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Author Bolchover, Richard.

Title British Jewry and the Holocaust / Richard Bolchover
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993


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Description xi, 208 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Pt. I. Knowing and Believing -- Pt. II. The Institutions -- Introduction: the Anglo-Jewish community. 1. Communal priorities: conflict and domestic anti-semitism. 2. The institutional response to the Holocaust -- Pt. III. The Ideologies --Introduction: social and political philosophies. 3. The politics of hope. 4. The politics of fear. 5. The Jewish fighting model
Summary How did British Jewry respond to the Holocaust, how prominent was the Holocaust on the communal agenda and what does this response tell us about the values, politics, fears and identity of the Anglo-Jewish community? This book studies the priorities of that community, and thereby seeks to analyse the attitudes and philosophies which informed actions. It paints a picture of Anglo-Jewish life focussing on reactions to a wide range of matters in the external Gentile world. Richard Bolchover charts the transmission of the news of the European catastrophe and discusses the various theories which have thus far been posited regarding reactions in these exceptional circumstances. He investigates the structures and political philosophies of Anglo-Jewry during the war years and covers the reactions of Jewish political and religious leaders as well as prominent Jews acting outside the community's institutional framework
Various co-ordinated responses, political and philanthropic are studied, as are the issues which dominated the community at that time, namely internal conflict and the fear of increased domestic anti-Semitism: these preoccupations inevitably affected responses to events in Europe. The latter half of the book looks at the ramifications of the community's socio-political philosophies including, most radically, Zionism, and their influence on communal reactions. This is the first and only published work on this subject, and it raises major questions about the structures and priorities of the British Jewish community
Analysis Great Britain
Jews Culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 188-203) and index
Subject Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Public opinion.
Jews -- Attitudes.
Jews -- Great Britain -- Attitudes.
Jews -- Great Britain -- Politics and government.
Public opinion -- Great Britain.
Zionism -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Ethnic relations.
LC no. 92020409
ISBN 0521432340