From the Levinson-Krupp Library April 2018

Contributed by the Levinson-Krupp Library
(Hours: 9 am-noon, Monday & Thursday or upon request)

Spring has sprung and Passover is over. It’s time to take out a good book or a DVD and catch our breath. So, come and browse the Library shelves. This month we offer:



by Antonio Iturbe

Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz. Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.


305 WEI
(((SEMITISM))) Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump
by Jonathan Weisman

A short, literary, powerful contemplation on how Jews are viewed in America since the election of Donald J. Trump, and how we can move forward to fight anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism has always been present in American culture, but with the rise of the Alt Right and an uptick of threats to Jewish communities since Trump took office, New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman has produced a book that could not be more important or timely. When Weisman was attacked on Twitter by a wave of neo-Nazis and anti-Semites, witnessing tropes such as the Jew as a leftist anarchist, as a rapacious Wall Street profiteer, and as a money-bags financier orchestrating war for Israel, he stopped to wonder: How has the Jewish experience changed, especially under a leader like Donald Trump?

In (((Semitism))), Weisman explores the disconnect between his own sense of Jewish identity and the expectations of his detractors and supporters. He delves into the rise of the Alt Right, their roots in older anti-Semitic organizations, the odd ancientness of their grievances – cloaked as they are in contemporary, techy hipsterism – and their aims to spread hate in a palatable way through a political structure that has so suddenly become tolerant of their views.He concludes with what we should do next, realizing that vicious as it is, anti-Semitism must be seen through the lens of more pressing threats. He proposes a unification of American Judaism around the defense of self and of others even more vulnerable: the undocumented immigrants, refugees, Muslim Americans, and black activists who have been directly targeted, not just by the tolerated Alt Right, but by the Trump White House itself.


741.5 WEI
by Simcha Weinstein

From the birth of Krypton in Cleveland to Batman,the Hulk, X-Men and more, UP, UP AND OY VEY! chronicles the uncanny story behind the origins of the planet’s most famous super heroes.




DVD 253

This DVD is an intimate account of the formative years in the life and career of one of the leading violinists of our time. Itzhak Perlman fell in love with the sounds of the violin at the age of 3 1/2 but contracted polio a few months later and was soon to learn that it would be impossible, with his handicap, for him to pursue a high-level career as a violinist. Not only has he succeeded in doing what the world thought quite impossible but he has done it on a level that few have matched. It is a heartening story of the spectacular triumph of talent, determination, character and tenacity over seemingly insurmountable odds, producing truly glorious results along the way. This is an earlier version of Itzhak done by the BBC.


DVD 250

Children, let’s face it, live in a world of giants who do not care what they think about or what they want from life. To grow up, I have heard it said, you have to be ‘a childhood survivor,’ and that’s much of what this movie is about. In a world of giants out to kill them children have to be smarter, more daring and more kind. This is a wonderful movie and worth the time you spend to watch it. This was shown in last year’s Jewish Film Festival.



Deborah, Sally, and Charlotte

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