About Stefan Kanfer

Stefan Kanfer is the author of a dozen books on a wide range of subjects. His most recent work, Stardust Lost, a history of the Yiddish Theatre, was published by Knopf in October.

A collection of his pieces on theater, The Voodoo That They Did So Well, will be published next winter. The author's most recent biographies: Ball of Fire, about the sources of Lucille Ball's comedy, and Groucho, concerning the life and wit of Groucho Marx, were both national bestsellers, as was The Last Empire, a social history of the De Beers diamond company. One of his novels, The Eighth Sin, centering on the fate of gypsies in World War II, was a Book of the Month selection, and led to an appointment on the President's Commission on the Holocaust.

Kanfer was a writer, critic and editor at Time magazine for more than 20 years; his articles and reviews have appeared in most major publications. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including installation as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library. Currently he serves on the editorial board of City Journal, a quarterly published by the Manhattan Institute. He and his wife May, a consultant at the Early Child Center of Sarah Lawrence College, live in Westchester, New York. They have two married children, Lili, a teacher in the Connecticut school system, and Ethan, a Manhattan-based writer.

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Day 4 (Kanfer): Is Zionism Still Relevant to the American Jew?

Day 4 (Kanfer): Is Zionism Still Relevant to the American Jew?
By December 4, 2006

From: Stefan Kanfer To: David Shneer Subject: A Final History Lesson Dear David, April 19, 1943. Ukranian and Latvian SS troops march into the Warsaw ghetto, under orders to destroy it and all who were living there. A Jewish leader, … Read More

Day 3 (Kanfer): Is Zionism Still Relevant to the American Jew?

Day 3 (Kanfer): Is Zionism Still Relevant to the American Jew?
By December 1, 2006

From: Stefan Kanfer To: David Shneer Subject: Don’t pack any hair gel! Dear David, The rules of combat, even a prose one such as this, demand accuracy rather than distortion. You note that I approvingly cited Oriana Fallaci, then go … Read More

Day 2 (Kanfer): Is Zionism Still Relevant to the American Jew?

Day 2 (Kanfer): Is Zionism Still Relevant to the American Jew?
By November 30, 2006

From: Stefan Kanfer To: David Shneer Subject: Unmissable parallels Dear David, I will set aside my feelings for the youth who are to be “running Jewish institutions in the not too distant future,” nor will I comment on the validity … Read More

Day 1 (Stefan Kanfer): Is Zionism Still Relevant to the American Jew?

Day 1 (Stefan Kanfer): Is Zionism Still Relevant to the American Jew?
By November 29, 2006

From: Stefan Kanfer To: David Shneer Subject: Sleepwalking in a minefield Dear David, Years ago I was visiting a friend in San Francisco. I passed a temple bulletin board with the sign, “The Joy of Jewishing.” This is why I … Read More