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Jon Silverman

Jon Silverman is Professor of Media & Criminal Justice at the University of Bedfordshire. He’s the former BBC Home Affairs Correspondent who won the Sony Gold award for his reporting on Nazi war crimes inquiries in the 1990s. He’s the author of three books on subjects ranging from crack cocaine to paedophiles and is currently writing a book for Oxford University Press on the UK’s war crimes investigations, 1945-2000.  
The Ticket Collector from Belarus
1999 saw Britain’s first and only ever Nazi war crimes trial. The trial brought Andrei Sawoniuk – a retired ticket inspector, charged with murdering Jews during the Nazi occupation of Belarus – face to face for the first time in over 50 years with Ben-Zion Blustein, his former childhood friend and now a key witness for the prosecution. Mike Anderson, author of The Ticket Collector from Belarus and Jon Silverman, who covered the trial as BBC home aff...
The Truth, Nothing but the Truth
In Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper, Laurel Leff examined the many decisions that were made along the chain-of-command of the New York Times that ultimately resulted in minimising, misunderstanding and diluting the reporting of the Holocaust. She described how journalists in New York, London, Berlin, Moscow, Paris, Bucharest and Jerusalem reacted to news as it reached their bureaus. Leff, along with Arthur Neslen who was until recent...
Israel: A Jewish State or a State for Jews?
Ever since the movement’ s inception, Zionists have advocated very different ideas of Israel: would the dream of Herzl, Ahad Ha’am, Weizmann, Jabotinsky, Ben Gurion or Begin triumph? Would Israel be a ‘normal’ state, or a ‘light unto the nations’? The state that emerged, partially out of the ashes of the Shoah, became a refuge for those escaping the horrors of WWII and its aftermath, and to many a utopian ideal. Seventy years on, at the heart of one of the ...