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The Holocaust Left a Brutal Absence at the Heart of American Jewish Culture. Until Now

American Jews like me grew up in with an incomprehensible loss of language and living Jewish culture. But those ‘flown letters,’ targeted for erasure by the Holocaust and Soviet repression, are now coming home

Jonathan Brent
Jonathan Brent
Jonathan Brent
Jonathan Brent

During the height of World War I, S. Ansky, renowned author of "The Dybbuk," recorded in his diary a "mystic night" in which he saw the headstones in a Jewish cemetery glowing red from a blazing fire. It seemed their fiery Hebrew letters rose into the sky.

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