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Gilbert, Martin; Jackson, Sarah & Franziska Payer Crockett

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ISBN 10: 0805241906 / ISBN 13: 9780805241907
Published by Schocken Books, New York, 2001
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Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Stated First Edition. ; 1.27 x 10.53 x 8.9 Inches; 376 pages; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. Bookseller Inventory # 43425

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Publisher: Schocken Books, New York

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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What an extraordinary chronicle of upheaval, sorrow, and achievement is the story of the Jews in the twentieth century—and who better to narrate it than the renowned British historian Sir Martin Gilbert, whose lifework has been the study of the events and personages of our time. In this richly illustrated volume he vividly describes the individuals, the historic movements, the watershed moments, and the horrific years that so profoundly changed the world and the Jewish people.

In a text interwoven with and illuminated by more than 400 fascinating photographs, many of them never before published or long forgotten, we meet the widely dispersed turn-of-the-century Jewish communities of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Then we encounter, with startling immediacy, the impassioned Zionists who set out to reclaim Palestine and the immigrant waves that poured out of Eastern Europe in search of a better life in America—among them, the brilliantly creative writers, composers, actors, and comedians who enthralled millions; and the scientists, judges, legislators, entrepreneurs, and intellectuals whose numbers can hardly be counted but whose thoughts and deeds shaped the modern world.

There is tragedy in this history: the twentieth century saw many dark years during which the Jewish people suffered pogroms, persecution, and mass murder. But the century also saw the renewal and flourishing of the Jewish community, in America, in Israel, and throughout the Diaspora. The observant, the secular, the people
gathered from the ends of the earth—all figure in the vivid portrait of the Jews at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Sir Martin relates this astonishing and deeply moving story with the erudition and empathy that have always distinguished his writing, and with a masterful eye for the key point, the telling anecdote, the human detail that makes history come alive. While our memories are still fresh, he has fixed them indelibly in a volume that will be treasured, pored over, and passed down as the rich and definitive record of Jewish life in the twentieth century.


From the Jewish communities in turn-of-the-century Europe, the Middle East, and Asia to the Zionist settling of Palestine and the Eastern European immigration to America, from the persecutions that led to the Holocaust to the renewal of Jewish communities throughout the world, The Jews in the Twentieth Century affords its reader a panoramic view. Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill and a noted Holocaust expert, provides straightforward, chronologically organized essays about each phase of Jewish history. The photographs, however, are the real reason to spend time with this book. More than 400 images, many of them never before published, convey the breadth and depth of Jewish experience in the last century, from abject suffering to exultant singing to everyday living. After the harrowing Holocaust images of World War II, a chapter titled "Rehabilitation, Statehood and Renewal" offers an image of startling normality. A young man seated is at a desk in front of a microscope, a smile just beginning to cross his face. Through a window behind him a tree is visible, its leaves reflecting the sun. The caption reads, "Jack Brauns, a survivor of the ghetto and the concentration camps, left Austria for Italy, determined to become a surgeon." One can't help be amazed, relieved, and hopeful. --Michael Joseph Gross

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