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Harold Brackman received his doctorate in from UCLA in 1977 for a dissertation on the history of African American-Jewish relations. After a decade in academic teaching, he joined the Simon Wiesenthal and its Museum of Tolerance as a senior consultant on the history of global anti-Semitism and racism and intergroup relations in the US. His latest book (coauthored with Ephraim Isaac) is From Abraham to Obama: A History of Jews, Africans, and African Americans (Africa World Press, 2015).

ARTICLES BY: Harold Brackman


May 11, 2021 11:48 am
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Early Jewish Novelist Abraham Cahan, and His Alter Ego — David Levinsky

The conventional reading of "The Rise of David Levinsky (1917)" -- encouraged even by author Abraham Cahan -- is that it’s an ironic “rags to...

May 5, 2021 1:05 pm
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The Story of America’s Non-Jewish, First ‘Jewish Novelist’

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but today’s unforgiving ideologies define it as a form of appropriation or theft -- especially if it...

April 27, 2021 12:59 pm
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Murray Friedman Would Not Recognize Temple University

Last week, Temple University’s Feinstein Center for American Jewish History held a Zoom event on “The Weaponization of Discourse: Israel/Palestine, Antisemitism, and Free Speech on...

April 20, 2021 12:12 pm
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Holocaust Memorials Are Monuments Against Civilization’s Enemies

The American Jewish community is a leader in Holocaust commemoration. Why? To teach the lesson -- “Never Again” -- of course. Yet skeptics still scoff: why...

April 13, 2021 12:52 pm
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How the Holocaust Survivor Community Fought 1961’s ‘Battle of New Orleans’

The conventional view is that Holocaust survivors came to the US as a relatively young immigrant community, uncertain about how to “fit in” to their...

April 7, 2021 11:51 am
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America and the ‘GI Jews’

Prior to the 1960s, many Americans shared the belief that military conscription benefited young men and uplifted certain groups. World War II cemented this optimistic...

April 1, 2021 1:12 pm
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Remembering Alfred E. Smith and the Jews

President Franklin D. Roosevelt is still an icon to American Jews -- despite extensively documented charges that he failed to act to help save Europe’s...

March 23, 2021 12:19 pm
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Anzia Yezierska: The Tenement House ‘Cinderella’

Applied to American Jews, the “white privilege” concept oversimplifies and misstates a complicated history. Anzia Yezierska -- once romanticized by Hollywood publicists as America’s "Cinderella of...

March 18, 2021 11:37 am
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Bismarck’s Banker: Gerson von Bleichröder

In 1871, German unification was accomplished by “Iron Chancellor” Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck famously said that “the great questions of the day will be decided...

March 11, 2021 1:28 pm
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Remembering the ‘Chinese Schindler’ — Who Saved Many More Lives

Ho Feng-Shan, “The Chinese Schindler,” was born in rural Hunan in 1901. Ho grew up poor. His mother was a devout Christian; his father, a...

March 3, 2021 1:03 pm
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Remembering an Early Jewish Feminist and Abolitionist

Before the Civil War, upstate New York was called “the burned over district,” because it was ablaze with religious enthusiasm. School reform, prison reform, various...

February 23, 2021 3:03 pm
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A Tale of Two Jewish Prophets

A leader is abreast of his or her times. A prophet is in advance of theirs -- sometimes, by too much. And we now have...

February 16, 2021 1:43 pm
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Superman Was There When Jews Needed Him Most

In the Spring of 1938, Cleveland was abuzz with talk of “The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run.” He was never apprehended, although Cleveland’s Public Safety...

February 10, 2021 11:59 am
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Jacques Faïtlovitch and Ethiopian Jews

World traveler Jacques Faïtlovitch was born in Lodz and educated at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris. His teacher, Jewish scholar Joseph Halévy, inspired...

Culture

Apple Music Reveals Israel’s Top Hits of 2021

i24 News – Apple Music on Wednesday released its annual Top 100 chart, revealing the most played songs of 2021...

British Rapper Wiley Again Suspended From Twitter, Instagram After Antisemitic Tirade

Twitter and Instagram have once again suspended the accounts of British rapper Wiley...

Israel

Officers Wounded in Suspected Ramming Attack in Central Israel

i24 News – Two Border Police officers were wounded Friday after a car ran into the police force in the Israeli-Arab city Umm al-Fahm. According to Israel’s police, officers fired at...

Middle East

Hundreds of Hanukkah Kits Sent to Jews Living in Arab Countries

JNS.org - Hundreds of kits containing Hanukkah items, such as menorahs and dreidels, were recently sent to Jews living in Arab countries who must “observe their Judaism secretively.” The kits were...

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