The History of Anti-Semitism

The History of Anti-Semitism Volume 4, Suicidal Europe 1870-1933 by Leon Poliakov, pub. 0P/Littman Library of Jewish Civilisation, 1985 Price £20.00, 422p The recent refusal of the French Minister of Defence to permit the erection of a statue of Captain Alfred Dreyfus at the site of his disgrace and humiliation gave rise to the rumours … Read more

Soviet Psychiatric Abuse: The Shadow Over World Psychiatry

Soviet Psychiatric Abuse: The Shadow Over World Psychiatry. By Sidney Bloch and Peter Reddaway. Gollancz £10.95. “Anti-Soviet convictions simply cannot exist. Anti-Soviet statements or opinions are the result, either of mental disturbance or of cynicism or of ignorance.” Not the trite jibe of a seasoned apparatchik, but the considered professional opinion of Dr Stanislav Korolev … Read more

Soap Opera Soviets

  Review of Karpov’s Brain by  Gerald Green (Bantam 1984) 523pp. Gerald Green is perhaps best known as the author of the television drama Holocaust. This was viewed by 500 million people world-wide and certainly no one can dispute the educational value of such an exercise. Yet for many who viewed Holocaust from another level, its over-simplification … Read more

Getting into Bed with Khomeini

    The Military-Industrial Complex in Israel: by Dr Yoram Peri and Amnon Neubach, International Centre for Peace in the Middle East. Israeli Society and its Defence Establishment: The Social and Political Impact of a Protracted Violent Conflict. Ed. Moshe Lissak-Frank Cass. £18. SIPR I Yearbook 1984: World Armaments and Disarmament, Taylor and Francis. “What … Read more

The Jews of Hope: The Plight of Soviet Jewry Today

Refuseniks The Jews of Hope: The Plight of Soviet Jewry Today Martin Gilbert Macmillan £8.95 The Yugoslav dissident socialist, Milovan Djilas, once commented that since they are pervaded by the spirit of internationalism, the Jews are doomed to be persecuted whenever a regime isolates itself. Martin Gilbert’s book shows that this dictum remains unchanged. Under … Read more

If Only My People: Zionism in My life

“If Only My People: Zionism in My life”‘ by Immanuel Jakobovits published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson The title ‘Rabbi’ is conventionally understood to be the Hebrew translation for teacher. Yet originally rabbis were expounders and interpreters of Judaism. Their role became institutionalised in the Middle Ages through absorbing a necessary teaching function as spiritual heads … Read more

Propaganda and Nationalism in Wartime Russia

Propaganda and Nationalism in Wartime Russia By Shimon Redlich (Columbia University Press, 1982, $26.00) NINETEEN EIGHTY THREE marks the fortieth anniversary of the visit of Solomon Mikhoels and Itsik Fefer to this country. The publication of Shimon Redlich’s book on the saga of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee (JAC) is thus timely and important. In 1943, … Read more

The Memoirs of Shostakovitch

Testimony: The Memoirs of Shostakovitch ed. Solomon Volkov No Travel like Russian Travel: by Nora Beloff For decades, Dmitri Shostakovich was presented as the personification of all that was best in Soviet culture. On his death in 1975. the accolades from the high and mighty cattle cascading down in a torrent of grief. Behind the … Read more

No Jail for Thought

NO JAIL FOR THOUGHT, by Lev Kopelev. 268 pages. (Seeker and Warburg) £6. Lev Kopelev is best known in the west not so much for his own writing but for his friendship in the camps with Alexander Solzhenitsyn. It was Kopelev on whom the great author based the character of the idealistic Jewish Communist Rubin … Read more