Anthony Julius is one of England’s most notable lawyers. He is Deputy Chairman of law firm Mishcon de Reya, Chairman of the Jewish Chronicle, Chairman of the London Consortium, and a Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, London University. His most recent book is Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England. He is currently writing a study of censorship and the modern English Novel.
History on Trial
Richard Evans in conversation with Anthony Julius discussed how the legal system and the courtroom shape our knowledge and understanding of Holocaust history.
The Jewish Question
Are we living through a resurgence of antisemitism? Is it connected to Israel, and if so, how? And how deeply entrenched is it in Jewish identity?
Anthony Julius believes that the threat of antisemitism is real if sometimes overstated, and is often mediated through each nation’s identity and ideology. French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut argues that the rise of antisemitism in France is bound up with the growing antipathy towards Israel and this defines the new Jewish Question. ...
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: A Tour of the Jewish Horizon
Antisemitic attacks are on the rise, the Iranian president calls for the eradication of Israel and the war in Lebanon split the diaspora. But Jewish culture everywhere is experiencing a vibrant resurgence and a two state solution seems inevitable. So what exactly is looming on the horizon?
In the Name of Love
Aaron Ben Zeev examined the dark side of romantic love. Disappointed ideals can mutate into frenzied violence and abandoned lovers resort to murder rather than accept that their ex partner has found happiness in someone else’s embrace. This distinguished moral philosopher looked at the worst evils committed in the name of love.
Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England
In his magnum opus, Anthony Julius looks fairly and squarely, with no propensity to exaggeration, at the history of anti-semitism from Medieval times with their blood libels, through exclusion and gradual rehabilitation, to today’s alarming new brand of anti-Zionism. Here he discussed his work with one of the staunchest opponents to anti-semitism in Parliament.
Yehuda Halevi defined the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry and is considered Poet Laureate of the Jewish people. Like Maimonides, Halevi spanned multiple worlds. Poet, physician and philosopher, he is as well known today for the poetry that has become of the Jewish liturgy, as he is for The Kuzari, one of the most important works of Jewish philosophy ever published.
Hillel Halkin discussed his biography of Yehuda Halevi with Anthony Julius and uncovered the poet’s life and tragic death re...
The Eichmann Trial
The capture of Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents in Argentina in 1960 and his subsequent trial in Jerusalem electrified the world and sparked a global debate on where, how genocide can be judged. The event has become a touchstone for judicial proceedings throughout the world, offering a legal, moral and political framework for coming to terms with unfathomable evil.
This ‘trial of the century’ was revisited by award-winning historian, Deborah Lipstadt, whose book,...