Mining archives and the Internet, participants in teen
genealogy program explore their families — and the past.
As 16-year-old Elan Stochel discovered this summer, sometimes a misspelled name can make all the difference.
One of 24 teen participants in the Samberg Family History Program at the Center for Jewish History this month, Stochel, a junior at Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy, learned firsthand the joys and frustrations of genealogical research.
At last. A new biography of Hugh Trevor-Roper, recently published in the UK, gets past the tired controversy over his "Hitler diary" mistake. Trevor-Roper (1914-2003), the leading British historian that did more than anyone to begin serious scholarship on Hitler, made the notorious error of authenticating forged Hitler diaries in 1983. As this biography shows, however, he retracted withing two weeks, getting his boss, Rupert Murdoch--who planned to publish them after Trevor-Roper's stamp of approval--very mad. "Fuck Dache," Murdoch said of Trevor-Roper, referring to his Baron name.
It took filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman 50 years to return to his hometown neighborhood of Kew Gardens. But when he finally did, he found that his old friends and classmates — who were raised in the shadow of the Shoah — had grown up to make big contributions to American society.