History

Hall of Fame: Robert Peston

August 8, 2011

"My family came over from Eastern Europe in the late 19th century and lived in East London. About ten years ago I stumbled on a synagogue just off Brick Lane.

"It felt like a window on my past."

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On this day: World Scout Day

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

When Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell arranged a camping trip for 22 boys in August 1907, he probably was not expecting the movement to grow to a worldwide institution.

The first camp was held at Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, with Baden-Powell eager to try out the ideas that would later be published as the book Scouting for Boys.

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The waiting is over for tragic family

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

The long-lost relatives of a man stabbed to death 92 years ago have been reunited after a chance sighting of an advert on the JC's weekly email newsletter.

The surprising reunion has its origin in the 1919 murder of garment factory foreman Solomon Franks, by a Russian Jewish worker who had been traumatised in the battlefields of the First World War.

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Strauss-Kahn is modern-day Dreyfus, says Bernard-Henri Lévy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy has compared the attitude towards Dominique Strauss-Kahn to the antisemitism encountered by a Jewish artillery officer in 19th century France.

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Skeletons found in 12th century well

By Robyn Rosen, June 30, 2011

The remains of 17 people, believed to be Jewish and found at the bottom of a 12th century well, may change historians' accounts of past attitudes towards medieval Jews.

The skeletons were originally found in 2004 during work on a new shopping centre in Norwich. Now they have been re-examined for a BBC documentary.

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Jewish skeletons unearthed in medieval well

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

The remains of 17 Jewish people found at the bottom of a medieval well could have been murdered or forced to kill themselves, scientists have suggested.

The skeletons were put into storage after they were discovered in 2004 during an excavation of a site in the centre of Norwich and have only recently been the subject of investigation.

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'There are plenty of us Jewish Aborigines'

By Dan Goldberg, June 23, 2011

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver is not your average Australian Jew. True, she is one of this country's 110,000 or so tribal members, but she is also a member of another tribe - an Aboriginal tribe called the Wiradjuri.

And yet, despite the seeming rarity of an Aboriginal Jew, Professor Jackson Pulver says she is not alone.

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Sir Martin Gilbert accepts an honorary doctorate at BGU

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011
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British historian Sir Martin Gilbert at the Ben-Gurion University ceremony on May 30.

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£20K Shoah grant

June 10, 2011

A Lottery-funded arts project to document Holocaust survivors in Salford is seeking some 50 volunteers to help archive their stories.

The project, by Charedi artist Chava Rosenzweig, has won £20,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to document the lives of residents of Salford's Orthodox Beenstock Care Home.

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Ripper: East End acid murderer driven by Angel lust

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

The case of a Jewish umbrella salesman convicted of murdering a pregnant housewife was revisited this week - 124 years after he was hanged for the crime.

In a heated debate at the Whitechapel Society in Aldgate, just minutes from the site of the murder, a modern-day jury heard the case against Israel Lipski, a near-penniless 22-year-old who had emigrated from Poland in 1885.

On a Tuesday mor

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