A type of Portuguese sausage known for garlic and breadcrumbs, the meat link is so beloved in Portugal that it was voted one of the nation’s… Read More


Clarice Lispector, Brazil’s Beloved Writer, Was Born in a Russian Shtetl

By On October 25, 2017

The modernist Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector is widely hailed as one of the greatest Latin American writers of the 20th century. What you wouldn’t guess from that fact is that she was born… Read More


Why This Charming Anne Frank Halloween Costume is No Longer For Sale

By On October 19, 2017

In a blow to enthusiasts of off-color role play,, a Minnesota-based company, pulled an Anne Frank-themed costume from their site last Sunday, when the item went viral due, perhaps, to some… Read More


We Could Not Be Happier About This 1980s Jewish Kitsch Music Album

By On October 16, 2017

Gefilte Joe and the Fish, Oy George, Georgie Girl, The Screaming Faloshes – these aren’t the punchlines of bad Jewish jokes, but the names of four “bands” who recorded Jewish novelty tunes… Read More


When King Kong’s Creator Was Interrogated by a Legendary Jewish Writer

By On October 10, 2017

Coincidences involving famous Jewish writers and a giant, stampeding ape don’t come around very often. This one begins with Russian Jewish author and diarist Isaac Babel, who documented the horrors of the… Read More


Lena Dunham, Sarah Silverman, and Other Jewish Celebrities Dish About Their Shrinks

By On October 4, 2017

Jews make great therapy patients. Just ask Sarah Silverman, Gary Shteyngart, or Lena Dunham: long-time devotees of the therapy couch. Shrink, a new short-form video series created by Spielbergs, a collaboration of… Read More


How a Protestant New Yorker Smuggled Marc Chagall and Hannah Arendt Out of Nazi France

By On October 2, 2017

In 1994, a man whose later years were spent as a high school Latin teacher was recognized by Yad Vashem as a righteous among the nations. In 1935, it turns out, Mr.… Read More


This Little-Known German Jewish Refugee Made Stirring Art About Trauma

By On September 26, 2017

Imagine a box made of and filled with wire and string, frayed cloth, rotted paper, wood, stitching, netting, and mesh. Imagine that this box symbolizes the trauma and beauty of the world.… Read More

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