Drawing Life, a Jewish Music Institute (JMI) production composed by Jocelyn Pook, is inspired by a collection of poems and drawings made by children imprisoned in Terezin.
The first biography of the father of modern political Zionism in 35 years tells the story of the Austrian journalist who made the idea of a Jewish state his life project.
The writing of best-selling Israeli author Zeruya Shalev has earned her multiple prizes and many adoring fans around the world.
The discovery of a huge cache of Nazi-plundered paintings in a Munich flat brings hope that thousands of other looted artworks may be found. The revelation has focused worldwide attention on the German authorities and their and others' moral and legal equivocations.
Social networking, reality TV and super-injunctions present new fronts in a war over privacy. Literature professor and psychoanalyst Josh Cohen critiques the intrusiveness of contemporary culture which deems everything we do public property.
The American superstar composer and conductor was also an enthusiastic letter writer.
The influential photographer, painter and filmmaker comes to Jewish Book Week to discuss his career and life with Alan Yentob.
Hilde Jacobsthal was brought up in Amsterdam, spent World War Two on the run and met her future husband in liberated Bergen-Belsen where she worked as a nurse. A close family friend was Otto Frank, father of Anne; Hilde was one of the first to tell him his family had perished.
The wandering Jew has become the wandering Israeli, backpacking in far-flung places in search of meaning and identity.
Andrew Sachs came to the UK with his parents aged eight and will forever be associated with Manuel the Spanish waiter, a role he created in the cult television show Fawlty Towers.
When scholar and former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Ovadia Yosef died aged 93 in October 2013, vast crowds attended his funeral. Yosef had an unrivalled breadth of learning and his decisions on religious issues were magisterial, if often lenient.
The Soviet Union made an entire canon of films between the 1930s and the late 1980s about the Holocaust and Nazi anti-semitism.
Update: Actor Henry Goodman, who played Tevye in the 2007 London stage version of Fiddler on the Roof joins the line-up for this event.
A three-way conversation about the life and legacy of Raphael Lemkin, the Polish Jewish lawyer who coined the word “Genocide” and led the efforts to draft the first modern human rights treaty, with Donna-Lee Frieze, who has edited the unpublished manuscript of Lemkin's autobiography, a
An opportunity to see the 2013 BBC Imagine documentary about author Judith Kerr in her 90th Birthday year. The creator of some of Britain’s best-loved children’s books still runs upstairs to work in her studio.
Brighton, summer 1940. Fear of invasion brings unspoken desires to the surface as a middle-class English family anxiously awaits news.
A groundbreaking and authoritative examination of Israel by one of the most influential columnists writing about the Middle East today. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis.
As a boy growing up in apartheid Johannesburg Mark Gevisser would play “Dispatcher”, a game that involved sending imaginary couriers on routes mapped out from Holmden’s Register of Johannesburg.
The quest for an elixir of yout
Lipika Pelham’s childhood in Bengal was haunted by political and physical divisions. Later in life, she experienced similar divisions in Jerusalem, where she lived with her English Jewish husband.
Remy Blumenfeld, Erwin Blumenfeld’s grandson, wrote and produced this fascinating documentary about the German who survived two world wars to become one of the world’s most celebrated fashion photographers and a key influence on photography as an art form.
Unfortunately, Roger Bennett is no longer able to come to the festival, and so this event has been cancelled. Jewish Book Week will be scheduling a replacement event to be announced in the next few days.
It was only at his great-uncle’s funeral that Thomas Harding learned of his German relative’s extraordinary past. Hanns Alexander, an officer in the British army, was the man who tracked down and helped bring to justice the Commandant of Auschwitz.
Jonathan Miller is one of the most multitalented Britons of his generation: an internationally celebrated opera and theatre director, a physician, writer and TV personality. Noted for his dazzling intelligence and anti-establishmentarian wit, he is one of postw
The impact that the legendary German-born photographer had on the fashion world is felt to this day but Erwin Blumenfeld’s range as an artist went well beyond his groundbreaking Vogue covers.
Economist Noreena Hertz explores with Daniel Finkelstein how we make decisions. Are emails destroying your ability to think? How do you know which information sources are credible? Whose advice should you trust?
Unfortunately, Adam Mansbach is no longer able to come to the festival, and so this event has been cancelled. Jewish Book Week will be scheduling a replacement event to be announced in the next few days.
A timely showing of an influential documentary film that helped draw world attention to the thousands of paintings seized by the Nazis which have still not been returned to their rightful owners.
At 14 Julie Burchill fell in love. Not with a boy, but “with a whole race of people – the Jews”. The journalist and novelist has been learning Hebrew and even chose Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem, as her single record choice for Desert Island Discs.
Enjoy a glass of wine and listen to a lively discussion about the difficulties – and joys – of judging a completely disparate group of fiction and non-fiction books submitted for the prestigious £4,000 JQ Wingate Prize.
When it comes to an obsession with marrying off the children, Jews have more in common with others than they sometimes care to admit.
A man walked into the British Museum one day in 2008 and handed Irving Finkel a palm-sized piece of clay carrying instructions for building the ark. Dating from 1850 BC, the cuneiform tablet is a copy of the Babylonian Story of the Flood.
Some of the most haunting poems of the First World War were written by Jews.
Extra session with Ari Shavit added to the 2014 festival in response to popular demand
40 years after it first emerged from the New York underground scene, the Punk movement continues to excite and inspire.
The Talmud is a repository of centuries of rabbinic wisdom on law, legend and life, with a dialectic structure setting it apart from virtually any other text.
How was life for Jews in medieval England? Recent scholarship and a groundbreaking new translation of Hebrew poetry from Norwich shed light on a dark period of Anglo-Jewish history.
2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of American architect Louis Kahn, whose projects were considered as important as those of Le Corbusier or Mies van der Rohe.
Update Friday 28 February: We are very sorry to announce that Judith Kerr is unwell and very sadly unable to attend the festival on Sunday.
Pioneering photographer Gerda Taro died in combat in the Spanish Civil war, aged 26. She did not live to see her partner Robert Capa become the world’s most celebrated photojournalist.
Update Friday 28 February: More tickets are now available for this event, which will be held in Hall One of Kings Place.
Peacemaking challenges every fundamental idea that we hold. Why should we talk to the enemy? What happens if people are nasty and brutish and we want to retaliate? How do we find the capacity not to hit back, trapping ourselves in endless cycles of violence?
Two young novelists discuss an extraordinary literary relay game in which dozens of writers have a go at translation, the thread of a story passing from culture to culture with often surprising twists and turns.
David is 13 and confused. His mum has gone off with her lover and sent David to his grandparents to give her new relationshp some “space”. David's grandfather, Jimmy - a Jewish veteran and survivor of the enforced labour on the Thai-Burma railway - is 70.
Philip Roth has produced some of the greatest literature of the 20th century, yet there has been no major critical work about him to date. Now, for the first time, Claudia Roth Pierpont brings us the story of Roth’s creative life.
Tuscany has never been closer to King’s Cross.
Our special Jewish Book Week take on TED, the popular conference which asks speakers to give "the talk of their life", is back following its success at last year's festival.
The George Webber Memorial Lecture
Beyond the affluent centre of Paris a guerrilla war is ablaze between the secular French state and the former subjects of its Muslim North African colonies.
Israeli filmmaker Yair Qedar comes to Jewish Book Week for the UK premiere of two documentaries, The Five Houses of Lea Goldberg (2011) and The Seven Tapes (2012). The films are dedicated to the work and lives of two of Israel’s best-loved poets, Lea Goldberg and Yona Wallach.