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Diane Bani-Esraili
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30 Years After and the threefold identity of Iranian-American Jews

Eager as can be, with my program in hand and my nametag around my neck, I made my way into the ballroom of the historic Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles for what would be a momentous gathering. I had…

First Farsi Holocaust text connects Iranians to Jewish history

On October 14, I was privileged to be a student delegate at 30 Years After’s 3rd Biennial Conference. 30 Years After is the civic and political voice of America’s Iranian Jews, the first and only organization of its kind. The…

‘Outfitters’ of outrage: Urban Outfitters sells ‘Holocaust t-shirt’ and offends

Popular retailer Urban Outfitters is known for catering to the so-called ‘hipster’ culture, and it does so by incorporating influences from past decades into their vintage, bohemian, and retro clothing lines. According to the company’s website, Urban Outfitters’ “established ability…

זכור פן תשכח: Commemorating Kristallnacht 73 Years Later

On the night of November 9, 1938, Jewish homes, synagogues, shops, and towns all across Nazi Germany and Austria were targeted in a brutal campaign of antisemitic orchestrated violence and vandalism.  Tonight marks the 73rd anniversary of these grisly events.…