Friends and Politics, Part 3: Norman Podhoretz. The neoconservative icon and I weren’t personally close, but we shared a more important bond, over the struggle to defend Israel and American Jewry.
Israel’s leading military ethicist, Moshe Halbertal, argues that in some cases a pre-emptive nuclear strike might be moral while nuclear retaliation might not
The end of the Cold War, argues French writer Marc Weitzmann, was more significant to U.S. foreign policy than the attacks of Sept. 11
Recent right-wing rejections of Einstein’s theory of relativity echo Nazi dismissals of what they called ‘Jewish Physics’
The spy novelist rediscovers Menahem Bader’s Aliyah B book, about the brave men and women who smuggled Jews from prewar Europe to Mandate Palestine
Simon Wiesenthal, painted in a new biography as a fame-seeking myth-maker, is also the man who insisted that the world face up to the Holocaust
But what about their neighbors who freed them?
One the eve of the release of his 11th book, spy novelist Alan Furst reflects on his sources of inspiration and his cerebral and wordly—if not always Jewish—protagonists
A new book examines how the Nazis tailored their message for Arab and Muslim audiences
Anne Frank protector who saved diaries after arrest was 100
We talk to the Palestinian PM, and more
But only some of them, in a multiple-choice poll
Says Iran, plus a new charge against Israel and more in the news
A new play considers the psychology of Holocaust survivors fixed on vengeance
Liberal network responds by blocking Buchanan nonsense
A new book amasses the varied tales of those who fled the Third Reich
A memoir burnishes the reputation of the Operation Valkyrie conspirators
A 1951 novel parses the meaning of home
A young girl’s account of the Warsaw Ghetto was a big success. Then the diary—and its author—disappeared.
David Benioff takes the buddy novel to wartime Leningrad
Two trips to Poland offer very different impressions for the daughter of a Holocaust survivor
In Romain Gary’s family, invention was the necessity of mother and son
In Lore Segal’s fiction, no one is innocent
In her new novel, Tatiana de Rosnay challenges France’s hero complex
In The Lost, Daniel Mendelsohn excavates some unsettling truths about brotherhood, betrayal, and the Book of Genesis.
A new biography of Irène Némirovsky reveals an author less saintly than her current readers might like to believe
In literary London, Elias Canetti was everybody’s favorite refugee