This week on The Historians Podcast, Meryl Frank in her book Unearthed: A Lost Actress, a Forbidden Book, and a Search for Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust (Hachette Books, 2023) tells the story of her cousin Franya Winter, a celebrated Yiddish stage actress in Vilna in Eastern Europe who died in the Holocaust. [Read more…] about What Do We Tell Our Children about the Holocaust?
Bankers and Brush Makers: What’s in a Name?
Banker and philanthropist Felix Moritz Warburg was born in January 1871 in Hamburg. In 1895 he married Frieda Schiff, the only daughter of the New York financier Jacob Schiff. In 1908 the couple had a six-story mansion built in a French Gothic Revival style on Fifth Avenue. Felix died in October 1937 and was buried in Salem Fields Cemetery, Brooklyn. Seven years later his widow donated their estate as a permanent home for New York’s Jewish Museum.
The source and context of the topographic Warburg surname throws light on complex historical patterns of migration. [Read more…] about Bankers and Brush Makers: What’s in a Name?
A Story from the Holocaust in Holland
This week’s guest on The Historians Podcast is Marty Brounstein, author of Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust. The book tells the story of Frans and Mien Wijnakker, two Dutch Christians who sheltered Dutch Jews in World War II. [Read more…] about A Story from the Holocaust in Holland
Historians Podcast: Trading Art For Lives
This week on “The Historians” podcast, Janet Lee Berg discusses her novel Rembrandt’s Shadow (Post Hill Press, 2016) Her book is based on the true story of her husband Bruce Berg’s family during the Holocaust in the Netherlands. Two of his ancestors were art dealers who traded valuable paintings to the Nazis for Jewish lives. Some family members relocated to New York State. Listen to the podcast here. [Read more…] about Historians Podcast: Trading Art For Lives