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In 1950, Anne Frank’s Diary Was Rescued From the Publisher’s Reject Pile

By On August 4, 2017

It turns out Anne Frank might owe her literary immortality to a young American editorial assistant named Judith Jones, who’d followed her love of French cooking to Paris in 1945. Five years… Read More


What the Yiddish Diary of a 17th-Century German Woman Can Tell Us Today

By On August 3, 2017

The history of women can feel riddled with gaps, especially during times when education was the privilege of men. But one 17th-century Jewish woman, known as Gluckel of Hameln, left us a priceless window… Read More

The Ancient Rabbi's Secret Nighttime Diary

The Ancient Rabbi’s Secret Diary

By On October 29, 2014

Some people fill their diaries with secrets and desires, others with the details of nighttime angel rendezvous.In 1646, such a diary appeared. Titled the Maggid Mesharim, or “Preacher of Righteousness,” the odd and mystical… Read More


A Diary of the Nazi Years

By On May 20, 2013

After a Gestapo raid on May 27, 1942, Victor Klemperer wrote in his diary that the journal’s discovery “undoubtedly” would have meant death. “But,” the journalist and scholar vowed, “I shall go on writing. That… Read More


Jewish Wild West Women

By On June 6, 2012

Rebecca Cohen Mayer was born to German-Jewish immigrants in 1837 and raised in Mexico and Texas. When she was 15 years old, she married a man twice her age and set off on the Santa Fe Trail.… Read More


From Baghdad to Bombay

By On March 10, 2011

  Despite the proliferation of YouTube vacation videos and instant status updates, there’s still no substitute for the good old-fashioned diary. The online magazine The Scribe, the “journal of Babylonian Jewry,” published two journals from… Read More

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