The Past, Present and Future of the Holiest City
Why has a symbol become such a tremendous political issue? Whence the insistence on the part of the religious nationalists on keeping Jerusalem as the permanent and exclusive capital? And why the insistence by Palestinians on having it as their capital, which it never was in the past?
Why are people who do not want to live in Jerusalem willing to die for it?
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"Among the last of a remarkable generation of German Jewish intellectuals, Walter Laquer has seen and survived much of this century's agitated history. He has also written cogently, even preciently, about it for more than 40 years."
(Review of Facism: Past, Present, Future)
"Walter Laquer--a deeply learned polygot historian, whose expertise ranges from 19th-century Germany to 20th-century Egypt--has for decades stood out as one of the very few sober and intelligent voices in this undistinguised crowd."
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"One of our most distinguished scholars of modern European history."
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Table of Contents
Table of contents
Introduction: Young Man on the Road to Jerusalem, 1938
Chapter 1: Sukenik and the War of the Archaeologists
Chapter 2: Golda Meir and the Post-Zionists
Chapter 3: Kibbutz: Utopia Plus Ninety
Chapter 4: Eliachar and the Sefardi Aristocracy
Chapter 5: Rehavia: Kaufmann, Koebner and the German Jews
Chapter 6: Scholem and the Hebrew University
Chapter 7: Shenhabi, the Holocaust, and Yad Va’shem
Chapter 8: Mussa Alami and the Arab-Jewish conflict
Chapter 9 :Gabriel Stern and the Binational state
Chapter 10:Recollections of Talbiyeh
Chapter 11:Mea She’arim and the Black Hats
Chapter 12:Musrara and the Panthers from Morocco
Chapter 13 : Serfaty, Curiel, and the Dilemma of the Jewish Communists
Chapter 14:Dr. Sobolev and the Russian Repatriants
Chapter 15:Baedeker, the Holy Sites, and the Jerusalem Syndrome
Epilogue: I Saw the New Jerusalem…
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