Posts by Mike Smith

‘The Holocaust Unfolds’ Exhibit — Nov. 11, 1938

By Mike Smith The term Holocaust was not used as a historical concept until after World War II when the world finally understood that the Nazi party and its collaborators had systemically and brutally attempted to annihilate the Jews of Europe. Unlike America’s mainstream media, the Jewish News and its predecessor, the Detroit Jewish Chronicle,…

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‘The Holocaust Unfolds’ Exhibit — Sept. 20, 1935

By Mike Smith The term Holocaust was not used as a historical concept until after World War II when the world finally understood that the Nazi party and its collaborators had systemically and brutally attempted to annihilate the Jews of Europe. Unlike America’s mainstream media, the Jewish News and its predecessor, the Detroit Jewish Chronicle,…

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‘The Holocaust Unfolds’ Exhibit — Feb. 3, 1933

  The term Holocaust was not used as a historical concept until after World War II when the world finally understood that the Nazi party and its collaborators had systemically and brutally attempted to annihilate the Jews of Europe. Unlike America’s mainstream media, the Jewish News and its predecessor, the Detroit Jewish Chronicle, continually published…

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Aug. 21, 1981 issue of the JN ad. In this ad, New York Carpet World is offering one-half off scholarships for “Jewish Boys and Girls to the Yeshivah Nursery Program.”

Looking Back At Irving Nusbaum

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Mike Smith Detroit Jewish News Foundation Archivist I read the recent obituary in the JN for Irving Nusbaum. His passing was a topic of conversation and sadness among some of the folks I know. Personally, I did not know Nusbaum and am sorry I…

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clipping from the Detroit Jewish News from 1978 showing Carl Levin winning the election to become the first Jewish U.S. Senator. The headline reads "Levin State's First Jewish Senator" Nov. 10, 1978

Looking Back At The Levins

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History It is December, and the political season is over. Well, the political season is never really over, but at least the elections concluded more than a month ago. I am still thinking about politics as an election from 40 years ago caught my eye.…

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Looking Back at the JN Chanukah Art Contest

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Mike Smith Detroit Jewish News Foundation Archivist This is one of my favorite times of the year at the JN. It’s time for the 33rd Annual Chanukah Art Contest! OK, OK. I’ll admit there are a few artists, like that Rembrandt guy or Picasso…

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Looking Back At Women In Politics

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Mike Smith Detroit Jewish News Foundation Archivist Well, the 2018 elections are over. We can now enjoy the lack of political advertisements on our televisions and radios and, the best part, no more robocalls! One of the most interesting and historic aspects of the…

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Nov 11, 1938 issue of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle featuring the headline:

Looking Back At Kristallnacht

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Mike Smith Detroit Jewish News Foundation Archivist It has been 80 years since Kristallnacht, “Crystal Night” or the “Night of Broken Glass.” This refers to a wave of extreme anti-Semitic violence in Germany on Nov. 9-10, 1938. Because of the shooting of a Nazi…

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March 18, 1983 issue of the Detroit jewish News article featuring the history of the Hebrew Free Loan researched by Home for Aged Resident

Looking Back At Hebrew Free Loan

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Mike Smith Detroit Jewish News Foundation Archivist Most weeks in the JN, one can find an advertisement for Hebrew Free Loan on page 3. This week, I decided to explore the history of this well-known organization in the Davidson Digital Archives, now hosted as…

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