Saving Denmark’s Jews: Seventy Five Years On

75 years ago, Hitler sent a message to his representative in Copenhagen instructing him to rid Denmark of its 8,000-strong Jewish community. “The Jewish Campaign” was scheduled to begin on Rosh Hashanah 5704 — 1 October 1943. Danish Jews would be rounded up, incarcerated and “deported to the East”. Danish resistance to the German occupation … Read more

Simon Schama’s Belonging: A History of the Jews 1492-1900

Review of Simon Schama’s Belonging: A History of the Jews 1492-1900 Published by the Bodley Head, 800pp, £25   Simon Schama is a teller ofhistorical tales par excellence. As a professor of art  history, the long and multilayered history of the Jews lends itself to his expertise. He captures vignettes of forgotten events and paints a … Read more

In Search of Israel

Review of In Search of Israel: The History of an Idea  by Michael Brenner, published by Princeton University Press, pp. 372   The renowned sociologist, Zygmunt Bauman, a refugee from the anti-Semitic campaign in Communist Poland during the 1960s and subsequently a professor at the University of Leeds, popularised the term ‘allosemitism’. It depicted the ‘otherness’ … Read more

One Family’s Fight against Fascism

In this well-researched and insightful book, British biographer Caroline Moorehead traces the transition of Italy’s pre-1914 liberalism to Mussolini’s Fascist utopia through the beliefs and actions of the Rosselli family and its matriarch, Amelia Pincherle. A Bold and Dangerous Family: One Family’s Fight against Italian Fascism, tells the story of a family who was proud … Read more

Jews and Leftist Politics

Review of Jews and Leftist Politics: Judaism, Israel, Anti-Semitism and Gender ed. Jack Jacobs (Cambridge 2017) pp.374 This important book is based on an international conference on Jews and the Left held in New York in 2012. As the subtitle denotes, the chapters explore questions of religion, Zionism, anti-Semitism, Marxism and Soviet Communism and contain some remarkable … Read more

Jewish Coins

The root for “coin” in Hebrew, tevah, is the same as that of the “nature” of a human being. Just as God stamped an individuality on a person, so an ancient moneyer hammered a die on to a circle of silver. Coinage was also a form of propaganda for those in authority and conveyed often … Read more