History

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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Nazis had barking mad talking dog plan

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

The Nazis hoped to develop an army of talking canines, according to an academic at Cardiff University who has written a book on the subject.

Dr Jan Bondeson claims that the Nazis believed dogs possessed almost human intelligence and created a "school" to develop their communication skills. Adolf Hitler and other senior officials were known for their love of dogs.

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Austrian Jews fight Israel over community history

By Jennifer Lipman, May 20, 2011

Members of the Austrian Jewish community have begun legal action against a Jerusalem archive over a collection of documents about Viennese Jewry.

Before the Holocaust Vienna was home to a thriving Jewish population, but the Nazis murdered an estimated 65,000 Austrian Jews.

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Paper brings Einstein's arrival in UK to life

By Robyn Rosen, May 10, 2011

Albert Einstein's original landing card from his journey following his escape from Nazi Germany has been discovered among hundreds of immigration documents at Heathrow Airport.

The papers, which document Einstein's journey from Belgium to Dover on May 26 1933, was found by museum curators as they sifted through the airport's archives to collect material for a new exhibition.

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On this day: The Titanic hits an iceberg

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2011

Perhaps the most famous ocean wreckage in history, 99 years after it left Southampton its name still warns of the follies of poor disaster planning.

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Arts fellowship for historian Geoffrey Alderman

By Jennifer Lipman, April 8, 2011

Geoffrey Alderman has been elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts

The academic and writer Geoffrey Alderman has been elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Professor Alderman, who lectures on history and politics at the University of Buckingham, first became an RSA fellow in 1991, when he joined the ranks of people ranging from Karl Marx to Nelson Mandela.

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Israeli history men lock hornsc

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 4, 2011

This week, I tell the tale of two historians. Professor Ilan Pappe holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford. Professor Benny Morris holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Morris currently teaches at Ben-Gurion University, Beersheva. Pappe used to teach at Haifa University but five years ago managed to arrange a transfer to the University of Exeter.

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Plot to kill the wartime Foreign Secretary revealed

By Bernard Josephs, April 4, 2011

It was a particularly difficult moment for Major James Robertson, head of MI5's Middle East section, when Ernest Bevin decided, in 1946, to pay a visit to Egypt.

As if that year's blowing up of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem by Jewish insurgents had not been enough, his desk was littered with agents' reports, all carrying the same deadly message.

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