AT AN AIR PAGEANT on Long Island, Ernst Udet did amazing stunts in his red and silver Flamingo, and a fleet of U.S. Army airplanes bombed and strafed a papier-mâché village. The demolished village was named “Depressionville.” It was October 8, 1933.
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SOMEONE THREW A STONE through the studio window of an immigrant painter named Michael Califano. The next day, three men came to the door. It was May 16, 1935, in New York City. The men asked to see some postcards of Califano’s anti-Nazi painting, The Ignominy of the Twentieth Century. The postcards were being sold to benefit Jewish refugees. The painting, which had been exhibited at the Independents’ Show in Grand Central Palace, showed Hitler expelling Einstein from Germany; near Hitler was an iron fist holding a bloody knife. Califano turned to get the postcards, and the men grabbed him,...
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Washington Square Park. They carried signs that said: NO NATION CAN AFFORD BOTH WAR AND CIVILIZATION and PROMOTE JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom formed a “marching war cemetery,” and there was a sort of float: a turf graveyard of white crosses with two mourners, a mother and child, and a sign that said, WHAT PRICE GLORY? Among those leading the march were two famous religious leaders—John Haynes Holmes of the Community Church (the admirer of Gandhi) and Rabbi Stephen Wise of the Free Synagogue—along with leaders of other denominations, a group...
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A DENTIST FROM NEW YORK, Dr. Howard Blake, talked with Rafael Trujillo, president of the Dominican Republic. Blake was representing the American Jewish Congress. He and Trujillo were trying to determine whether one million eastern European Jews could move to Trujillo’s country. It was January 1937.
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