Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Call your Mother and the Nazi's perfect baby was Jewish

Challenges Can Be Elevating

The more difficulty you encounter in fulfilling a good deed, the more joy you will feel - since this manifests a greater degree of elevation. A person's success is dependent on those good deeds that are difficult for him to do. A seemingly "minor" good deed performed with difficulty is actually much greater than many good deeds which are easy to perform (due to their being consistent with the person's nature).

When performing a good deed that is difficult for you to do, instead of thinking how awful it is, appreciate that the difficulty is what elevates you!

Love yehuda lave

An Evening with Nichols and May: The Jewish Mother

What makes Jewish mothers so special?

by Mercury Records

Celebrated Jewish filmmaker and comedian Mike Nichols passed away this week at the age of 83. While most people probably have their favorite Nichols' film – his Academy Award winning The Graduate perhaps at the top of most lists – we at Jewlarious will always remember Nichols for his portrayal of the Jewish mother on his show An Evening with Nichols and May. So if you love your Jewish mother and you love to laugh, watch this clip below. Do it for Mike and for your mother. What, it would it kill you?




UN Phone Survey
Last month, a world-wide telephone survey was conducted by the UN.
The only question asked was:
"Would you please give your honest opinion about possible solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?"
The survey was a complete failure because:
In Eastern Europe they didn't know what "honest" meant.
In Western Europe they didn't know what "shortage" meant.
In Africa they didn't know what "food" meant.
In China they didn't know what "opinion" meant.
In the Middle East they didn't know what "solution" meant.
In South America they didn't know what "please" meant.
In the USA they didn't know what "the rest of the world" meant.
And in Australia , New Zealand and Britain everyone hung up as soon as they heard the Indian accent.

Forget plasters! Gel stops bleeding IMMEDIATELY

A Brooklyn-based company has developed is a plant-based haemophilic polymer that can seal wounds within seconds and will soon be used to treat animals before being tested for human use.

Read the full story:

24 November 2014








 The Nazi's 'Perfect Aryan' Poster Child Was Jewish

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Hessy Taft recently presented the Yad Vashem Holocaust 

Memorial in Israel with a Nazi magazine featuring her baby 

photograph on the front cover, and told the story of how she 

became an unlikely poster child for the Third Reich.

When Hessy Taft was six months old, she was a poster 

child for the Nazis. Her photograph was chosen as the 

image of the ideal Aryan baby, and distributed in party 

propaganda. But what the Nazis didn't know was that their 

perfect baby was really Jewish.

"I can laugh about it now," the 80-year-old Professor Taft 

told Germany's Bild newspaper in an interview. "But if the 

Nazis had known who I really was, I wouldn't be alive."


Prof Taft recently presented the Yad Vashem Holocaust 

Memorial in Israel with a Nazi magazine featuring her baby 

photograph on the front cover, and told the story of how she 

became an unlikely poster child for the Third Reich.


Her parents, Jacob and Pauline Levinsons, both talented 

singers, moved to Berlin from Latvia to pursue careers in 

classical music in 1928, only to find themselves caught 

up in the Nazis' rise to power. Her father lost his job at an 

opera company because he was Jewish, and had to find 

work as a door-to-door salesman.


In 1935, with the city rife with anti-Semitic attacks, Pauline 

Levinsons took her six-month-old daughter Hessy to a 

well-known Berlin photographer to have her baby photograph 



A few months later, she was horrified to find her daughter's 

picture on the front cover of Sonne ins Hause, a major Nazi 

family magazine. Terrified, the family would be exposed as 

Jews, she rushed to the photographer, Hans Ballin. He told 

her he knew the family was Jewish, and had deliberately 

submitted the photograph to a contest to find the most 

beautiful Aryan baby.


"I wanted to make the Nazis ridiculous," the photographer 

told her. He succeeded: the picture won the contest, and 

was believed to have been chosen personally by the Nazi 

propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.


Frightened she would be recognized on the streets and 

questions asked about her identity, Prof. Taft's parents

kept her at home. Her photograph appeared on widely 

available Nazi postcards, where she was rrecognized 

by an aunt in distant Memel, now part of Lithuania. But 

the Nazis never discovered Prof. Taft's true identity. In 

1938, her father was arrested by the Gestapo on a trumped 

up tax charge, but released when his accountant, a Nazi 

party member, came to his defense.


After that, the family fled Germany. They moved first to 

Latvia, before settling in Paris only for the city to fall to the 

Nazis. With the help of the French resistance, they 

escaped again, this time to Cuba, and in 1949 the 

family moved to the United States.


Today the Jewish woman who was once a Nazi poster 

child is a professor of chemistry in New York.


"I feel a little revenge," she said of presenting her 

photograph to Yad Vashem. "Something like satisfaction."