The Jews in the Twentieth Century: An Illustrated History

The Jews in the Twentieth Century: An Illustrated History

by Martin Gilbert


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The Jews in the Twentieth Century: An Illustrated History by Martin Gilbert

What an extraordinary chronicle of upheaval, sorrow, and achievement is the story of the Jews in the twentieth century—and who better to narrate it than the renowned British historian Sir Martin Gilbert, whose lifework has been the study of the events and personages of our time. In this richly illustrated volume he vividly describes the individuals, the historic movements, the watershed moments, and the horrific years that so profoundly changed the world and the Jewish people.

In a text interwoven with and illuminated by more than 400 fascinating photographs, many of them never before published or long forgotten, we meet the widely dispersed turn-of-the-century Jewish communities of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Then we encounter, with startling immediacy, the impassioned Zionists who set out to reclaim Palestine and the immigrant waves that poured out of Eastern Europe in search of a better life in America—among them, the brilliantly creative writers, composers, actors, and comedians who enthralled millions; and the scientists, judges, legislators, entrepreneurs, and intellectuals whose numbers can hardly be counted but whose thoughts and deeds shaped the modern world.

There is tragedy in this history: the twentieth century saw many dark years during which the Jewish people suffered pogroms, persecution, and mass murder. But the century also saw the renewal and flourishing of the Jewish community, in America, in Israel, and throughout the Diaspora. The observant, the secular, the people
gathered from the ends of the earth—all figure in the vivid portrait of the Jews at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Sir Martin relatesthis astonishing and deeply moving story with the erudition and empathy that have always distinguished his writing, and with a masterful eye for the key point, the telling anecdote, the human detail that makes history come alive. While our memories are still fresh, he has fixed them indelibly in a volume that will be treasured, pored over, and passed down as the rich and definitive record of Jewish life in the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805241907
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/09/2001
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 10.53(h) x 1.27(d)

About the Author

Sir Martin Gilbert is one of the foremost historians of the twentieth century. The official biographer of Winston Churchill, he is also the author of a definitive history of the Holocaust, twelve historical atlases, and comprehensive studies of the first and second world wars. Born in London in 1936, he was made an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, in 1994 and was knighted in 1995.

Table of Contents

Author's Note6
Editor's Note7
Maps of Europe and the Middle East8
Chapter 1Migration, Assimilation, the Promised Land12
Chapter 2The First World War62
Chapter 3The Crucible Years100
Chapter 4Challenge and Response146
Chapter 5The Second World War196
Chapter 6Rehabilitation, Statehood and Renewal238
Chapter 7Successes, Threats and Dilemmas284
Chapter 8Towards the Twenty-First Century332

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