History

How do we want our views to be remembered in 100 years?

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2013

They "assert these things with a violence bordering on mental aberration," complained one aggrieved gentleman in a letter to this newspaper a century ago. "Things are implied, all of which are the last word in absurdity to the really Jewish imagination."

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How Jamaican Jews and teenage photographers marked the Queen's coronation

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2013

The ambassador of the fledgling state of Israel and Jewish dignitaries from Canada, Australia, Rhodesia and even Jamaica were at Westminster Abbey 60 years ago this week to watch Princess Elizabeth be crowned queen.

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How Jewish suffragettes helped force a radical shift in British politics

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2013

When Emily Davison was trampled to death by the king’s horse at Epsom on June 4 1913, the JC recorded the death of a “militant suffragette”.

A century later, Davison remains perhaps the most famous figure in the fight for women’s votes. But across Britain, Jewish women and men were playing a crucial role in the movement.

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Two men in Nazi uniform ejected from Lancashire heritage event

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 30, 2013

Two men wearing Nazi uniform were ejected from a wartime-themed bank holiday event after organisers pledged to crack down on displays of Nazi regalia.

East Lancashire Railway (ELR) had barred enthusiasts attending its annual 1940s family fun day from wearing Germany military costume after complaints from Holocaust survivors and MPs.

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World’s oldest Torah found - in a library

By Sandy Rashty and Anna Sheinman, May 29, 2013

An Italian university has found the world’s oldest complete Sefer Torah — in its library.

The sheepskin manuscript (below), which could be over 800 years old, has been held in the library of the University of Bologna for over 100 years.

It had previously been examined by an academic at the university in 1889, who mistakenly labelled it as a 17th century text.

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Foreign Office fears for Palestine prompted by intercepted Ben-Gurion papers

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2013

Foreign Office hopes that a resolution to the situation in Palestine could be delayed until after the war were shattered in 1941 after they intercepted the private papers of David Ben-Gurion detailing Zionist objectives and his discussions with Anglo-Jewish leaders.

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Chagall exhibition to open at Tate Liverpool

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2013

An exhibition dedicated to the career of Russian-Jewish artist Marc Chagall is to open in Liverpool next month.

Fifteen years after the last major retrospective of his work in the UK, and 27 years after his death at the age of 97, Tate Liverpool is to remind art-lovers of the modernist painter's genius.

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Poem by celebrated Victorian feminist sold at auction

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2013

One of the final writings of a Victorian Jew who Oscar Wilde praised as a "girl of genius" has been auctioned for £3,500.

The poem by Amy Levy, At Dawn, was sold at Bonhams on Wednesday for £500 more than anticipated.

Written around 1889, shortly before Levy's suicide, it is the first time any of her work had been made for sale.

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Dickens’s Jew — from evil to delightful

By Charles Drazin, May 3, 2013

When David Lean directed Oliver Twist 65 years ago, the character of Fagin had already been long established as a popular villain. There was the serialisation and subsequent editions of Charles Dickens's novel, while the celebrated actor-manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree played the part in a successful stage version in 1905. And there had been many film adaptations.

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British warned of 'bitterness' over handling of the Exodus ship

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

The High Commissioner to Palestine warned officials in London that the "bitterness evoked" by events on board the SS Exodus in 1947 should not be underestimated.

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