Book Review - Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of Flags by Tim Marshall

By Lawrence Joffe, October 14, 2016

Strange how a mere piece of cloth can evoke such fierce emotion. Just think of the nun’s veil, Jewish tallit, Palestinian keffiyah, Muslim hijab or, more prosaically, an Arsenal scarf. Nothing, however, stirs passion quite like flags. For many, they do indeed seem to be worth dying for, as the title of Tim Marshall’s book affirms.


Treasures from 2,000 years to go on display

By Lianne Kolirin, October 6, 2016

A 15th-century map of the Holy Land and a bound volume of the first copies of the JC are to go on sale as part of a major new exhibition of Judaica.

Due to open in central London next month, 2000 Years of Jewish Culture is the fulfilment of a long-held dream of collector Bernard Shapero, founder and CEO of Shapero Rare Books.


Spy network unearthed in Kenton

By Cathy Forman, September 22, 2016

Kenton Synagogue ladies guild held a luncheon with guest of honour,historian and authoress Helen Fry. Co-chair Lynn Stock welcomed the 100-plus guests to enjoy a delicious meal before introducing Dr Fry whose talk was entitled “Spying on Hitler’s Army”.


Holocaust history claims £4,000 JQ Wingate book prize

By Charlotte Oliver, March 14, 2016

An 863-page history of the Nazi concentration camps has won this year’s prestigious JQ-Wingate Literary Prize.

Nikolaus Wachsmann won the honour for his sweeping study KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps.


Bangor's jewel in its crown

November 4, 2015

Thirty people enjoyed a walking tour of Bangor’s Jewish history to mark the European Day of Jewish Culture 2015.


Family matters: genealogy get together

November 2, 2015

More than 80 genealogists attended the 22nd annual conference of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain at The Jewish Museum in Camden, north London.


David Cesarani: An intellectual giant of his time

By Bernard Wasserstein, October 28, 2015

The great Jewish historians have generally been blessed with long lives. Salo Baron died at the age of 94; Simon Dubnow (at the hands of the Nazis) at 81; Gershom Scholem at 84. So shock at the death of David Cesarani is compounded by his comparative youth: he was just 58.


Imperial War Museum says sorry for branding Jewish fighters against the Nazis ‘terrorists’

By Sandy Rashty, September 22, 2015

The Imperial War Museum has apologised for posting an image that described Jewish soldiers who fought the Nazis during the Second World War as “terrorists”.

The Museum said it was sorry after a representative “accidentally” uploaded the image of the fighters to its website with the caption: “Terrorist activities: Men of the First Battalion Jewish Brigade during a march past.”


New UCL collection of Jewish pamphlets catalogues history of Jews in Britain

By Colin Shindler, August 27, 2015

In one pamphlet, the Sephardim of Bevis Marks express their relief in a special prayer that Queen Victoria had survived an assassination attempt at Constitution Hill in June 1840.

Another is a declaration of fealty to the crown by the Portsmouth Jewish community when King George III visited the town in June 1773.


The Jewish Legion marches on in Liverpool

July 22, 2015

Ajex Military Museum archivist Martin Sugarman addressed a Liverpool Jewish History Society meeting on "The 1918 march of the Jewish Legion". He described the formation of the 38th and 39th Companies from Jewish members of the King's Fusiliers, who fought in Palestine during the First World War.