The Real Meaning of ‘Rachmanism’
Rachman was depicted as a sleazy foreigner, a stateless Jew, willing to rent properties to blacks and prostitutes had undermined the lives of decent white English people. All of this flowed into the undertow of what was understood by “Rachmanism.”
December 23, 2019
Europe’s Contested Ideas of National Identity
Although I was born in England, my father was a Polish citizen at the time, which made me a Polish citizen, too. With that citizenship came the right to vote: the capacity to act as a citizen, not just to be one. Brexit had brought the importance of that realization home to me.
November 12, 2019
My Great-Grandfather the Bundist
Family paintings led me to the Bund, a revolutionary society of which my mother’s Grandpa Sam had been a member, whose story was interwoven with the agonies and triumphs of Jews in Eastern Europe, and whose name has all but been erased.
October 6, 2018