What kind of Zionist was Gershom Scholem?
A new memoir by the grandson of a Russian bibliophile is also a great intellectual history of the 20th century
Long-gone writer is introduced to new readers with the help of graphic art
Two new important histories look at Hitler’s fascination with Islam and Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey
In Slavko Goldstein’s newly translated ‘1941,’ Nazi-backed fascists tear through the Balkans. Yugoslavia never recovered.
A tour of the cemeteries maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission reveals oases of calm—but few living visitors
The Holocaust destroyed Plock’s Jewish community. But the exodus started decades earlier, after World War I.
On Veterans Day, I remember my grandfather, who fought in World War I as a Jew and an American
Why I published Friderike Burger’s memoir of her service as femme de l’artiste to Stefan Zweig
The German Jewish writer Joseph Roth, whose letters are newly translated, chronicled the death of 19th century Europe and the rise of its darker heir
A lost German passport—and tenuous ties to citizenship—cause a bureaucratic nightmare and a revelation about place and belonging
Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of War Horse saps the imaginative power of the play in favor of sentimentality
A Tunisia-born Jew and French officer who fought the Berbers in Algeria pioneered the counterinsurgency warfare still used in Iraq and Afghanistan
The Spanish writer Jorge Semprún, who died in June, survived Buchenwald and had a love-hate relationship with Communism in postwar Europe. A longtime friend remembers his star power and derring-do.
Rosa Luxemburg was a Marxist activist in early 20th-century Berlin, murdered by her political enemies after World War I. She’s the topic of the debut edition of “Long Story Short,” a new podcast on people and ideas in Jewish life.
Recent right-wing rejections of Einstein’s theory of relativity echo Nazi dismissals of what they called ‘Jewish Physics’
It’s time for Israel to rethink its rejection of the Armenian Genocide
But only some of them, in a multiple-choice poll
Grigoris Balakian was the Primo Levi of the Armenian Genocide. Ninety years later, his memoir is published in English.
The short, tragic life of English poet Isaac Rosenberg
Journalist Amy Dockser Marcus talks with Sara Ivry about the the rival interests that energized the city a century ago
A novelist brings to life a shameful episode in American history