History

Winner in the eccentricity race

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 5, 2013

I was saddened to learn of the death of Michael Winner, whose passing formed the subject of retrospectives throughout the media. I never knew him personally. I found his films vulgar and second-rate - though most were box-office successes. I had little enthusiasm for his claim to be a connoisseur of non-kosher foods and of the restaurants that served them.

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A poignant musical emigration

By James Inverne, January 28, 2013

The news this week that Valery Gergiev, arguably the most powerful conductor in the classical-music world, is to leave the London Symphony Orchestra, has sent shock-waves through the British capital's chattering classes.

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Site of Penzance synagogue saved from sale

By Anna Sheinman, January 24, 2013

The threatened sale of the site of the historic synagogue in Penzance, Cornwall will not go ahead after a decision by the local council.

Market Jew Street in Penzance is home to the crumbled remains of what used to be the centre of a thriving Jewish community.

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The children doomed by British inaction

By Fred Barschak, January 11, 2013

"The greatest tragedies are those that were wholly avoidable." In an era replete with events that fall within those parameters, none fits the above definition more than the fate of the children of Pithiviers and Beaune-La-Rolande in the summer of 1942.

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British Jew who fought Franco in Spain mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, December 24, 2012

The man believed to be the last surviving Briton to fight against General Franco in the Spanish Civil War has died at the age of 94.

David Lomon, who changed his surname from Solomon, was one of up to 800 Jewish soldiers who volunteered to fight the fascist leader in the 1930s.

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His People

By Jenni Frazer, November 16, 2012

Edward Sloman's delicious 1925 morality tale, made for Universal Studios, is a silent movie of the kind that must have launched the phrase "they don't make them like that any more." Rudolph Schildkraut, a renowned actor who had his own Jewish theatre in the Bronx, plays David Cominsky, a Jewish pedlar with a reverence for learning and not much ability to make money.

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Ordinary people in hell

By David Cesarani, October 18, 2012

British military historians are in the vanguard of a genre that has been given new life. Today, it is as much about the routine experience of servicemen and women as it is about strategy and tactics. Nazi ideology and the fate of the Jews is integrated into the narrative and informs analysis of decisions made at the highest to the lowest levels.

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If Miliband wills it, is it a dream?

By Rebecca Abrams, October 11, 2012

There are plenty of Jews in the upper echelons of the Conservative party but none of them were tempted this week to follow Ed Miliband's example and share their family histories with the nation. I was hoping we might get into a "my roots are better than your roots" contest, but it was not to be.

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When Thatcher turned against Israel

By Azriel Bermant, October 5, 2012

Last month saw the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, an appalling event that proved deeply damaging to Israel's international reputation at the height of the Lebanon War. It is worth reflecting that Britain's relationship with Israel is in far better shape now than it was then.

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Eric Hobsbawm: A man trapped by theory

By Colin Shindler, October 4, 2012

In 1940, Eric Hobsbawm, a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, characterised the war against Hitler as one of rival imperialisms between the Allies and Nazism and not as an anti-fascist struggle.

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