From the Auschwitz Orchestra to a German Hip-Hop Group

July 19 2021

Born in southwestern Germany in 1924, Esther Loewy was the daughter of a cantor and piano teacher. She was sixteen when she was taken to a slave-labor camp, from which she was sent to Auschwitz, where, despite never having played an accordion previously, she was recruited to play one in the camp’s women’s orchestra. After liberation, she moved to British Palestine, where she married Nissim Bejarano. Esther died on July 15. Richard Sandomir tells her story:

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More about: Auschwitz, Holocaust, Music

 

The UK’s Ban on Hamas Is a Belated Step in the Right Direction

Nov. 29 2021

Twenty years after Britain outlawed Hamas’s military wing, the home secretary, Priti Patel, has decided to proscribe the entire organization. Stephen Daisley applauds this decision, but observes that London does not yet seem to recognize the dangers of what Hamas represents:

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More about: Hamas, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian terror, United Kingdom