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Amotz Giladi

Israeli poet Yonatan Ratosh was the leader of the Young Hebrews, a nationalist group active from the 1940s to the 1970s. Despite his opposition to Zionism and his aspiration to revive the ancient Hebrews’ premonotheistic civilization, Ratosh shared Zionism’s ambition to elaborate a new Israeli identity. One prominent act of this mission involved enlarging the literary corpus in Hebrew through translation. Although initially a means of income, for Ratosh translation increasingly came to be a way to express his ideological position and his self-image as an intellectual. Thus, Ratosh provides an example of how developing a national identity can coincide with appropriating foreign literature. With his regular exhortations that Hebrew readers attain knowledge of foreign cultures, Ratosh did not intend to promote cosmopolitanism. Rather, he considered these endeavors as ultimately reinforcing a “Hebrew” identity.

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Menachem Begin’s World Travels in the 1950s

A Road to Political Legitimacy

Ofira Gruweis-Kovalsky

Security Service, a legacy of his battle against the Mandate before independence. In this article, I analyze Begin’s attitude toward the Jewish Diaspora, based on documented evidence from his tours in the 1950s, and investigate what he sought to achieve

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Martin Dean, Robbing the Jews: The Confiscation of Jewish Property in the Holocaust, 1933-1945 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Reviewed by Jürgen Lillteicher 78

George Last, After the ‘Socialist Spring’: Collectivisation and Economic Transformation in the GDR (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2009)

Reviewed by Katja M. Guenther

Anton Kaes, Shell Shock Cinema: Weimar Culture and the Wounds of War. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009).

Reviewed by Larson Powell

Y. Michal Bodemann, ed., The New German Jewry and the European Context: The Return of the European Jewish Diaspora (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

Reviewed by Miriam Intrator

Noah Isenberg, ed., Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008)

Reviewed by Ofer Ashkenazi

Anika Leithner, Shaping German Foreign Policy. History, Memory, and National Interest (Boulder and London: First Forum Press, 2009)

Reviewed by Helge F. Jani

David Bloxham, The Final Solution: A Genocide. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009)

Reviewed by Jutta A. Helm

Joyce Marie Mushaben, The Changing Face of Citizenship: Integration and Mobilization among Ethnic Minorities in Germany (New York: Berghahn Books, 2008)

Reviewed by Randall Hansen

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Placing Time

The Diasporic Journey to Beulah

Brian Klug

Jerusalem is a port city on the shore of eternity. —Yehuda Amichai Preamble There are three different concepts of a Jewish diaspora. One is centred on Israel – both the land and the state – and comprises all Israelis who live abroad. This is a

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Klaus Oschema, Mette Thunø, Evan Kuehn, and Blake Ewing

is related to diaspora as continuity and lost territory (epitomized by the Jewish Diaspora), part 2 relates to diaspora as discontinuity and hybridity without territorial linkages (Black/African Diaspora), and part 3 focuses on the most recent

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Ben Herzog

/Palestine ( Gavison 2010 ) and for the symbolic ties between Israel and the Jewish Diaspora ( Hacohen 1998 ). As articulated by David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, during Knesset debates: “The Law of Return is one of the State of Israel’s basic laws. It

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Kobi Peled, Thomas Mitchell, Kenneth Waltzer, Brent E. Sasley, Hillel Cohen, and Laura Zittrain Eisenberg

University Ilan Zvi Baron , Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015), 312 pp., $120.00 (hardback). All of us should be leery by now of the contests within Diaspora Jewry over what

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Michael Miller, Paul V. Dutton, and Laura Hobson Faure

center of the Jewish diaspora. American Jewish institutions embraced this new role, expanding their archival collections (and fueling Szajkowski’s sales). At the same time, the Jews of France were not indifferent to their archives: they established the

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Considerations on the Assassination of William Shakespeare

Richard Wilson

English. Had those waters not moved, they would have grown stagnant, and that dammed-up current would have given birth to an infinitely lesser Shakespeare. Instead, the waters of southern Europe were carried northward by the ‘conduit pipes’ of the Jewish

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Tair Karazi-Presler, Moti Gigi, Luis Roniger, Yossi Harpaz, Oded Adomi Leshem, Meir Elran, Dany Bahar, and Yuval Benziman

overview of discussions and controversies around the complexities of Israeli society, its institutional matrices and multiple identities. The global context includes the Jewish Diaspora and the Arab world, as well as the transformations and discontinuities