All posts in category Holocaust

Jewish Insider profile of Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA)

My profile of Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) appears in Jewish Insider. Preparing for the interview, I noticed that several stories record that she doesn’t identify as Jewish, though her dad is a Holocaust survivor. I asked her about that, and she told me she knew nothing of her family growing up and wasn’t raised Jewish. […]

The Wreck of the Jewish Museum

My article “The Wreck of the Jewish Museum” appears in Mosaic magazine. Here’s the response from Tom Freudenheim, former assistant secretary for museums at the Smithsonian Institutions, former director of the museum program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and former director of several museums. Here’s a second response from Edward Rothstein, critic-at-large for […]

What If You Trivialize Hitler?

My article “What If You Trivialize Hitler?” — about the Holocaust art of Bruce Gendelman — appears in Mosaic magazine. (The Jewish Journal, LA, also excerpts it.) Here’s the lede: “How do you shoot the devil in the back?” asks the character played by Kevin Spacey in the 1995 movie The Usual Suspects. A similar […]

Art and beauty can carve a path through a fallen world

My article “Art and beauty can carve a path through a fallen world” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Update: On the NCR podcast, Brittany Wilmes and Julia Lieblich say exceedingly nice things about my article (starting around the 5:05 mark, although the whole podcast is worth a listen).

In His Biblical Scenes, the 17th-Century Dutch Painter Jan Steen Rivals Rembrandt Himself

My article “In His Biblical Scenes, the 17th-Century Dutch Painter Jan Steen Rivals Rembrandt Himself” appears in Mosaic magazine.

Holocaust Museum rethinks FDR’s World War II refugee legacy

My article “Holocaust Museum rethinks FDR’s World War II refugee legacy” appears in the Washington Post.

Chess Life article about Bobby Fischer

My article “Searching for Fischer’s Legacy,” which reflects on Bobby Fischer’s legacy 10 years after his death, appears in the March 2018 issue of Chess Life magazine. It may be accessed in PDF format via this link. To read the entire issue of Chess Life, and to subscribe to future issues, visit this link to […]

Does the Vatican Have the Ancient Jerusalem Temple Menorah?

My article “Does the Vatican Have the Ancient Jerusalem Temple Menorah?” appears in National Review. It draws upon an exhibition at the Yeshiva University Museum about the Arch of Titus, which includes a recreation of the Jerusalem spoils section.

The Aesthetics of Horror

My article “The Aesthetics of Horror,” about an exhibit on architecture and the Holocaust at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, appears in Sojourners magazine.

A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History

My article “A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History,” co-written with E.A. Carmean Jr., appears in the Wall Street Journal. It addresses Jules Olitski’s “Elyon,” installed at the Beth Tzedec synagogue in Toronto.

  • Selected articles

    NMAAHC "The Imitation Game: Are museums being clear enough with the public about what’s real and what’s fake?" Washington Post Magazine. March 3, 2019.

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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