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  • Finding my place in history: A love letter for Father’s Day

    3 weeks ago

    It is not enough to thank my father privately for the best gift he’s ever given me, because his own humility interferes with my every attempt to express sufficient gratitude. “Dad, I don’t know how to thank you enough for this,” I say. “I tried a new restaurant last night,” he...

  • Louise…Falling in Love

    By Ellie Kahn, Oral Historian

    December 3, 2014 | 2:33 pm

     
     
     
     
    Louise Polansky was 98 when she passed away a few days ago, on November 30. I interviewed Louise a few months earlier, and it was a joy to spend the day with her, listening to stories and memories about her life experiences, which covered almost a century.  This is a short excerpt from the interviews, in which Louise describes meeting her husband, Symon, and falling in love with him.
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • An Artistic Homage to Big Brother

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Not many artists begin an ambitious new series at 76, but Arnold Mesches did just that after receiving a large box stuffed with FBI documents in 1999. It had taken the Jewish American painter three years and dozens of letters to obtain the 760-page dossier, his FBI file from 1945 to...

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