History

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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On this day: The Alhambra Decree

By Jennifer Lipman, March 31, 2011

The Spanish Inquisition, when the Catholic ruling couple Ferdinand and Isabella waged their murderous campaign against the Jews of Spain and then Portugal, was one of the darkest periods in European history.

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Gandhi had Jewish architect lover, claims biographer

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2011

A biographer of Mahatma Gandhi has claimed that the hero of Indian independence had a male Jewish partner who almost caused the break-up of his marriage.

In his book, Great Soul, former New York Times executive editor Joseph Lelyveld said Gandhi met German Jewish architect Hermann Kallenbach in 1908.

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Africa's Jewish apartheid fighters honoured with stamp set

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2011

The “extraordinary” efforts of Jewish heroes of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa have been honoured by three African countries.

Liberia, Sierra Leone and Gambia have issued three sets of special commemorative stamps to mark the contribution of figures including Helen Suzman, Eli Weinberg and Ronald Segal.

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