Posts Tagged ‘Detroit Jewish Chronicle’

‘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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election Tuesday, Nov. 5th poster from the Detroit Jewish News or Detroit Jewish Chronicle

Jewfro: The Future Is History …

I spent election day working the polls at New Paradigm Glazer Academy. In between voters, I scoured the news from November 1918 for clues about the shape of our community and the state of our union. Here is some of what I gleaned from the pages of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle — by way of…

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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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Nov. 7, 1919 Jewish Chronicle editorial on Armistice Day/Veterans Day

Looking Back at Veterans Day

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History This year, Veterans Day holds a special significance. It marks 100 years since the end of World War I or “The Great War,” which ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 (although the war did not…

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Detroit Jewish News Foundation logo "capturing your story. connecting our community"

New Enhancements

JN Foundation’s Davidson archive now part of U-M’s Bentley library. It has happened again. The Detroit Jewish News Foundation, via its William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, has taken another step forward in its mission to preserve and make available the history of Detroit’s Jewish community, that is, your history. It is hard…

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Jewish News cover reading "Remember Us! Give to the war chest"

The Holocaust Unfolds

A new exhibit at the HMC highlights the important role played by the Detroit Jewish News in delivering war news to Detroiters. At the Newseum in Washington, D.C., where newspaper history and highlights open up to the public, a place is held by the Detroit Jewish News. An issue from the 1940s, accessible in an…

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The Jewish News Rosh Hashanah shofar issue from 1944.

Looking Back At Rosh Hashanah

From the JN Foundation Davidson Digital Archives of Jewish Detroit History With Rosh Hashanah just days away, I thought I would do a bit of research into the Davidson Digital Archives to see how the holiday was covered over the years by the JN and the Jewish Chronicle. The answer is that there was a…

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back to school in the JN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History

Looking Back At Heading Back To School

From the JN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Back to school. Three words that hold different meaning for different people. It is a menacing phrase for kids. It means, alas, summer is over; it’s time to get back to work. For moms, it means “Hooray, I survived the summer with the children…

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Passengers aboard the MS St. Louis, May 13, 1939-June 17, 1939. On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba, carrying 937 passengers, the majority of whom were Jewish. When the St. Louis arrived in Havana, the passengers learned that the landing certificates they had purchased were invalid. After Cuba refused to allow the passengers to land and the United States (and other Western Hemisphere nations) did not offer to take the passengers, the ship returned to Europe. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee worked with the State Department, ultimately persuading four countries — Great Britain, France, the Netherlands and Belgium — to admit some of the passengers. The remaining 254 were forced to return to Europe and were killed by the Nazis.

Americans and the Holocaust

A new exhibit dispels the myth that most Americans were unaware of the atrocities happening in Europe. Was it simply ignorance that Jews were being murdered en masse? Was it anti-Semitism? Or did the United States’ unwillingness to rescue Europe’s Jews from the Holocaust have more nuanced causes? That’s the question Daniel Greene set out…

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