Farhud: a slaughter in Iraq

By Lyn Julius, May 31, 2011

There was a frenzied banging on the front door. When my mother answered it, she recognised her aunt's Jewish cook, ashen-faced, pleading to be let in: "I was on a bus, and the Muslims were pulling the Jewish passengers out and killing them. I said I was a Christian." A month earlier, pro-Nazi officers led by Rashid Ali al-Ghailani, had staged a successful coup in Iraq.


Helen Shapiro and me

By David Robson, May 31, 2011

As an event in Jewish history, it doesn't quite rank with the crossing of the Red Sea, and maybe not even with the triumph of the Maccabees, but it was one of the very few occasions when we are all summoned to share in a moment of ethnic glory. I was at my Jewish boarding school and, wonder of wonders, Helen Shapiro, a 14-year-old girl from Bethnal Green, had a record in the "hit parade".


Truly, the only way is ethics

By Lorraine Spector, May 31, 2011

How do you set moral standards without being judgmental? The findings of a survey of the ethical values and attitudes of 10,000 teenagers across England and Wales makes sobering reading. A quarter of those questioned in the Should Ethics Be Taught? survey thought it was acceptable to cheat in exams or dodge fares; one in nine believe that there is nothing wrong with shoplifting.


Conquest of our despair over Israel is now vital

By Adam Ognall, May 26, 2011

Three weeks after Israel's 63rd birthday celebrations, it is becoming clear that this year is likely to be as significant as any in the country's history.

The challenges and uncertainties thrown up by the upheavals across the region, on its borders and within Israel itself, present a complex, frustrating picture.


Signs and wonders on the M1

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, May 20, 2011

I am currently appearing in a play out of town. This is something I have not felt able to do since the birth of the beloved daughter as, like Chicken Likken, fearing the sky will cave in at any moment, I have fretted that taking a prolonged working leave of absence from Maison Oberman will result in untold catastrophes.


Israel's survivors need us now

By Matthew Gould, May 20, 2011

M y grandfather did not talk much about what happened to his family when the Nazis occupied Warsaw, but we knew there were 10 Goldkorn brothers and sisters before the War, and only three afterwards. He never stopped grieving for those who were killed, for their families and their children.


Cult that corrodes a capital

By Mordechai Beck, May 20, 2011

Further evidence of a Charedi intrusion into mainstream Israeli life emerged last week when "Superdox" members of Jerusalem's city council proposed a ban on the capital's forthcoming opera festival, scheduled for next month.


How Eichmann trial led to Demjanjuk verdict

By David Cesarani, May 19, 2011

The verdict in the Demjanjuk trial has been hailed as the last of the Nazi-era. Less attention has been given to the judicial innovations that characterised the proceedings. In fact, the hearings in Munich represented a break with the tradition established at Nuremberg and previous trials in Germany.


Offensive, yes, but worth it

By John Nathan, May 18, 2011

Another season, another Shylock. This month the Royal Shakespeare Company once again revives Shakespeare's Jew play. Theatre companies tend not to do a great deal of soul searching about the offence that is guaranteed to be caused to Jews by staging The Merchant of Venice.


Ding Dong - it's that time again

By Simon Round, May 18, 2011

Do you know who won the FA Cup and the Eurovision Song Contest last year? Without Googling?

Before you whip out your laptops, let me tell you that the victors were, in no particular order, Lena from Germany with Satellite and Chelsea, who beat Portsmouth 1-0.