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What are the text and subtext of this 1949 Soviet cartoon?

Although the whole anti-"rootless cosmopolitan" campaign is now widely accepted as being antisemitic in nature, at the time it was framed as being directed against people who "lack patriotism and ...
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What defined a Jew in the context of WW2?

The "classification" of Jews in Nazi Germany (and occupied territories) was governed by the Nuremberg laws and based on "heritage." Basically, someone with no Jewish grandparents was considered non-...
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Nuremberg Laws - Did they affect existing marriages between Jews and Non-Jews?

It is very rare for new laws to apply retroactively, even Hitler's Nuremberg Laws. In this case, the prohibition of mixed marriages did not apply to couples who were already married. However, as the ...
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Why was the "Cave of the Patriarchs" forbidden to Jews?

The ban occurred during Mamluk period. The specifics of why are unclear in the wiki entry but the Jewish Virtual Library helpfully suggests that it's because they turned the location into a Mosque. ...
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Did the Soviet Union hand over thousands of Jews to the Nazis in the spirit of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact?

Short Answer No - the Soviets did not hand over thousands and thousands of Jews to the Nazis before the outbreak of World War II. The claim is inaccurate. The pact was signed by Molotov (seated) ...
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What would the Arch of Titus have looked like painted?

Last year, a team headed by Steve Fine of the Yeshiva University Center for Israeli Studies in New York which had been examining portions of the arch since 2012 announced: High resolution three-...
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Did the Jews move from Palestine to Germany?

The Jews were largely exiled from 'Judea' which Romans then renamed 'Palestina' in 132CE by the Romans, after a rebellion against Roman rule. They dispersed into the Roman Empire, and gradually spread ...
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Why is the Arch of Titus not considered to be anti-Semitic?

Probably because, unlike many other acts in the ancient eastern Mediterranean (perhaps dating back to the antisemitic attitudes expressed by Manetho in the 3rd century BC), the motivation behind the ...
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Solzhenitsyn's History of Russian Jews

I am a Russian speaker who read the book, and many reviews of this book. Most reviews label it as anti-semitic. Its main point is to justify or acquit all Russian actions with respect to the Jews. And ...
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Did Akhenaten's religion influence early Judaism?

In general, I would be very wary of claims that Akhenaten's religion was a significant influence on early Judaism. There is, however, one very famous link that is often claimed between Akhenaten and ...
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What was the point of the Babylonian captivity?

Just like the better researchable Assyrians the Neo-Babylonians employed this as a proven tool to assert their control of the conquered lands and the remaining people there. Once the head of the snake ...
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What do we currently know about the ethnic origins of Jews?

Being awfully broad as it is, it is nevertheless an issue that might be addressable. But the terminology needs to be clearer. "Jews", in our modern sense, sprang into existence only after 70 ...
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What are the text and subtext of this 1949 Soviet cartoon?

1949 was a bad year to be a communist or nomenklatura. Apart from the Rajk trials of national development line communists in the new soviet-style societies, there was the Leningrad affair and ...
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What was it like for German Jews after WWII?

To talk about numbers, one has to talk about the definitions first. The Nazi definition of Jews was racist drivel, but it is relevant because it guided their persecutions. Counting the members in ...
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After Jesus was executed what became of Pontius Pilate

The best and most accessible recent historical account I know of for the historical Pilate is Reza Aslan's Zealot*. Here's a portion of what he wrote near the beginning of Chapter 5 of Pilate's story ...
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Are there non-Biblical references to collecting foreskins?

The practice of Circumcision was by no means unknown in ancient Egypt, although I'm not sure how widely it was used. A parallel to the Israelite practice of collecting the foreskins of slain enemies ...
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Participation of Jewish Red Army Soldiers in Rape/Atrocities in Germany?

You may have read this in Antony Beevor's book The Fall of Berlin 1945 where he writes: And a wide range of anecdotal evidence indicates that Red Army officers who were Jewish went out of their ...
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How much were Jews allowed to take with them from Nazi Germany?

Is this indeed a discrepancy, or am I misunderstanding the article? You are misunderstanding the situation, since the article is mixing multiple laws that changed over time. Currency restrictions (...
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During the time of the German Empire, were Polish or Jewish people permitted to join the Social Democratic Party?

Rosa Luxemburg was a fairly prominent SPD member before WWI. She was from a Jewish family in Poland. This SPD-affiliated page says that in 1914, the SPD had 12 Jewish Reichstag members (out of a total ...
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How many Bolsheviks were Jewish?

I understand that by "bolshevik" we're really just referring to the majority party within the USSR (if that is correct?) This is the original, most concrete definition of "Bolshevik", yes. Outside ...
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How did the Emperor Titus die?

SHORT ANSWER The most widely accepted view among scholars is that Titus died a natural death. He had a fever which may have been caused by malaria (note that its relationship to mosquitos was unknown ...
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Why do people refuse to acknowledge the Holocaust?

One of my uncles was an intelligence officer assigned to evaluate and document the camps. He also took pictures for his private albums. He retired after 30 years as a colonel, and would offer to ...
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When did Herod the Great die?

As John A. Cramer observes, Trying to date the death of Herod the Great is attended by considerable uncertainty The main source for information about the death of Herod the Great is the historian ...
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Nuremberg Laws - Did they affect existing marriages between Jews and Non-Jews?

Yes, they did, in an "indirect" way. This was particularly true after a 1938 supplement made the Jewish partner's racial status grounds for divorce by itself. That is, the laws were designed to allow,...
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What was the point of the Babylonian captivity?

I'm going to guess you're coming at this with the idea in your head that every living soul in the country was exiled. That's incorrect. In fact, while the Bible itself isn't consistent on the subject (...
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Why would the Gestapo help Jews to escape?

I think this is more of an ELL question but from what I understand from the context as well as this article, the boarding of the patrols is to apprehend the Jews, not to help them. As per the article, ...
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Are the ancestors of Saudi royal family Jewish?

If you go back enough in time it's possible, in that pre-islamic religion in the Arab Peninsula was a mix of polytheism, Christianity, Judaism, and Iranian religions. But it's implausible that one ...
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Were there any Jewish members of the Roman Senate?

I think, none except the king of Judea (Herod for instance) had a privilege to participate and vote in the senate's meetings, like a senator. So, while he was not a senator, he had similar rights (...
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Would Jewish Ukranians historically have worn vyshyvankas and integrated Slavic embroidary into their lives?

Not at all. The picture below is pretty much what they would wear in 1800s. And prior to 1800s there wasn't much cultural mixing either. Historically, Jews in Ukraine and Russia lived in their own ...
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After Jesus was executed what became of Pontius Pilate

Very little is known about this Roman soldier who became the fifth Prefect of Judaea between 26 and 36 A.D., serving under Emperor Tiberius. Philo of Alexandria, Josephus and Tacitus mention him in ...
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