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.
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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.
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Synagogues at Risk? Why British Jews need Jewish Heritage
There is more to British Jewry than North London and the East End as Sharman Kadish’s expanded guidebook Jewish Heritage in Britain and Ireland demonstrates. Kadish presents the wealth of historic synagogues and sites across the country and celebrates over 350 years since Jews returned to the British Isles. This event will no doubt spur you to go on a (Jewish) expedition of your own. Sharman Kadish is in conversation with UCL professor Mich...
Jews and Photography in Britain
Until now, little attention has been paid to the pioneering role of Jews in all facets of British photography, from the mid-19th century to the Queen’s controversial 2007 photo-shoot with Annie Leibovitz. Professor Michael Berkowitzhas conducted the first-ever historical investigation of the vital contribution Jews have made to photography’s history. He discusses his findings with photography critic Francis Hodgson.