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:  Israelis attend a protest against the Cultural Loyalty Bill outside the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on 26 November 2018.  ©Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Feature: Israelis attend a protest against the Cultural Loyalty Bill outside the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on 26 November 2018. ©Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

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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WHAT’S NEW

The EU elections: what now for Europe’s Jews?; The Crucible gets its ballet premiere; Mumbai’s new glory.

FEATURE

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen argues that writers must offer an alternative vision for Israel’s future.

FEATURE

Ukraine’s new president is a Jewish comedian. Amelia Glaser unpicks his gags for clues to his politics.

PASSPORT

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.

ART

John March uncovers the work of photographer Gerty Simon.

FILM

Robin Lustig reports on a film that asks why so many perpetrators of the Holocaust got away with murder.

MUSIC

The Jewish Music Institute is turning 35! Danielle Goldstein speaks to its Chair, Jennifer Jankel.

THEATRE

Judi Herman finds the spirit of Harold Pinter in Truth to Power Café, and reports on the little-known Kurt Weill opera, Der Silbersee.

BOOKS

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.

THE YIDDISHISTS

Our series that uncovers the YIVO archive. This issue: Argentina’s Jewish cowboys.

SEPHARDI RENAISSANCE

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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

Our three-month guide to art, books, film, music, theatre and other cultural events in the UK, Europe and Israel.

FAMILY

David Benmayer on Marie Neurath’s science illustrations.

MEET THE READER

This issue: Joshua Hershfield in Haifa, Israel.