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From 1880 to 1924, one third of the Jewish population of Eastern Europe left shtetls and cities for the United States, fleeing persecution and seeking economic opportunity.
The first ghetto's area was defined by two gates which were opened in the morning to the sound of the bell in St. Mark’s belfry, and closed at midnight by four Christian keepers, paid by the Jews.
Tonight, as I sit here, a memorial candle burning nearby, I check the news. Five mortars were fired at Israel today
Venetian Jews say the 500th anniversary of the world's first ghetto may present a lesson for new Muslim refugees.