Avner Offer: Burn Mark: A Photographic Memoir of the Six Day War
Chair: Matti Friedman
This extraordinary work, assembled in 1968 by Avner Offer – Oxford Professor of Economic History and a former soldier in the Six-Day War – is now published for the first time. Evoking the intimacy of a small unit in wartime, with its moral dilemmas and life and death experiences, the photographs bear witness to some of the most highly charged moments of the war. A selection of his pictures won the first prize in an exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 1968.
Professor Offer is in conversation with author and journalist Matti Friedman.
Avner Offer is Chichele Professor of Economic History, University of Oxford, and Fellow of All Souls College, Emeritus. He has published on international political economy, law, the First World War and land tenure. He is appearing twice at the festival for his recent books.
Matti Friedman’s first book, The Aleppo Codex, translated into multiple languages, was the recipient of many awards, including the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize. His reporting has taken him from Israel to Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, and the Caucasus, and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He is a regular contributor to Tablet.Two essays he wrote about media coverage of Israel after the 2014 Gaza war triggered intense discussion and have been shared together on Facebook more than 100,000 times. He was born in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem.