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Dare to Dance Together: 1940, 2011, and Today

Tony nominated playwright Elizabeth Swados raised our consciousness; she opened our eyes and dared us all to dance. Swados gave much to the world: theater, the gift of herself, one who constantly seeks truth and justice, and a strong female leader. Liz Swados also impacted my life in a very personal way- she taught me the meaning of community. 

The Return: A Filmmaker Discovers Modern Jewish Poland

How did I end up spending four years traveling across three continents to track the lives of four young Polish women as they explored their newfound Jewish roots?

Because that’s what I do. I’m a documentary filmmaker. I try and get into the lives of people and make sense of their various turns and choices: the stories of how people change over time. It’s a combination of being an anthropologist, journalist and a therapist, all in the service of storytelling. It’s difficult, challenging, maddening—but it’s also the greatest thing in the world.

Rosa Eskenazi

Noted singer Roza Eskenazi enjoyed a second flowering of her career when Greek youth began a revival of traditional music in the 1970s.

Bravery In Negatives And Movement: Lotte Jacobi

Art as a form of healing. Art as a form of escape. Art as a form of human connection, or livelihood, or emotional fulfillment. Art as everything that you need it to be. 

"Lotte Lenya" and Delaney Hoffman's Photo

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Left: Lotte Jacobi's photo, "Lotte Lenya" Right: Author Delaney Hoffman's photo of a friend.
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Left: Lotte Jacobi's photo, "Lotte Lenya" Right: Author Delaney Hoffman's photo of a friend.

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Hannah Szenes, 1944, cropped

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Hannah Szenes in a Hungarian army uniform as a Purim costume, 1944.
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Hannah Szenes in a Hungarian army uniform as a Purim costume, 1944.

Living A Life Of Valor

I don’t think I’m a very brave person. I’m normally quite timid, and taking a stand is something that does not come naturally to me. I sometimes hesitate to say what I really think for fear of how others will react, and I often find it easy to fade into the background in large groups.

Hannah Szenes in Uniform, 1944

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Hannah Szenes in a Hungarian army uniform as a Purim costume, 1944.
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Hannah Szenes in a Hungarian army uniform as a Purim costume, 1944.

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Steve Benson on Irena Sendler's Heroism

This Week in History: On October 20, 1943, Irena Sendler committed one final act of heroism before her capture by the Nazis: hiding a list of the true identities of thousands of children she had saved so they might be reunited with their families after the war. Steve Benson describes her bravery and her massive impact on thousands of survivors.
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This Week in History: On October 20, 1943, Irena Sendler committed one final act of heroism before her capture by the Nazis: hiding a list of the true identities of thousands of children she had saved so they might be reunited with their families after the war. Steve Benson describes her bravery and her massive impact on thousands of survivors.

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Thumbnail of video. This Week in History: On October 20, 1943, Irena Sendler committed one final act of heroism before her capture by the Nazis: hiding a list of the true identities of thousands of children she had saved so they might be reunited with their families after the war. Steve Benson describes her bravery and her massive impact on thousands of survivors.
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Thumbnail of video. This Week in History: On October 20, 1943, Irena Sendler committed one final act of heroism before her capture by the Nazis: hiding a list of the true identities of thousands of children she had saved so they might be reunited with their families after the war. Steve Benson describes her bravery and her massive impact on thousands of survivors.

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