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Poland Embracing Multi-Ethnic Past, So What's Wrong With Ukraine?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 12.26.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Another country is seeking to define its own national identity: Ukraine. Like Poland, Kiev has not had the brightest record when it comes to the local Jewish population. Though anti-Semitism has been over-hyped and exaggerated in the country, Ukraine has much to answer for.

The Truth My Mother Kept From Me For Years

Lisa Meritz | Posted 07.21.2014 | Fifty
Lisa Meritz

Yes, my mother Sally was a stunner; her beauty a major asset. When she dressed up, you might not be able to tell which movie star she looked like, but some famous actress's name would be on the tip of your tongue.

My Mother Escaped Russia With Rags on her Feet

Sandra Sallin | Posted 04.06.2014 | Fifty
Sandra Sallin

She left with her family In the middle of the winter of 1917 and walked across frozen rivers, frozen lakes, across Poland and Germany to Holland. Throughout her life, she told me that the meal of bread and milk she was given in Holland, was the most delicious meal she had ever eaten

Who Will Suffer This Time?

Jill Shaw Ruddock | Posted 05.15.2012 | World
Jill Shaw Ruddock

As economies around the world continue to nosedive and we look for solutions to the reckless spending and entitlements to keep a way of life we have stolen from the next generation, just who do you think will suffer this time?

How Did Mad Magazine's Al Jaffee Become A 'Shtetl-Style Lithuanian Huck Finn'?

Al Jaffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Al Jaffee

He has lived in New York for 77 years and has spent the last 40 summers in Provincetown. Even so, the key to his genius as a satirist, is that he doesn't feel at home anywhere.

Mayim Bialik's Latest Role: Green Mom

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

We know her as Blossom, that spunky adolescent on that eponymous sitcom. But since the series ended in 1995, Mayim Bialik, now 33, has truly blossomed.