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Kristallnacht synagogue

A Gilbert Discovery from Esther Gilbert

Photo: The Baden Baden Synagogue burns on Kristallnacht  I remember the look on Martin’s face when he told me. It was pure astonishment on his part, and he had been the detective, unaware of what he was to uncover. Amanda Foreman (who had known Martin since her childhood) and Lisa Jardine

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A Genealogical Query

Also in the June mailbag came this email from Janice Harris in New Zealand, who found her great-uncle listed in one of Sir Martin’s Indexes on the website: “I’m researching my genealogy, and my great uncle, Samuel Howes, was chauffeur to Sir Winston Churchill during the Wilderness Years.  I found

East European Refugees

Read Gilbert, Putting the Present in Context

Refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and the concerns regarding them seem to have become a permanent fixture of our daily news.  Yet it is important to remember that a generation ago, with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the opening of borders to the West, people who had been struggling

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The ’45 Aid Society and “The Boys”

In the summer of 1945, the British government agreed to allow the Jewish organisation, the Central British Fund, to bring a thousand young orphaned survivors of the Holocaust to live in Britain. Only 732 children and teens could be found among those liberated in Theresienstadt and from camps in Germany.

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Israel’s 70

The Story of Israel From Theodor Herzl to the Dream for Peace The new edition of Sir Martin’s book, published in time to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day on May 14, has been held at an introductory price for our readers throughout the month of May. On checkout enter code: story  Buy Here Subscribe to

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Dr Martin Luther King

Sir Martin writes of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King,  4 April 1968 “… while standing on the balcony of his hotel, King was shot dead by a White assassin. Four years earlier he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to achieve racial harmony and Black

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A Much-Loved Classic Reproduced

In honour of Israel’s birthday, Carlton Books has produced this exciting new and updated edition and is offering our newsletter readers a special discount of 30% direct from the Carlton website from 3rd to 30th April 2018. On checkout add the code: story BUY HERE Late last summer, Carlton Books got

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