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Gateshead’s 21st Century Shtetl

Shoshana R. Meiri

There are a few new shops on its only commercial block, and now two elementary schools for boys, but beneath it all, Gateshead clings tenaciously to the charter established when two men broke off from Newcastle to form what is now the only shtetl left in Europe.

 

In Chernobyl, the Meltdown Never Ended

Sara Miriam Gross

April 26, 1986, was meant to be a test demonstrating the safe operation of a Soviet nuclear power plant during a mock electricity outage. Faulty design and human error turned a routine test into a nuclear catastrophe 100 times more devastating than the atom bomb detonated at Hiroshima. Twenty-five years later, its surviving victims, including thousands of Jewish Ukrainians, are still suffering. And children born after the disaster will be feeling the devastating effects well into the next century.

 

“Nothing Fights Lies Like the Truth”

Avi Friedman

Promoting Israel on the international stage has never been more difficult, and watching the country come under constant attack in the media can be frustrating even for the country’s most fervent supporters. But twenty-five years after launching his own hasbarah operation, David Olesker is still confident that truth and morals will triumph over lies and propaganda.

 

Last Ship Out

Nosson Weiss

Poland was closed in on all sides, and independent Lithuania had been seized by the Soviets. As Europe teetered on the brink of war and destruction, an unexpected rescue possibility developed for the Torah leaders who knew that while the Nazis would destroy their bodies, the Soviets would destroy their souls. They came from Kletzk, Baranovich, and Bialystok — scurrying for passage on the last ship out of Russia. Personal memories from a forgotten era.

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