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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 2, 2012 / 10 Iyar, 5772

A Nazi collaborator at the Met

By Richard Z. Chesnoff


Gertrude Stein is shown sitting in front of a portrait of her painted by Picasso




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Crowds are packing one of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's most impressive exhibits in recent memory: "The Steins Collect," a staggering display of the avant-garde art assembled in early 20th century Paris by Americans Leo and Michael Stein and their formidable sister, the writer and poet Gertrude.

The period's greatest are on the walls: Matisse, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Renoir and Picasso, as well as famed portraits of the Stein siblings, art savvy children of a prosperous family of Jewish merchants from Baltimore who settled in Paris in the 1900s. It was there that Gertrude Stein wrote her most famous works; it was from there that she taught the world that, famously, "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose."

Brother Leo left Paris for Rome in 1913. Brother Michael and his wife, Sarah, went back to the U.S. in 1935, as clouds were gathering over Europe.

But Gertrude remained in France until her death in 1946, continuing to build her part of the art collection and, with it, one of the most glittering intellectual salons Paris has ever known.

The Met exhibit, which runs until June 3, details the history of the collection. But there's one problem: It makes no clear mention of the reason this American-Jewish writer/collector, who remained in France during World War II, evaded Vichy violence, Nazi plunder and anti-Semitic laws: Gertrude Stein was what the French call une collabo — that is, a collaborator .


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While that may not take away from the art, visitors should be made aware that one of its owners stood with feet planted on the wrong side of history. To do otherwise is to engage in whitewashing.

Like several other American modernists, Stein was a vocally harsh critic of FDR and the New Deal. But she also flirted with fascism, becoming a great fan of Spain's fascist Francisco Franco and of France's Marshal Philippe Petain, the World War I hero who became the Vichy puppet leader of Occupied France and, ultimately, an ally of Adolf Hitler.

Stein even became a Vichy propagandist, translating Petain's speeches into English, then submitting them for publication in New York, to which the publisher Bennett Cerf reportedly responded, "Over my dead body!" Stein chose to collaborate to support her political beliefs — but also to safeguard herself, her life partner, Alice B. Toklas, and their property in wartime France.

Although Stein's own works were barred from distribution under Vichy/Nazi censorship, she and Toklas were otherwise protected. They were never put on any police lists of Jews in France and ignored American diplomatic warnings to flee to Switzerland.

Instead, they remained safe in their Rhone Alps country home. Stein's art collection, unlike most other Jewish-owned ones in France, remained untouched. Her main protector was Bernard Fav, the anti-Semitic wartime head of the French National Library.

Nor are there any signs that Stein ever spoke out against Vichy's anti-Semitic laws — certainly not during and not even after the war. Nor did she take steps to help any of the figures in her prewar circle who ended up deported to death camps.

Worst of all, she lobbied for the nomination of Hitler for the 1938 Nobel Peace Prize. By that time, the Nuremberg Laws that so harassed Jews were some three years old; there is no way she didn't know what kind of man she was offering up for world acclaim.

The Met has yet to explain adequately why it has ignored this part of the Stein story. It seems that since fascism is part of her past, it should be made known, if for no other reason than to give visitors context.

Flake or fascist? Genius or selfish narcissist? Or, simply, as Stein herself might say: "Collaborator is a collaborator is a collaborator is a collaborator."

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