“What Hitler couldn’t take away from us with his hatred, America won’t take away from us with her goodness.” Elliott Palevsky reflects on why his Holocaust-survivor parents insisted on raising their children in a Yiddish-speaking household in America.
Arthur Klein, Brooklyn native, discusses what he knew about the Jewish Mafia known as “Murder, Inc.” from when he was young. In particular, he remembers when Abe “Kid Twist” Reles mysteriously died while being held in a hotel during a trial in the 1940s.
Leon Feinberg, Yiddish journalist and Norman’s father, was close friends with Chagall, who at one point offered one of his paintings as a gift. Norman, professor of music history, explains that Leon came from the same town in Eastern Europe as Paul Muni and Marc Chagall.