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Holocaust

Hephzibah Menuhin

Hephzibah Menuhin had a stellar career as a pianist, but a visit to Theresienstadt in 1947 drew her to a new calling as a human rights activist.

Vladka Meed

Freedom fighter Vladka Meed smuggled dynamite into the Warsaw Ghetto to aid the Jewish uprising and helped children escape by hiding them in Christian homes.

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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Adele Rosenwald Levy

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Nora Levin

While her books sparked controversy among historians, Nora Levin helped shape popular understanding of modern Jewish history.

Blume Lempel

Told repeatedly from an early age that girls were not worth educating and that uneducated people couldn’t be writers, Blume Lempel defied expectations to write beautiful, unusually modernist Yiddish literature.

Malka Lee

Malka Lee’s lyrical Yiddish poems won over both critics and general American Jewish audiences, but it was her work dedicated to the family she lost in the Holocaust that had the most lasting impact.

Regina Jonas by Marlis Glaser, 2014

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Portrait of Regina Jonas by Marlis Glaser, 2014. Permission for JWA use from the artist.

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Benson, Stephen

Portrait of Regina Jonas by Marlis Glaser, 2014. Permission for JWA use from the artist.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Ruth Westheimer balanced unabashed practical advice about sexual health and safety with a playful sense of humor to educate the public and break down social taboos against discussing sex.

Ruth Klüger

Through her scholarship and her memoir about her experiences in the Holocaust, Ruth Klüger challenged popular assumptions about history, memory, and the role of women in society.

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