Author Archive for Daniel Czitrom

“Who the hell worked out a plan like that?” New Light on the 1935 Bremen Riot

February 27, 2018
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<i>“Who the hell worked out a plan like that?”</i> New Light on the 1935 <i> Bremen </i> Riot

When the Bremen, a German luxury ship proudly flying the Swastika, was ready to sail from its berth at Pier 46 in New York, two seamen who later volunteered to fight in Spain managed to fool the crew and rip down the Nazi flag. In the archives, Dan Czitrom came across a deserter’s testimony...
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Kitchen Table History: In Search of Ben Barsky

August 30, 2017
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Kitchen Table History: In Search of Ben Barsky

Ben Barsky had volunteered for Spain in 1937 and never returned. Why and how did he go? Why did the family never receive any notice of his death? And—perhaps most importantly and painfully—why has Ben’s life and sacrifice been such a taboo subject in the family for so many years? Daniel Czitrom explores the...
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