Writer Elena Ferrante Is Daughter Of Holocaust Survivor, Says Journalist

10/05/2016 - 13:49

(JTA) – The mysterious best-selling Italian author who writes under the pen name Elena Ferrante has been identified as the daughter of a German-born Holocaust survivor who lost dozens of family members in the Shoah.

One of literature's most talked-about mysteries appeared to have been cracked. Getty Images

Herman Wouk, Best-Selling Author of 'Marjorie Morningstar' Turns 100

Author of 'The Caine Mutiny' and 'The Hope' shows no signs of slowing down.

05/26/2015 - 20:00
Web Editor

Today, one of the greatest Jewish American novelists of all time celebrates a big milestone. But even as Herman Wouk celebrates his 100th birthday, the literary giant shows no signs of slowing down.

Herman Wouk, pictured here in Jerusalem in 1955. JTA.

Peter Gay, Public Intellectual And Nazi Refugee, Dies At 91

Gay's autobiography 'My German Question' grappled with the issue of Jewish denial in the face of rising Nazi power.

05/12/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Peter Gay, a refugee from Nazi Germany who wrote groundbreaking social histories of such topics as the Enlightenment, the Jewish identity of Sigmund Freud, and the position of Jews in Weimar Germany, died May 12 at his home in Manhattan, according to The New York Times. He was 91.

Cover Image of Peter Gay's Biography on Freud. Via

Writing Her Way To A New Life

Documenting the fraught journey from Jay to Joy Ladin.
07/16/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Book Critic

In an interview, Joy Ladin begins several responses, “When I started living as myself…” For the Stern College professor, poet and author, the boundary between then and now, between living a lie and leading an authentic life, is her transition from man to woman.

For Ladin, her transition from man to woman is an experience of rebirth.

J'Accuse! Robert Alter on Nathan Englander, a New Literary Feud

When I saw that the new issue of The New Republic had Robert Alter reviewing a new work by Nathan Englander, I instinctively thought it’d be of Englander’s new translation of the Passover Haggadah.  Given that Alter is a widely admired translator of the Hebrew Bible, it was only natural for me to assume as much. 

From Pebble Seeker To High School Namesake

07/11/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

 Holocaust survivor and author Marion Blumenthal Lazan spent a few hours in her Long Island home sitting for a portrait by New York photographer Gary Rabenko one recent morning. The author of a 1999 memoir, “Four Perfect Pebbles” (Greenwillow Books) and the subject of a 2001 documentary, “Marion’s Triumph,” Lazan is often in front of a camera.

But the purpose of her latest photo session was unusual: her portrait is to be mounted this month in the front lobby of a high school named for her last year in her German hometown.

A high school in Germany was recently named for Holocaust survivor and author Marion Blumenthal Lazan. Steve Lipman

Helping Other Activists' Children

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s son, an ardent critic of post-9/11 government tactics, will speak at Central Queens Y.
06/04/2009 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

He was only 6 years old when his parents — Ethel and Julius Rosenberg — were executed in 1953 by the United States government, after being accused of passing atomic secrets to the Russians.
“I was 3 when they were arrested and 6 when they were executed, and I don’t remember any of that sort of thing,” said Robert Meeropol, who took the last name of his adoptive parents.
But that hasn’t stopped him from dedicating his life to helping other children in similar positions, by starting the Rosenberg Fund for Children in 1990.

Robert Meeropol: Echoes of the McCarthy era.
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