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Israel’s Founding: Eyewitness Accounts

They were there: establishing Israel Interviewing people who helped found the State of Israel is the mission of the Jerusalem-based organization Toldot Yisrael, which has been engaged in a race against time since its founding in 2007. Toldot Yisrael videotapes…

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Remembering—and Mis-Remembering—the Holocaust

The history of the Holocaust in Lithuania was effectively rewritten for decades. In a “country [that] sports street names and monuments honoring locals who collaborated with the Nazis during World War Two,” as Josh Cohen wrote on the website Defending…

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Sarah Lydia-Singer

Portraits of a Ghetto: An Exhibition

Traveling in Europe with a friend several years ago, Sarah L. Singer had no desire to go to Venice, much less to explore the site of the Jewish Ghetto established there five hundred years ago. She certainly didn’t expect to be enchanted by her first encounter with the site, or to travel back time and again from her home in...
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“Holocaust Escape Tunnel” is a NOVA Documentary that Showcases How Ground Penetrating Radar Located the Ponar Tunnel

A Targum Shlishi grant helped support a significant archaeological research project that has garnered international attention and has been the subject of a recent NOVA documentary, Holocaust Escape Tunnel, which first aired on PBS in April 2017. The research located an escape tunnel in the Ponar forest near Vilnius, Lithuania, built by prisoners during the Holocaust, who used mainly spoons and their hands to dig...
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A Battle for Memory: Documentary About Warsaw Ghetto Archives

Almost no one knows about the secret group of intellectuals that documented life in the Warsaw Ghetto and buried the documents on the eve of the uprising. Thousands of those documents were recovered in 1946 and 1950 but were largely untranslated and little known for decades, until historian Samuel Kassow’s 2007 book Who Will Write Our History? A documentary film of the same title is currently...
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The Palestinian “Lone Wolf,” Deconstructed

Exploring the Psychology of the “Lone Wolf” Terrorist An innovative and important pilot study by Dr. Irwin J. (Yitzchak) Mansdorf, Ph.D., of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs’ Institute for Contemporary Affairs delved into the psychology of the “lone wolf”…

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Symbols of the Holocaust

Targum Shlishi helped support Oren Baruch Stier’s book Holocaust Icons: Symbolizing the Shoah in History and Memory (Rutgers University Press). In the book, Stier explores what he calls Holocaust icons, which are symbols that have essentially become stand-ins for the…

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