Literature

Why I had to expose the 'secret' of Hitler

By Emma Craigie, May 8, 2015

When the Russian tanks entered the centre of Berlin on April 29 1945, a 26-year-old Jewish woman was travelling in a jeep ahead of the troops. Elena Rzhevskaya was a military interpreter for Russia's 3rd Shock Army. She worked for SMERSH, the Soviet counter-intelligence agency, whose name is an acronym of the Russian for "death to spies".

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Jemma Wayne longlisted for £30,000 Baileys fiction prize

By JC Reporter, March 10, 2015

Jemma Wayne has been longlisted for the £30,000 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel After Before.

Ms Wayne joins 19 other writers, including Sarah Waters, Rachel Cusk and Anne Tyler.

She said she was “thrilled.

“It’s a real honour to be in such great company."

Her book is about three women facing profound challenges in their lives.

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Authors from across the globe compete on JQ-Wingate prize shortlist

By Josh Jackman, January 13, 2015

The nominees for this year’s prestigious JQ-Wingate literary prize come from all over the globe, with authors from four continents competing on the shortlist, announced today.

Famous literary figures such as Simon Schama and Ari Shavit, as well as controversial anti-Zionist Ilan Pappé, fell by the wayside as the longlist was cut down from 15 to seven.

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Towering Babel

By David Herman, December 19, 2014

Isaac Babel’s short-story collection, Red Cavalry, was first published in 1926. The stories describe Babel’s experience of fighting with the Cossacks against the Poles in the Russo-Polish war (1919-20), one of the most violent conflicts of the early 20th century. Babel was in his mid-20s, Jewish, bald, bespectacled and far from being a born warrior.

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Expansive in life and literature

By Sipora Levy, November 21, 2014

Though a prolific and popular writer in her time, Naomi Jacob’s work has been somewhat neglected in recent years.

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Writer of Dreyfus novel wins thriller prize

By Naomi Firsht, October 27, 2014

Robert Harris won the prize for best thriller of the year with his novel An Officer and a Spy depicting the Dreyfus Affair.

Mr Harris was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best thriller last weekend at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

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Shlomo Sand accused of hypocrisy over his rejection of being Jewish

By Josh Jackman, October 15, 2014

A controversial Israeli historian has faced accusations that he is being hypocritical in rejecting his Jewishness.

Professor Shlomo Sand says he no longer regards himself as Jewish.

But at a packed meeting in London, he was challenged over why he had not rejected his Israeli citizenship too.

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No second Man Booker Prize for Howard Jacobson

By JC Reporter, October 15, 2014

Howard Jacobson failed to become a two-time Man Booker Prize as the prestigious literary accolade was awarded to Australian writer Richard Flanagan.

Mr Jacobson’s novel J was one of six nominated for the prize, which was announced on Tuesday evening.

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Patrick Modiano, French novelist who wrote about Jews, wins Nobel Prize

By JC Reporter, October 10, 2014

Acclaimed French writer Patrick Modiano has won the Nobel Prize for literature.

He was described by the Nobel committee as a modern-day Marcel Proust.

Mr Modiano, who was born in Paris at the end of the Second World War, is known for chronicling the life in the city under Nazi occupation.

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Poet Dannie Abse dies

By Naomi Firsht, September 29, 2014

The Welsh, Jewish poet Dannie Abse has died aged 91.

During a successful literary career that began in the 1940s, Mr Abse won a number of awards, while also practising medicine as a chest specialist.

Mr Abse died on September 28, surrounded by family, following a short illness.

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