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Virginia Levitt Snitow

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Virginia Levitt Snitow’s initiatives improved women's lives, including the establishment of US/Israel Women to Women, the American organization most active on behalf of women’s rights in Israel.

Institution: U.S.-Israel Women to Women

Virginia Levitt Snitow’s initiatives improved women's lives, including the establishment of US/Israel Women to Women, the American organization most active on behalf of women’s rights in Israel.

Institution: U.S.-Israel Women to Women

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Tess Slesinger

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An unconventional childhood and her association with Jewish left-wing literary radicals shaped the biting satire of Tess Slesinger's novels and short stories. Her subsequent conquest of Hollywood as a screenwriter was cut short by her untimely death at age thirty-nine.

Institution: The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, OH, www.americanjewisharchives.org

An unconventional childhood and her association with Jewish left-wing literary radicals shaped the biting satire of Tess Slesinger's novels and short stories. Her subsequent conquest of Hollywood as a screenwriter was cut short by her untimely death at age thirty-nine.

Institution: The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, OH, www.americanjewisharchives.org

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Bouenna Sarfatty Garfinkle's Wedding Portrait, 1946

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Bouena Sarfatty and Max Garfinkle on their wedding day, 1946. Bouena, a member of the Sephardic community in Greece, worked for the Red Cross, recorded Ladino proverbs and worked for the Jewish underground during WWII.

Courtesy of Dr. Eli Garfinkle

Bouena Sarfatty and Max Garfinkle on their wedding day, 1946. Bouena, a member of the Sephardic community in Greece, worked for the Red Cross, recorded Ladino proverbs and worked for the Jewish underground during WWII.

Courtesy of Dr. Eli Garfinkle

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Bouena Sarfatty Garfinkle's Family, 1937

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Family Portrait, 1937. L to R, back row: Marie (Miriam, older sister of Bouena), Eliahu (older brother), Rachel (older sister); front row: Regina (younger sister), Bouena, Henrietta (daughter of Marie), Alice (daughter of Marie), Simha (Bouna's mother), Daisy (Desica, daughter of Rachel).

Courtesy of Dr. Eli Garfinkle

Family Portrait, 1937. L to R, back row: Marie (Miriam, older sister of Bouena), Eliahu (older brother), Rachel (older sister); front row: Regina (younger sister), Bouena, Henrietta (daughter of Marie), Alice (daughter of Marie), Simha (Bouna's mother), Daisy (Desica, daughter of Rachel).

Courtesy of Dr. Eli Garfinkle

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Ethel Rosenberg

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Convicted as a spy, Ethel Rosenberg—who maintained her innocence to her final breath—was only the second woman in the United States to be executed by the federal government.

Convicted as a spy, Ethel Rosenberg—who maintained her innocence to her final breath—was only the second woman in the United States to be executed by the federal government.

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Esther Ritz

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A civic leader par excellence, Esther Leah Ritz directed and supported numerous local, national and international organizations and causes, ranging from the Milwaukee Jewish Federation to the Democratic Party to Middle East peace efforts, and including hundreds of programs to protect the rights of the disenfranchised.
Photographer: Tom Bamberger, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Institution: Peggy Brill
A civic leader par excellence, Esther Leah Ritz directed and supported numerous local, national and international organizations and causes, ranging from the Milwaukee Jewish Federation to the Democratic Party to Middle East peace efforts, and including hundreds of programs to protect the rights of the disenfranchised.
Photographer: Tom Bamberger, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Institution: Peggy Brill

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Olga Benario Prestes Exhibit

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Photograph of Olga Benario Prestes (L) in the exhibit, "Women of Ravensbruck—Portraits of Courage," curated by Rochelle G. Saidel for the Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg. Artwork on right by Julia Terwilliger.

Institution: Rochelle Saidel

Photograph of Olga Benario Prestes (L) in the exhibit, "Women of Ravensbruck—Portraits of Courage," curated by Rochelle G. Saidel for the Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg. Artwork on right by Julia Terwilliger.

Institution: Rochelle Saidel

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Zosha Posnanska, 1933

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One of the unsung Jewish heroes of World War II, utopianist Zosha Posnanska fought the Germans by aiding the Soviet military. As a member of their intelligence network she provided information crucial to the Allies until she was captured by the Germans and committed suicide at the age of thirty-six. She appears here in Brussels in February, 1933.

Institution: Yehudit Kafri

One of the unsung Jewish heroes of World War II, utopianist Zosha Posnanska fought the Germans by aiding the Soviet military. As a member of their intelligence network she provided information crucial to the Allies until she was captured by the Germans and committed suicide at the age of thirty-six. She appears here in Brussels in February, 1933.

Institution: Yehudit Kafri

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GIl Marcus, Nelson Mandela, and Michael Katz, December 1990

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Gill Marcus (C) with Nelson Mandela (R) and Professor Michael Katz (L), President of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), at a meeting between representatives of the SAJBD and the African National Congress in December 1990.
Courtest of David Saks, South African Jewish Board of Deputies.
Gill Marcus (C) with Nelson Mandela (R) and Professor Michael Katz (L), President of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), at a meeting between representatives of the SAJBD and the African National Congress in December 1990.
Courtest of David Saks, South African Jewish Board of Deputies.

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Clara Sereni

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Italian writer Clara Sereni is particularly interested in giving space and voice to marginal personae, and in "recovering the lost language of women."

Courtesy of Clara Sereni, Perugia, Italy

Italian writer Clara Sereni is particularly interested in giving space and voice to marginal personae, and in "recovering the lost language of women."

Courtesy of Clara Sereni, Perugia, Italy

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