Beginning in the 1960s, British children's literature began to include sympathetic representations of people from outside the dominant culture. Greater numbers of Jewish characters appeared as part of this trend. In the succeeding decades, the British publishing industry has continued to encourage cultural sensitivity in children's books, but this article argues that, despite this, in the twenty-first century constructions of Jews and Judaism increasingly resemble the stereotypical images common in works from previous eras. The paper goes on to contend that although these stereotypes were acknowledged and challenged in historical fiction for children of the 1960s and 1970s in order to promote tolerance, authorial intent in employing such images in more recent historical novels is often unclear, and as a result the texts convey ambivalent messages to today's young readers about the place of Jews in British society.
'Heritage Anti-Semitism' in Modern Times?
Representations of Jews and Judaism in Twenty-First-Century British Historical Fiction for Children
The Jewish Cemetery of Salonika in the Crossroads of Urban Modernisation and Anti-Semitism
In August 1946, the Board of Deputies of British Jews received a report about the situation of the Jewish cemetery of Salonika, the city which only three years ago had witnessed the destruction by the Germans of one of the most glorious Jewish communities of the Balkans. This detailed report aimed at summoning support for the protection of what was left of the ancient Jewish burial ground.
‘Good Jew, Bad Jew’
Racism, Anti-Semitism and the Assault on Meaning (An Interview with Steven Friedman)
Steven Friedman and Laurence Piper
In this interview, conducted in December 2023, we speak to leading South African political analyst Steven Friedman about his latest book, Good Jew, Bad Jew: Racism, Anti-Semitism and the Assault on Meaning. 1 Steven Friedman is a South African
Jewish Identity Politics and the Scarf Affairs in France
Judith E. Vichniac
Much has been written about the scarf affairs in France and the subsequent legislation banning large religious symbols from the classroom. Less has been written about the major religious leaderships' responses from 1989 when the first affair took place until the debates surrounding the Stasi Commission in 2003. This article traces the evolution of their thinking with special emphasis on the splits within the Jewish leadership within the context of a rise of anti-Semitic acts.
From Souvenirs obscurs to Lieu de mémoire
Pierre Goldman was born to Jewish resisters in France in June 1944 and lived with the inability to match his parents' achievements during the war. Although a secondary figure in soixante-huitard movements, his trials for murder in the early 1970s made him a central figure in post-soixante-huitard activists' reflections on their situation. This essay examines Goldman's sui generis efforts to establish his identity as a resister and a Jew, his central role in his generation's attempts to define their relationship to the society they wished to change, and his place in the succeeding generation's efforts to differentiate themselves from the generation of their parents, Goldman's generation.
Apology and the Past in Contemporary France
In societies coming to terms with historical injustices, public apology has recently emerged as a potent trend. This is particularly true of France, where the state served as a catalyst for a wave of public apologies for acts of intolerance committed during the Second World War. Following Jacques Chirac's 1995 official apology for Vichy's anti-Semitic policies, various groups in civil society publicly atoned for their particular Vichy roles in discrimination against Jews: the medical profession, the law bar, the Catholic Church, and the police. How does public apology, as distinct from court trials, historical commissions, and reparations, affect contemporary France's reconciliation with its past? This article also analyzes how apologizing for Vichy has created demand for an official French apology for the Algerian War. By 2006, the politics of memory in French society decidedly shifted attention from Vichy to post-colonialism: in both cases, the apology turn imposes new dynamics of remembering and forgetting.
Sinophobia, American Imperialism, Disorder Without Responsibility
anti-Semitism can elucidate American imperial behavior both with regards to China and other developing nations. Part 1: The Beginning of American Imperialism: American Open Door Policy in China Before moving into the analysis of the structure of
Post-War Progressive Judaism in Europe
associations that can address more broadly pressing problems of contemporary Jewish identity and inclusiveness and the need for mutual support in the face of growing anti-Semitism, as well as contributing a distinctive Jewish voice to wider society issues
The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable
Commission for Religious Relationships with the Jews
, to outline the document, introducing it with a sketch of the background that made it necessary, namely the institutional anti-Semitism of the Christian centuries, and ending with a brief discussion of the point that seem to me most important and
Progressive Judaism in France
the United Kingdom. 19 One of the major factors provoking this surge in emigration is anti-Semitism. Jews are regular victims of bias, hate, threats and physical attacks. During the ‘ Jour de colère ’ in January 2014, shouts of ‘death to the Jews