Recipe Feedback

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I love to find appetizing recipes on the Internet. Recently two recipes caught my fancy: almond-lemon macaroons on Mimi’s blog and chicken with black olives and tomatoes on Mom in Israel’s blog.

The first one was part of the first seder menu. I served it after Israeli potato salad and prune and preserved lemon tagine. To present with the macaroons, I had made orange salad.

I followed Mimi’s recipe to the letter except that I chose not to dip them in chocolate. The proportions were just perfect. This is really a recipe I recommend for people who, like me, love ground almond.

I cooked the chicken last Friday afternoon for the Shabbat lunch. It is both simple and lovely. I used green as well as black olives to add a bit of color to the dish. Concerning the canned tomatoes, I guess that it is best to barely cover the chicken so as to make a thicker sauce. I also reckon you can put more than 3 cloves of garlic for a whole cut-up chicken; I personnally put 3 cloves for only two pieces of chicken. I added fresh coriander to the pates and served it with rice. It was perfect.

I have copied and pasted these two recipes and have included them in the recipe folder of my computer.

Books in Nazi-Occupied France

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Martine Poulain, a French socioiogist whose field is reading , recently published a book about the pilfered libraries in Nazi-occupied France between 1940 and 1944.

When she discovered that nothing had been written on the subject, Martine Poulain decided to explore it. She started with public libraries but found that they had been for the most part left untouched while institutional and private libraries had been emptied and the books sent to Germany.

She also realized that this pilfering had been planned carefully before the war had even started. Apparently the Nazis knew perfectly well where the precious manuscripts, archives and books were. To quote her words, prior to the war, “the only thing they didn’t have was the key”.

She identified three reasons for the looting of libraries by the Nazis:
Revenge. The Germans were still bitter about The Treaty of Versailles and they believed that anything German, in German or related to German history belonged to them.
Domination. The Nazis were preoccupied with what people read. They wished to be the masters of the world and as such felt that reading was a field they needed to control.
Antisemitism. Most of the private libraries the Nazis pilfered were that of Jewish intellectuals and families. When a family was arrested and deported, the whole library was emptied and sent to Germany. Similarly the libraries of The Alliance Israelite Universelle and The Séminaire Israélite de France (the French Jewish Seminary) as well as those of famous French rabbis were plundered.

After the war, only 20% of the books were returned to their owners.

Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day – starts tonight.