Saturday, November 22, 2014 Heshvan 29, 5775

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
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If you need further proof that making movies is an insane process -- and that it's a miracle that anything sensible gets up on the screen these days -- then find a copy of August's Vanity Fair, which has a story by Patricia Bosworth, the biographer of famed photographer Diane Arbus, about what Hollywood has made out of the book...
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I don't think, in recent times at least, there's been a more vilified intellectual figure -- at least in certain circles -- than Leo Strauss. And especially, so long-deceased an intellectual figure. A German-Jewish émigré, Strauss, who died 33 years ago, taught philosophy for the most part for several decades at the University of Chicago. Few outside of some rarefied...
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Memories, the raw and the cooked
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There are books that, the moment they appear, announce themselves as classics. In Memory's Kitchen is one of them. This collection of recipes written by women incarcerated in Terezin, the Czech concentration camp north of Prague, was first published 10 years ago by Jason Aronson. Now Rowman & Littlefield has had the good sense to return it to print in...
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An accounting of survival -- and loss
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The sisters discovered the bundle of letters nearly 20 years ago in their parents' Chicago apartment, soon after their father's death. Raya Schapiro and Helga Weinberg recognized immediately "the delicate Old German script" and "the brisk Czech writing" of two relatives who'd once been extremely close to them: their maternal grandmother Paula Froelich and her son, their uncle Erwin. These...
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There's nothing quite like an intramural catfight. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd had some of her finest moments when she took on President Bill Clinton and his affair with Monica Lewinsky. She was so clearly a partisan for his side -- and yet so appalled and amused by the continual misbehavior that had taken place in the White House...
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Profile

Robert Leiter served as senior editor of the Jewish Exponent before retiring in Dec. 2013. 

In his 30 years with the paper, he won many awards and held many positions, from full-time reporter to interim editor. For five years in the early 1980s, he was managing editor of Inside magazine, the Exponent's sister publication, and for seven years in the 2000s, he was the quarterly's editor in chief, while still working full time for the paper.

Since the mid-1980s, he reported from most of the major capitals of Europe for the Exponent, with an emphasis on the Eastern Bloc countries, during and after Communist rule. Throughout this period, he visited Poland, the two Germanies and the Soviet Union with greatest frequency, but also made visits to Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He has also reported from Catalonia, Alsace, Zurich and Venice, as well as from Costa Rica, Norway, India and the Middle East. A number of his journalism awards have been for his reporting from Europe.

He is a contributing editor to The American Poetry Review, which is based in Philadelphia, and in the 1980s, he served as Murray Friedman's assistant to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C.

He has also been a freelance writer for 40 years and his book reviews, short stories, essays, interviews and profiles have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, CommonwealDissent, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, The New Leader, The Forward, Moment, Redbook, The Pennsylvania GazetteThe Philadelphia BulletinThe Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review and many other mainstream local and national publications.

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