Jewish History

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Arab Jews vs. Palestinians: Israel's Refugee Pawns
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2012
Israel's attempt to compare Arab Jews to Palestinian refugees.
Beyond Judgment
Levi, Primo
Article
The Bund (General Jewish Labour Bund): Connexipedia Article
Article
A secular Jewish socialist party in Central and Eastern Europe operating predominantly between the 1890s and the 1930s.
The Canadian Jewish Outlook Anthology
Rosenthal, Henry M., Berson, S. Cathy (eds.)
Book
1988
A broad range of articles about secular Jewish life and socialist values.
The Case Against Israel
Neumann, Michael
Book
2005
Neumann argues that Israel's policies are the cause of the conflict, and that the conflict can be ended by Israel changing its behaviour.
Cult, Ghetto, and State: The Persistence of Jewish Question
Rodinson, Maxime
Book
1983
Jewish studies, Maxime Rodinson says in this book, has been a field in which ideological delirium has long had virtually free rein. In this collection of essays, he tries to redress the balance, bring...
Diary of Bergen-Belsen
Levy-Hass, Hanna; with a foreword and afterword by Amira Hass
Book
2009
Hanna Lévy-Hass, a Yugoslavian Jew, emerged a defiant survivor of the Holocaust. Her observations, recorded in her own incomparable voice, shed new light on the lived experience of Nazi internment. Lé...
Edelman, Marek: Connexipedia Article
Article
Jewish-Polish political and social activist and cardiologist. (1919-2009).
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A report on the banality of evil
Arendt, Hannah
Book
1963
Hannah Arendt's report on the trial of Adolph Eichmann.
Epilogue to Underground to Palestine
Stone, I.F.
Article
1946
The epilogue to I.F. Stone's first-hand account of the movement of European Jews to Palestine in 1946.
French Jews for Palestinian Rights: Against The Current vol. 89
Bensaïd, Daniel; Kahn, Marcel-Francis; Tomkiewicz, Stanislas; Vidal-Naquet, Pierre
Article
2000
The following text (abridged here) was published in the French daily Le Monde of October 18, 2000 accompanied by the signatures of fifty French people of Jewish origin, several of them well-known poli...
The Ghetto Fights: The Warsaw Ghetto: The 45th Anniversary of the Uprising
Edelman, Marek
Article
1945
On May 10th, 1943, the first period of our bloody history, the history of the Warsaw Jews, came to an end. The site where the buildings of the ghetto had once stood became a ragged heap of rubble reac...
A History of the Jews - Ancient and Modern
Halevi, Ilan
Book
1987
Starting from a political interpretation of the period when judges, kings and prophets held sway over Israel and Judah, Ilan Halevi traces the evolution of the Jewish identity through its numerous sta...
The Holocaust Chronicle: A History in Words and Pictures
Book
2003
A chronological account of the genocide of European Jews at the hands of the Nazis.
The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering
Finkelstein, Norman G.
Book
2001
The thrust of Professor Finkelstein's book is that powerful interests (Israel and Jewish organizations in America) have hijacked what has become known as the Holocaust. And while Israel has exploited ...
How I Stopped Being a Jew
Sand, Shlomo
Book
2014
Sand, an Israeli historian, does not examine Judaism as a religion, but focuses on the question of Jewish ethnicity. Through historical and political analysis, Sand examines the implications of embrac...
The Invention of the Jewish People
Sand, Shlomo
Book
2009
In this new book, Shlomo Sand shows that the Israeli national myth has its origins in the nineteenth century, rather than in biblical times - when Jewish historians, like scholars in many other cultur...
The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland
Sand, Shlomo
Book
2012
The Invention of the Land of Israel deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that continue to suffocate it. Sand’s account dissects the concept of “historical righ...
Israel/Palestine: Resources for peace, justice, and human rights
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Website
2006
A selection of resources for those looking for a solution to the situation in Isreal/Palestine based on peace, justice, and human rights.
The Jewish-Arab Conflict
Cliff, Tony (writing as L. Rock)
Article
1938
The conflict between the Arab masses and Zionist aspirations can only be solved to the extent that Jewish masses in Palestine renounce Zionist exclusivism.
Jewish Combat Organization: Connexipedia Article
Article
A World War II resistance movement which was instrumental in engineering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
The Jewish Question: A Marxist Interpretation
Leon, Abram
Book
1946
Abram Leon offers a materialist approach to the study of Jewish history.
Jewish Question Since World War II
Germain, Ernest [Ernest Mandel]
Article
1946
Jewish resistance under Nazi rule: Connexipedia Article
Article
The resistance of the Jewish people against Nazi Germany leading up to and through World War II, including against the Holocaust.
Jews, Marxism and the Worker's Movement
Website
A subject index of texts from Marx, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, Leon and Luxemburg; texts from the Jewish Socialist & Labor Movement and the impact of the Russian Revolution on Jews.
Judeophobia: The scourge of antisemitism: New Internationalist October 2004 - #372
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
A look at the history of antisemitism and the fight against it.
The Life of Death: An Exchange
Shahak, Israel
Article
1985
The really great form of courage and honesty that could be witnessed under the conditions of the Holocaust was when a Pole opposed the opinion or the silence of other Poles, when a Jew opposed other J...
The Lion and the Gazelle: On Jewish History
Avnery, Uri
Article
2008
If we, the Israelis, want to consolidate our nation, we have to free ourselves from the myths that belong to another form of existence and re-define our national history. We must recognize the differe...
Marek Edelman: A True Mensch
Rosenberg, David
Article
2009
To be a Jew means always being with the oppressed and never the oppressors.
Marx and the Economic-Jew Stereotype
Draper, Hal
Article
1977
The real Jewish question in Marx's time was: For or against the political emancipation of the Jews? For or against equal rights for Jews?
Marxism and the Fate of the European Jews
Drucker, Peter
Article
1996
Enzo Traverso's The Marxists and the Jewish Question; is valuable not only for what it says about Jews in one region or one period, though it is particularly strong on Eastern European Jews and their ...
The Marxists and the Jewish Question: The History of a Debate 1843 - 1943
Traverso, Enzo (translated by Bernard Gibbons)
Book
1994
Covers the difficult history of European Marxists' efforts to comprehend what "The Jewish Question" was about. The assumption that Jewish life and religion were a historical anachronism, something tha...
On The Jewish Question
Marx, Karl
Article
1843
The Politics of the Exodus Myth: Pillar of Superstition
Cook, William
Article
2012
Cook provides conclusions that would suggest that the Bible as the word of God is rather a fabrication created for the masses for political, religious and cultural reasons.
A Price Below Rubies, Jewish Woman As Rebels and Radicals
Stepherd, Naomi
Book
1993
A tour of radical thought and movements in Europe from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century, refracted though the lives of a series of remarkable, courageous women.
Recovering Forgotten Voices: Against The Current vol. 132
Gilyard, Keith
Article
2008
A lover of American literature will come away from reading Alan Wald’s Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade excited about the prospect of investigating a long list of curr...
Reflections and Meditations Thirty Years After
Stone, I.F.
Article
1978
I.F. Stone's reflections on Israel thirty years after writing his first-hand account "Underground to Palestine'.
Resistance in Europe: 1939 - 45
Hawes, Stephen; White, Ralph; (eds)
Book
1975
Essays on the resistance against Hitler during World War II.
Seth Farber's Radicals, Rabbis and Peacemakers: Against The Current vol. 120
Smith, Michael Steven
Article
2006
My grandparents came to America from Hungary in 1912. My family who stayed there and the Hungarian Jewish population were mostly killed by the fascists in the bitter winter of 1944, some 800,000. Twen...
A Surplus of Memory: Chronicle of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Zuckerman, Yitzhak ("Antek")
Book
1993
The story of the Jewish resistances uprising against the German Army's attack on the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943-44. As much as any other individual, the organizing force and embodiment of the spirit of de...
A Threat from Within: A Century of Jewish Opposition to Zionism
Rabkin, Yakov M.
Book
2004
Rabkin brings to light continuing Jewish opposition to Zionism, a religious tradition which presents a fundamental challenge to the idea of Israel as a Jewish state.
A Threat from Within: Jewish Opposition to Zionism - Review
Neumann, Michael
Article
2006
Review of a book on Jewish Orthodox opposition to Zionism.
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Connexipedia Article
Article
The Jewish resistance that arose within the Warsaw Ghetto in German occupied Poland during World War II, and which opposed Nazi Germany's effort to transport the remaining ghetto population to Treblin...
Why Israel has silenced the 1948 story of Nazareth’s survival
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2016
A rarely told story of the 1948 war that founded Israel concerns Nazareth's survival. It is the only Palestinian city in what is today Israel that was not ethnically cleansed during the year-long figh...
Why Israeli Anti-Zionists do NOT 'recognize the right of the State of Israel to exist as a Jewish state'
Lowi, Henry
Article
2007
States that define themselves with reference to the domination of one ethnic group cannot claim legitimacy.
Yiddish Language and Song: A Collision with Zionism and the Birth of Israel
Film/Video
2008
Interview with Yiddish culture archivist, Frank Krasnowsky.

