A PEEK Inside: JULY 2019
From the Ottomans to Erdoğan: The story of Turkey’s Jews
Join us in Turkey as we head east to find out what President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's increasing loss of power means for the Jewish population. We also speak to the editor of the world’s only Ladino newspaper and uncover Izmir’s stunning synagogues. Elsewhere, novelist Ayelet Gundar-Goshen urges Israeli voters to resist the right; Robin Lustig reports on a new film that questions why so many Nazis got away with murder; we speak to Robert Chandler, co-translator of Vasily Grossman’s novel Stalingrad; and celebrate 35 years of the Jewish Music Institute. Plus our regular guide to the best events taking place this summer.
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Feature: Between the moon and the desk
As Israel faces new elections in September, the only plan on offer appears to be a right-wing narrative. Ayelet Gundar-Goshen says it is the responsibility of all to find an alternative option. Translated by Yael Breuer
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The EU elections: what now for Europe’s Jews?; The Crucible gets its ballet premiere; Mumbai’s new glory.
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen argues that writers must offer an alternative vision for Israel’s future.
Ukraine’s new president is a Jewish comedian. Amelia Glaser unpicks his gags for clues to his politics.
Turkey: as President Erdogan’s power weakens what is the future for Turkey’s Jews? We also investigate the world’s only Ladino newspaper; join Istanbul’s Jews on their holidays; and meet a modern-day follower of the Dönme sect.
John March uncovers the work of photographer Gerty Simon.
Robin Lustig reports on a film that asks why so many perpetrators of the Holocaust got away with murder.
The Jewish Music Institute is turning 35! Danielle Goldstein speaks to its Chair, Jennifer Jankel.
Judi Herman finds the spirit of Harold Pinter in Truth to Power Café, and reports on the little-known Kurt Weill opera, Der Silbersee.
Paul Gravatt on graphic novels; Shoshi Ish-Horowicz and David Herman on Vasily Grossman; Adam Foulds on Nathan Englander’s new novel; Monica Bohm-Duchen and Alison Garnham on Milein Cosman and Hans Keller.
Our series that uncovers the YIVO archive. This issue: Argentina’s Jewish cowboys.
Peter Watts on the activists defying ISIS to rescue Jewish heritage; Julia Pascal on the UK’s lost Jews; Adrian Whittle speaks to the Iranian traders at Jaffa Market.
Our three-month guide to art, books, film, music, theatre and other cultural events in the UK, Europe and Israel.
David Benmayer on Marie Neurath’s science illustrations.
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This issue: Joshua Hershfield in Haifa, Israel.