Koch Papers: My Fight against Anti-Semitism

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For more than three decades, Ed Koch has been one of America's most interesting and outspoken political figures. In this provocative new book, Koch with Rafael Medoff guides readers through the major battles in his life-long fight against anti-Semitism. Interviews, speeches, new essays, never-before published personal correspondence, and more highlight his leadership—on campuses, in the media, on the streets of New York City, and in the halls of power in Washington, DC. The book also features personal letters ...

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Overview

For more than three decades, Ed Koch has been one of America's most interesting and outspoken political figures. In this provocative new book, Koch with Rafael Medoff guides readers through the major battles in his life-long fight against anti-Semitism. Interviews, speeches, new essays, never-before published personal correspondence, and more highlight his leadership—on campuses, in the media, on the streets of New York City, and in the halls of power in Washington, DC. The book also features personal letters from Henry Louis Gates, former President George Bush, and other prominent figures. Koch will reveal startling information for the first time here, and his writings are controversial, piercing, teasing, and questioning. This book will ignite discussion for years to come

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for The Koch Papers:

"Vintage Koch: provocative, fervent, controversial, opinionated." —The Jewish Book Review

"The hallmark of Koch’s approach to this issue, as his book demonstrates, is a determination to confront bigotry—with steadfastness and an insistent sense of urgency." —Forward.com

"In his typical style, Ed Koch is both direct and thought provoking. ...The Koch Papers...should be at the top of the list of anyone interested in the broad subjects of race relations, urban populations, government, and local politics."—Senator Charles E. Schumer

"Ed Koch's book on anti-Semitism displays one more time the extraordinary determination of a man who seeks to do something to affect public life. His commitment to fighting anti-Semitism is grounded in obvious and fine instincts. But what he does in this volume is point out instance after instance in which a casual association with anti-Semitism, or failure to prosecute its display, weakens the central animus."—William F. Buckley, Jr., author of In Search of Anti-Semitism

Praise for Koch's I'm Not Done Yet:

"Direct exposure to the inner life of Ed Koch, in all its intricate, appalling, hilarious, entertaining, outrageous self-involvement."—The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230601024
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward I. Koch served as Mayor of New York City from 1978-1989 and as a US Representative from 1969-1977. He led the US Delegation to the 2004 Berlin Conference on Anti-Semitism. In 2005, he was appointed by President Bush to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He is a talk-show host and radio commentator for Ed Koch: The Voice of Reason, and writes weekly commentaries for New York Press. He has written eight books on politics and two children’s books. He lives in New York City.

Dr. Rafael Medoff is Founding Director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies. He is the author of seven books and numerous essays about American Jewish history, Zionism, and the Holocaust. He has taught at Ohio State University, Purchase College of SUNY, and elsewhere.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Preface     xi
Confronting Anti-Semitism in New York City     1
The Problem of Black Anti-Semitism     2
Black-Jewish Tensions in Brooklyn: Reverend Sam's Outburst     8
Taking Black Anti-Semitism Seriously     12
Facing the Reality of Black Anti-Semitism     16
The "Black-Jewish Coalition"     17
Making Anti-Semitism a Social Disgrace     25
Inviting Farrakhan     27
The NAACP and the Problem of Black Anti-Semitism     31
Spike Lee and the Jews     35
Charles Rangel and the Jews     38
When Prominent Blacks Engage in Overt Racism     41
A Bigot Is a Bigot, No Matter What the Color of His Skin     43
The Leonard Jeffries Case: Two Exchanges     46
Silence in the Face of a Pogrom     54
Dinkins Should Take Responsibility for His Crown Heights Failures     56
The Crown Heights Pogrom: Ten Years After     58
Black-Jewish Relations: Looking Ahead     60
Confronting Anti-Semitism in the United States and Abroad     65
Let My People Go     68
Make a Difference     72
Watch What the Soviets Do, Not What They Say     76
From the Ashes of the Holocaust     79
Whether Soweto or Siberia     81
A Message for All Time     83
Let's Give Them Some Bad Press     85
Let Them Be, or Let Them Go     86
Russian Jews Face New Wave of Hatred     88
Baker and the Jews     91
Baker and the Jews: Aftermath     94
My Exchange with President Bush     94
Geraldine Ferraro and the U.N. Vote on Anti-Semitism     99
Anti-Semitism Requires a Worldwide Response     100
Cause for Boycott: France's Anti-Semitism     104
Boycotting France: My Exchange with Woody Allen     104
The Iraq War and the "Dual Loyalty" Charge: Three Unanswered Letters     109
Reflections on the Jews and Their Enemies     113
It's Time to Sound the Alarm     116
Desecrating the Memory of the Holocaust: Should There Be Legal Limits? An Exchange with Noted Scholars and University Presidents     120
A New Chapter in the Fight against Anti-Semitism     134
Post-Berlin Reflections     139
Anti-Semitism in France: Rising or Falling?     142
Dennis Prager and the Koran     149
Are Jews Suppressing Free Speech?     152
Confronting the Holocaust      155
An Obligation to Remember     156
Where Is Raoul Wallenberg?     162
Reagan at Bitburg     164
Dita's Mother Didn't Come Home     165
The Temptation to Forget     169
Israel's Secret     170
Forgetting Is the First Step Toward Repeating     172
Jews Who Fought Back     173
What the Flames Could Not Consume     175
A Visit to Hell     176
Poland and the Holocaust: Two Letters     178
Kristallnacht: The Beginning of the End     183
The Lesson of Kristallnacht     183
A Man Who Accomplished Miracles     185
Heroes Who Understand History     187
Haunting Reminder of the Holocaust     188
Jews, Bush, and Israel     191
America and the Holocaust: Reflections on the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz     194
New Revelations About the Allies' Knowledge of the Holocaust     200
La Guardia and the Holocaust     202
Mixing Politics with Business? La Guardia, the Nazis, and the Triborough Bridge     205
Iran's Holocaust Cartoon "Test": We Passed     208
What Can Be Done About Holocaust-Deniers?     210
Conclusion      215
Notes     229
About the Authors     236
Index     237
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