Trudy Gold

Trudy Gold is the former C.E.O of the London Jewish Cultural Centre, and one of the founder members of the British delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. She has taught Modern Jewish History in schools and universities and for adult groups throughout the World. She has coordinated teacher training in Jewish History and Holocaust Studies in Eastern Europe and latterly in China. She is the author of The Timechart History of Jewish Civilisation and the student resources “Understanding the Holocaust” and the digital resource “Lessons of the Holocaust.”
Jewish Mothers on Screen
The Jewish mother has been depicted as myth, matriarch and even monstrous. As one trawls through Hollywood, British films and even BT commercials what emerges is an extraordinary stereotype – overprotective, demanding, feeding, generally sexless, over emotional, materialistic and aspirational for her husband and children. This presentation featured archetypal Jewish mothers from the first talkie, The Jazz Singer, in the twenties to more recent films such as Suzie Gold via Exodus, Over Brook...
Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred
Judeophobia, the great hatred. Is it a psychic aberration, a 2,000 year-old disease? Loathing of Jews has been a feature of Christendom since the first accusation of deicide and this, combined with enforced employment patterns – usury and trade – made the Jews the pariahs of Europe, a situation the Enlightenment did nothing to change. Chameleon-like, the hatred became racial rather than religious. Today there is an addition to the old prejudices – aversion to Israel. As the world falls ...
Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History
Steven Zipperstein retells the shattering story of the Kishinev riot of 1903 in late-Tsarist Russia. It dominated the headlines in the western press for weeks, intruded on Russian-American relations and inspired endeavours as widely contradictory as the Hagannah, the precursor to the Israeli army, the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, and the first version of ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.’ How did this incident come to define so much, and for so ...
Voices from the Warsaw Ghetto
‘What we were unable to cry and shriek out to the world we buried in the ground.’ David Graber, aged 17, the Warsaw Ghetto In 1940 the historian Emanuel Ringelblum established a clandestine organization, the Oyneg Shabes, within the Warsaw ghetto to document Jewish life, compiling an archive – ranging from reportage to jokes, from artwork to poems. The project lasted until the ghetto was obliterated by the Nazis in May 1943. Ringelblum perished in 1944. But before he ...
Genius and Anxiety How: Jews Changed the World 1847-1947
Moses said the Law is everything. Jesus said love is everything. Marx said money is everything. Freud said sex is everything. Einstein said everything is relative. The latter three were among a small number of men and women who transformed how we see the world in the period 1847 – 1947. Author Norman Lebrecht discusses with historian Trudy Gold how a handful of people who happened to be Jewish thought outside of the box, to see what others could not, and in doing so changed the world....
Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader
The life of Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) was as puzzling as it was brief. How did this cosmopolitan and assimilated European Jew become the leader of the Zionist movement? How could he be both an artist and a statesman, a rationalist and an aesthete, a stern moralist yet possessed of deep, and at times dark, passions? And why did scores of thousands of Jews, many of them from traditional backgrounds, embrace Herzl as their leader? Acclaimed historian Derek Penslar shows that Herzl’s path t...
Antisemitism & the Russian Revolution
When the Bolsheviks came to power in 1917, they announced the overthrow of a world scarred by exploitation and domination, but these sentiments were put to the test as antisemitic pogroms swept the former Pale of Settlement. Brendan McGeever offers the first book-length analysis in The Bolsheviks and Antisemitism in the Russian Revolution, revealing the campaign to have been led not, as often assumed, by party leadership but by a loosely connected group of radicals who mobili...
The Third Reich and the Paranoid Imagination
“Brilliant … Deploying him against conspiracy theorists is a bit like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.” So says The Mail on Sunday of Richard J. Evans and the forensic scrutiny he subjects widely discussed claims involving Hitler and the Nazis to. In The Hitler Conspiracies the renowned historian analyses five long discredited but increasingly popular theories, including Churchill suppressing peace terms, a bunker escape to South America and a bid by the ...
The Light of Days: Women Fighters of the Jewish Resistance
A New York Times bestseller and already optioned by Steven Spielberg, The Light of Days author Judy Batalion joins us live from the US to discuss what Philippe Sands called “an untold story of rare and captivating power” of the Polish Jewish women who took on the Nazis. These ‘ghetto girls’, many in their teens, had witnessed the brutal murder of their families. With courage, guile and nerves of steel they became the heart of a wide-ranging resistance network,...
Re-Discovering Hannah Senesh 100 Years After Her Birth
Jewish war hero and poet Hannah Senesh’s personal papers recently came to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. Many of them are now going online for the first time, including previously unpublished writings, drawings and personal documents, shedding new light on this iconic figure. Join Matan Barzilai, Head of the National Library of Israel archives, to discover the unique literary and historic treasures of the Hannah Senesh Archival Collection, in conversation with historian Trudy ...