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Criminal Lies

Michael Berkowitz , Philip Kerr

24/02/2008 10:15 am
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In his book, The Crime of My Very Existence, Michael Berkowitz investigates the myths and realities of “Jewish criminality”. Philip Kerr has given vivid depictions of German society in his dazzling Berlin Noir Trilogy. Together they discussed how these myths were used to feed antisemitism.

Sponsored by the Shoresh Charitable Trust, in association with Jewish Renaissance

Michael Berkowitz 


Michael Berkowitz is Professor of Modern Jewish History at University College London and editor of Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England. His earlier books include Western Jewry and the Zionist Project 1914-1933 and Zionist Culture and West European Jewry before the First World War. image c Frank Dabba-Smith

Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr published his first book, March Violets in 1989, and has written for a number of newspapers. Most recently he was the film critic of the New Statesman. He is the creator of the disillusioned former cop turned private investigator Bernie Gunther in Nazi and post-war Germany. He is the author of more than twenty books and novels including a series of novels for children.

Joanna Newman


Joanna Newman MBE is the Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.  She was Vice-Principal and Vice-President at King’s College London, and is a trustee of the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA).  She is a senior research fellow in History at King’s College London and an honorary research fellow at the University of Southampton specialising in the history of antisemitism, the Holocaust and Caribbean history.  Her most recent publication is Nearly the New World: The British West Indies and the Flight from Nazism, 1933-1945.