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December 13, 2017

The Mystery of the McKeesport Menorah

The Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives recently acquired this charming electric menorah from the Iszauk family of White Oak, Pa., a borough outside McKeesport. No one in the Jewish community in McKeesport could provide any information about the origins of the electric menorah, but we dug a littler deeper.

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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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