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The website of Professor Norman Finkelstein.
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Writings on politics, culture, and sport.

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Canadian Encyclopedia
The full text of The Canadian Encyclopedia and its related resources has been made available online by the Historica Foundation as a public service since 1999. Since its publication in book form in 1985, The Canadian Encyclopedia ...
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum stimulates leaders and citizens to confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity and strengthen democracy. A public-private partnership, fe...

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The Bible Unearthed
Article in Wikipedia on the book The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts
A 2001 book about the archaeology of Palestine and its relationship to the origins of the Hebrew Bible.
Exhuming history: censored Jewish text brought to light by Library and Archives Canada
Abma, Sandra
2016
Words that were once lost to history have been brought into the light by book conservationists at Library and Archives Canada. The 16th-century collection of sermons were by a rabbi and philosopher wh...
Genes of Most Ashkenazi Jews Trace Back To Indigenous Europe, Not Middle East
Mientka, Matthew
2015
A genetic study of Ashkenazi Jews shows a "whiter" heritage drawn more from prehistoric Europe than from the Levant, home to the modern state of Israel.
The Holocaust
The Fate of European Jewry, 1932-1945
Yahail, Leni
1990
An comprehensive history of Hitler's war on the Jews of Europe.
Judenrat
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Judenräte (singular Judenrat; German for "Jewish council") were administrative bodies during the Second World War that the Germans required Jews to form in the German occupied territory of Poland, an...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 15, 2016
Lurching to War
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
2016
The risk of nuclear war is as great now as it was at the height of the Cold War. From the time the Warsaw Pact dissolved itself and the Soviet Union collapsed, the United States has single-mindedly pu...
Scientists reveal Jewish history's forgotten Turkish roots
Keys, David
2016
Israeli-born geneticist believes the Turkish villages of Iskenaz, Eskenaz and Ashanaz were part of the original homeland for Ashkenazic Jews.
Yiddish language
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Yiddish is a High German language of Ashkenazi Jewish origin, spoken throughout the world. It developed as a fusion of German dialects with Hebrew, Aramaic, Slavic languages and traces of Romance lang...

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Web site of Norman Finkelstein.