Articles written by: Harvey Frommer

Harvey Frommer

The Frommers are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. They are the authors of five critically-acclaimed oral histories (It Happened in the Catskills; It Happened in Brooklyn; Growing Up Jewish in America; It Happened on Broadway; and It Happened in Manhattan) and professors at Dartmouth College where they teach oral history. Their many articles have appeared in such outlets as The New York Times, Newsday, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Redbook, Golf Digest, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Washington Post, Haaretz, Caribbean Travel and Life and many Internet sites. Harvey Frommer is also a noted sports journalist and oral historian, the author of forty one books on sports including the autobiographies of legends Nolan Ryan, Tony Dorsett, and Red Holzman.

Chronological / Destinations / Europe

The Spanish-Jewish Connection: The Jews of the Basque

Since it opened in the fall of 1997, the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, a gleaming curvilinear ship of titanium, limestone and glass, has drawn a steady flow of tourists to this Basque seaport on the northern coast of Spain. But among the throngs of visitors we encountered was an American whose journey had nothing to do with Frank Gehry’s futuristic design that thrusts into the Nervion River. Joaquin Carlos Caraguegguie had simply returned to his boyhood home to arrange the details of his late father’s estate.

Chronological / Destinations / Europe

The Jews of Valencia

In the thirteenth century, when Jaime I conquered the Kingdom of Valencia ending 500 years of Moorish rule, he sent out the word: Jews throughout Christian Spain were invited to settle in the re-conquered territory.

Chronological / Destinations / Europe

An Archival Discovery Illuminates a Forgotten Piece of Tudela’s Jewish History

Ninety-four kilometers south of Pamplona, where Ernest Hemingway ran with the bulls, Tudela, second largest city in Navarre after Pamplona, is a metropolis of many distinctions, not least among them a Jewish history of majestic proportions. It was home to some of the most renowned figures in Sephardic literature and scholarship; its two still-existent Juderias are among the most extensive in all of Spain. Yet for the longest time, Tudela’s Jewish erstwhile presence was forgotten, victim to a kind of collective amnesia. And then a 53-year-old librarian/archivist made an accidental discovery, and the process of remembering began.

Africa / Chronological / Destinations / Europe

Tunisian Jews on the French Riviera: A Link in the Franco-Jewish Chain

The recent uprising in Tunisia reminded us of Claudine, whom we met in the old section of Cannes where a kashruth sign in the window of a butcher shop had caught our attention. Curious, we stepped inside just as an attractive, well-dressed woman was gathering up her packages. An impromptu conversation ensued.

Book Reviews: “Fly Water” “British West Indies Style” and “Faeries”
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Book Reviews: “Fly Water” “British West Indies Style” and “Faeries”

From Rizzoli Publishers comes “Fly Water” and “British West Indies Style.” The former brings us to the fly-fishing rivers of the American West. The latter is focused on the superbly and uniquely furnished homes of Antigua, Jamaica, Barbados and more.

Book Reviews: “Architecture of the Sun” and “The Houses and Gardens of M.H. Baillie Scott”
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Book Reviews: “Architecture of the Sun” and “The Houses and Gardens of M.H. Baillie Scott”

What more can we expect from Rizzoli Publishers than two more terrific and collectible tomes – – “Architecture of the Sun” and “The Houses and Gardens of M.H. Baillie Scott.”

Book Review: China
Book Reviews / Chronological

Book Review: China

If there were ever a book to place on your coffee table and allow to sit there through the years, to be ogled and enjoyed by you and friends and family, “China” by Yann Layma (Abrams, $50.00, 424 pages, 240 photographs in full color) is it.

A South American Saga: The Jews of Argentina
Central & South America / Chronological / Destinations

A South American Saga: The Jews of Argentina

Although he wears many hats, you could call Elio a travel agent; he creates and organizes tours that reflect Argentina’s disparate ethnic groups under the rubric “Cultural Tourism.” But his heart, predictably enough, lies in the story of his own people and in dreaming up tours that document their history in this nation.

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BOOK REVIEWS: “World Atlas,” “Bungalow Nation,” “Running with Reindeer,” and “Eyewitness London”

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For holiday gift giving to yourself or to someone else, a trio from Rizzoli should definitely be on your list. Beautiful, informative, sensibly priced for what you get, representing travel and lesiure and history interests – – “One Hundred and One Beautiful Towns in France,” “Alfred Stieglitz New York,” “Caribbean Hideaways” – – fill the bill.