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.


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.


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.


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.


Hobsbawm the Marxist historian dies, aged 95

By Anna Sheinman, October 4, 2012

The eminent Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm died of pneumonia in the early hours of Monday morning at the Royal Free Hospital, aged 95.


Who will save Alexandria's Jewish property?

By Anna Sheinman, September 27, 2012

Ben Youssef Gaon is the last Jewish man in Alexandria. As the president of the Jewish community in the city, he controls huge swathes of property, including synagogues, cemeteries and commercial and residential properties, all administered by a large team of Egyptians.


The medieval Jewish poet who preceded Chaucer

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2012

Rare poems documenting the persecution of Norwich's medieval Jewish community, in the period preceding the expulsion from England in 1290, are being given a new lease of life thanks to the work of a dedicated group of residents.


J S Bach, the misunderstood musician

By David Conway, September 3, 2012

The year 2012 is unlikely to go down well in the annals of Jewish-German relations.

In June, a German court ruled that religious circumcision of minors is a criminal act. Two months earlier, Germany's largest-selling daily broadsheet had published a poem by Nobel prize-winning author - and former SS recruit - Günter Grass, accusing Israel of endangering world peace.


Photo archive allows virtual tour of Leeds cemetery

August 9, 2012

Relatives of people buried at the Leeds Hill Top cemeteries can now visit their graves online as the result of a photographic archive.

As the name implies, the cemetery — containing the burial grounds of a number of synagogues past and present — has a high location, above a labyrinth of mining tunnels and shafts.


'Enemies' who fell in love with their adopted country

By Helen Fry, August 9, 2012

The issue of "enemy aliens" and identity raises some unique and often unexplored perspectives. At the outbreak of war in September 1939, the refugees who had fled Nazi Germany and Austria were classified as "enemy aliens" and, as such, had a number of restrictions imposed upon them by the British authorities.