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family histories


Three Brothers Search Italy for the Cave They Hid In During the Holocaust

By On July 24, 2017

In the winter of 1944, a well-to-do Jewish family from Florence escaped deportation to Auschwitz by hiding in a cave they dug in the Italian countryside. Seventy years later, the three, no-longer-young… Read More


In Rhode Island, Jews Can Marry Their Relatives!

By On July 12, 2017

Here’s a legal love story for you. In 1913, Sam May and Fannie May, a coupla 26-year-old New Yorkers, wanted to get married, but they had to go all the way to… Read More


A New Israeli Film Explores the Afterlife of Holocaust Family Trauma

By On June 9, 2017

With the 50th anniversary of Israel’s Six-Day War upon us, that historical moment is getting a lot of attention. A critically acclaimed new Israeli film takes place against the backdrop of an… Read More


This Tiny Jew of Pennsylvania Led a Star-Studded, Enormous Life

By On February 24, 2017

Moishe Morris “Mace” Bugen was quite a sight. Standing three-and-a-half feet tall, Mace could be spotted driving “Hadassah” — a Jeep custom-fitted with extra-long pedals — around Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley from 1940… Read More

No Longer A Footnote in Her Father's Story, Nadja Spiegelman Publishes a Memoir of Her Own

Nadja Spiegelman Descended From Three Generations of Tough, Remarkable Women

By On August 22, 2016

“I have always known what it means to be a character in someone else’s story,” writes Nadja Spiegelman, daughter of New Yorker art director Francoise Mouly and legendary Maus graphic novelist Art… Read More


A Tel Aviv Artist Explores Her Tehran Roots

By On May 13, 2016

Tel Aviv-based visual artist Elham Rokni was born in Tehran and has lived in Israel since she was 9. Her work reflects on displacement and memory, and in media ranging from drawings… Read More


A 1938 Family Film Uncovers a Lost Polish Jewish World

By On December 3, 2014

It’s rare that vacation photos elicit more than a yawn, and it’s certainly unusual to find anything as riveting as the 16mm reel Glenn Kurtz uncovered while sifting through a cardboard box… Read More


Heartbreaking Home Videos From the Old Country

By On October 30, 2014

We tend to think of early 20th-century Jewish migration as a one-way street. But a New York City exhibition shows a different story—in film.Between the wars, some of those emigres traveled back to Europe… Read More


A Biblical Family Tree

By On October 3, 2013

From classics like One Hundred Years of Solitude to recent hits like Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell series, complicated tales often come with charts or maps at the front to help you keep track of the characters… Read More


A Simulated Diary of a Jewish Hamburger

By On July 19, 2013

An Internet diary that, instead of serving news and musings, takes you moment by moment through an 80-year-old story: this is the vision of Swedish novelist, pilot, and documentarian Torkel S. Wächter, mastermind… Read More


The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz

By On May 8, 2013

You probably know that very few families survived Auschwitz intact. But did you know that among them was a family with dwarfism? Born in Transylvania, 7 of the 10 Ovitz children inherited their father’s short stature.… Read More


Maurice Sendak’s Book About His Father’s Youth

By On August 15, 2012

Maurice Sendak illustrated over a hundred books, both his own stories and those written by others. The illustrated book In Grandpa’s House might be his most personal illustration project–the author of the text is Philip… Read More