New Haven, Changsha Sign Sister-City Pact

by Allan Appel | Jun 22, 2017 3:00 pm

Allan Appel Photo The half-Chinese and half-African-American McCollum sisters have been speaking Cantonese at home all their lives. Thursday morning they put their linguistic talents to inspirational use, only they had to switch to Mandarin, the national dialect of China.

The sisters were part of the cultural program on the occasion of formal signing ceremonies marking Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, becoming New Haven’s eighth sister city.

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Holocaust Remembrance Message: “I’m Alive”

by Allan Appel | Apr 24, 2017 7:26 am | Comments (2)

Allan Appel Photo As the Jews of Warsaw struggled to stay alive during the early years of World War II, 15-year-old Helene Rosenberg was used to her older brother bringing her back a tchothke — Yiddish for a toy or some small token of normal life — whenever he was able to sneak out and back into the ghetto.

One day the tchotke the older brother gave Helene was an official-looking piece of paper. As he handed the document to her, he said, “This is going to save your life.”

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