British Jewry and the Holocaust

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How did British Jewry respond to the Holocaust, and how prominent was it on the communal agenda? What does this tell us about the values, politics, and fears of the Anglo-Jewish community? This book studies the priorities of that community, as well as the reactions of prominent Jews acting outside any institutional framework, and thereby seeks to analyze the attitudes and philosophies which informed action. The picture Richard Bolchover paints of how Anglo-Jewry framed its response to events in the context of its...
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Overview

How did British Jewry respond to the Holocaust, and how prominent was it on the communal agenda? What does this tell us about the values, politics, and fears of the Anglo-Jewish community? This book studies the priorities of that community, as well as the reactions of prominent Jews acting outside any institutional framework, and thereby seeks to analyze the attitudes and philosophies which informed action. The picture Richard Bolchover paints of how Anglo-Jewry framed its response to events in the context of its perceptions of British society may be seen as having contemporary relevance with regard to the structures, priorities, and perceptions of ethnic communities more generally.
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"A comprehensive though succinct work." The Canadian Jewish News

"Bolchover joins an interesting and active generation of scholars who have been revising the whig interpretation of Jewish history as the story of the triumph of liberalism and toleration. ... Bolchover is a sohisticated analyst." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521432344
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Knowing and Believing; Part II. The Institutions: Introduction: The Anglo-Jewish Community; 1. Communal priorities; 2. The institutional response to the Holocaust; Part III. The Ideologies: Introduction: social and political philosophies; 3. The politics of hope; 4. The politics of fear; 5. The Jewish fighting model; Conclusion

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