Three quick things:
- My article on border crossing between the Nazi and Soviet spheres of interest in the fall of 1939 has been accepted for publication by a peer-reviewed academic journal. Through this writing exercise I learned to value:
- Once again, the importance of primary documentation. Rutgers had one set. The Gratz College librarian sent me another set through interlibrary loan. HathiTrust had some, too.
- Access to online videos from the USC Shoah Foundation
- Always have a set of ear buds in my purse. Some of the Shoah videos are only accessible at certain repositories. I went down the street to Rutgers only to find I left the ear buds home. I had to go back and get them.
- My short story about 1930s American antisemitism, “Enough,” has been accepted for publication by the literary journal of Mercer County Community College, Kelsey Review. It’s based on a murder charge against a Jewish business owner when his plastics factory exploded in the summer of 1933. This man used to sit behind me in shul as I prepared for Bat Mitzvah in 1970. He was generally nasty and then I found out why. Morale: Your hometown experiences provide much grist for the writer’s mill.
- I’ve set aside tomorrow night to watch Claude Lanzmann’s iconic movie Shoah.
That’s it for this week. Have a good one.