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Auf Wiedersehen, Pt. 2: Why “The Sound of Music” Doesn’t Play Well in Austria

Auf Wiedersehen, Pt. 2: Why “The Sound of Music” Doesn’t Play Well in Austria

The history of my mother’s family — of the Rosenbaums, in particular, and the Jews of Vienna, in general — only came to me in fits and starts, if it came at all. As I explained in Part 1 of my discussion of the film, “Auf Wiedersehen: ‘Til We Meet Again,” my family, like thatContinue Reading

My Mother and the Governator

My Mother and the Governator

My mother couldn’t stand Arnold Schwarzenegger.  She wasn’t a spitter but if she had been the type to expectorate over her shoulder, peasant style, she would have spat at Arnold. If she hadn’t been Jewish she would have made the sign of the cross whenever she heard his voice or saw his image. She wasContinue Reading