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Poland's Pre-War Communities

Poland’s Opportunity By Esther Gilbert

In Sir Martin’s thirteen books that chronicle the fate of Europe’s Jews during the Second World War, Poland has its rightful place at the centre of Europe, the invasion of which by German forces ignited the war. The Polish government is currently examining its place in that history and what

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“Based on a true story”

Photo: Antonina Zabinsky with an unnamed badger, Yad Vashem photo Recently I saw the film The Zookeeper’s Wife. (OK, so I don’t get out much.) Though not an “unknown” or “forgotten” story (see Sir Martin’s The Righteous), still it is an important one and it presents a unique approach to

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The Journey of Soviet Jews

It is now 50 years since Soviet Jews who wanted to emigrate were imprisoned, and 30 years since they were finally released from their imprisonment and allowed to leave. Prisoners of Zion map, 1968-1985 Routledge Atlas of Jewish History Click Here and scroll down to Sir Martin and Russian Jewry Subscribe

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The history of Jerusalem in maps

With Jerusalem in the news, it seemed an opportunity to consult Sir Martin’s Routledge Historical Atlas of Jerusalem. These four map reflect the city’s history at key junctures: Pre-1947, 1948 – 1967, Since 1948, and in 2008. Routledge Historical Atlas of Jerusalem Subscribe to Sir Martin’s Newsletter & Book Club  Follow

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Dieppe, 19 August 1942, From Esther Gilbert

Photo: Dieppe raid, The battle 19th August 1942 As the thousands of Warsaw’s Jews were being deported to their deaths in Treblinka in the summer of 1942, 1700 kilometers to the West, the Allies were desperate to establish a toe-hold in Europe and take pressure off German-occupied Russia on the

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Sir Martin & The Refuseniks

Photo: Refuseniks meet with British historian and Soviet Jewry advocate Martin Gilbert in Moscow in 1985. From left: Oksana Kholmyansky, Yuli Kosharovsky, Alexander Ioffe, Martin Gilbert. Front row: Mikhail Kholmyansky. Collection of Mikhail Kholmyansky. This July sees the long-awaited publication of Yuli Kosharovsky’s book We Are Jews Again, Jewish Activism in

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On The Somme

Photo: Sir Martin taking notes of names and inscriptions on the wooden crosses of the German soldiers buried there; note Jewish gravestone among the crosses. Fricourt German Cemetery, the Somme In November 2004 Martin and I spent a few days on the Somme battlefield in France. He was doing the


A Visit to Rawabi By Esther Gilbert

On 3 January 2012, Martin and I spent the day in Ramallah, a guest of the Portland Trust, of which Martin was a Trustee. The Portland Trust, with offices in London, Tel Aviv and Ramallah, works to promote peace and stability between Israelis and Palestinians, by economic development. Although we


Auntie Fori, 5 December 1908 – 25 April 2017

After Martin and I married, he took me to India to meet (and hopefully be approved by) his “adopted aunt” Fori Nehru, the wife of the Indian diplomat BK Nehru, cousin of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister.  As Martin describes in his book Letters to Auntie Fori, the Story