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June 16, 2017

Local Families, Global Mysteries: Offering Hope and Haven to German Jews

The Eric Moses papers also speak to the difficulty in arranging Jewish emigration from Germany and other European countries. While Marcia escaped Russian- and Japanese-occupied China before the outbreak of World War II, Eric Moses was working to get Jews out of Germany during the height of Hitler’s power.

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June 14, 2017

Local Families, Global Mysteries: Tangled Family Ties, Linking Pittsburgh & Manchuria

The narrative of the Marcia Robbins collection has all the hallmarks of an epic novel: full of lost love, political intrigue, wild speculation, and an around-the-world journey to reunite with a missing father.

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May 17, 2017

Investigating the Ray Sprigle Papers and Photographs

By the 1950s, the colorful and opinionated Ray Sprigle had cemented his reputation as a reporter willing to fight for the underdog. A reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since the paper’s inception in 1927, Sprigle wrote exposés on conditions in mental hospitals and coal mines, illegal gambling operations, and the black market for meat during World War II. Sprigle often went undercover in pursuit of his stories, donning disguises and assuming bogus identities.

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