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Bournstein?

The recent blockbuster report in The New York Times that Julius Rosenberg really did spy for the Russians will make history. It has also changed my life. The New York Times has finally convinced me there’s only one plot twist … Read More

By / September 15, 2008

The recent blockbuster report in The New York Times that Julius Rosenberg really did spy for the Russians will make history. It has also changed my life. The New York Times has finally convinced me there’s only one plot twist for the next movie. He finds out he’s Jewish.

Oh, it’s been building for a while, this obsession the Times and I have with covert operatives who turn out to be Jews. It started twenty years ago, in 1988, when the Times latched onto the tale of Trebitsch Lincoln–the early twentieth-century Christian missionary, British MP, German spy, Buddhist monk and–surprise!–Jew.