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Tom Segev

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Tom Segev grew up in Jerusalem and did his military service at the National Defense College. He studied at the Hebrew University where he gained his BA in History and Political Science and he received a PhD in History from Boston University. Tom Segev is one of Israel's most controversial and celebrated newspaper columnists. His first book, 1949: The First Israelis (1986), is a cornerstone of the ‘new historiography’. The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust (1994) was an iconoclastic and influential investigation into the influence of the Holocaust on Israeli society. One Palestine, Complete (2000), which deals with the history of the British Mandate in Palestine, won the New York Times editor's choice of ‘Best Books 2000’ and the US National Jewish Book Award 2001.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

2011

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

In his research for his biography of Simon Weisenthal, Tom Segev had access to previously unseen and recently declassified papers, rendering this the first fully documented biography of the world-renowned Nazi-hunter. Segev uncovers and places into context, Wiesenthal’s relationship with Mossad, his real involvement in Eichmann’s arrest, the unlikely friendships he formed with Kurt Waldheim and Albert Speer and the nature of his rivalry with Elie Wiesel.

2003

Monday, 3 March 2003

In this session, Tom Segev discussed his book of the same name with Jonathan Freedland. Segev argues that the sweeping americanisation of Israel, rued by many, has in fact had an extraordinary beneficial influence, bringing not only McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts but also the virtues of pragmatism, tolerance and individualism. Jumping full square into the ideological battle about the future of Zionism, he welcomes as a harbinger of compromise and openness the diffusion of national identity and ideology that has taken place in the last decade.

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David Grossman speaks with Mark Lawson at a special out-of-fesitval event.