Dying for Jerusalem: The Past, Present and Future of the Holiest City

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Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006 - History - 345 pages
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Combining the revelatory insights of a cultural anthropologist, the passion of a longtime Zionist and the realism and objectivity of an eminent journalist, Walter Laqueur takes you inside Israel as it once was. In doing so, he covers the entire spectrum from the Arab-Jewish conflict to the state of the kibbutzim, the influx of Russian Jews, the meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Yad Vashem and the future of the Jewish state. Laqueur examines the history and meaning of Jerusalem itself, while challenging that holy city's myths. And he answers perhaps the ultimate question: why are people who do not want to live in Jerusalem still willing to die for it?
 

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A quasi-memoir of his time spent living and working in Jerusalem, Laquer's volume exploits the author's experiences and relationships with key figures in Jerusalem's history (Eliezer Sukenik, Golda ... Read full review

Contents

Young Man on the Road to Jerusalem 1938
1
Sukenik and the War of the Archaeologists
25
Golda Meir and the PostZionists
41
Kibbutz Utopia Plus Ninety
61
Eliachar and the Sephardi Aristocracy
87
Rehavia Kaufmann Koebner and the German Jews
101
Scholem and the Hebrew University
117
Shenhabi the Holocaust and Yad Vashem
139
Mea Shearim and the Black Hats
209
Musrara and the Panthers from Morocco
233
Serfaty Curiel and the Dilemma of the Jewish Communists
255
Dr Sobolev and the Russian Repatriants
271
Baedeker the Holy Sites and the Jerusalem Syndrome
287
Saw the New Jerusalem
313
Acknowledgments
337
Index
339

Musa Alami and the ArabJewish Conflict
157
Gabriel Stern and the Binational State
173
Recollections ofTalbiyeh
193
About the Author 346
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Walter Louis Laqueur was born in Breslau, Germany on May 26, 1921. At the age of 17, he fled just a few days before Kristallnacht and found his way to Palestine, where he was known as Ze'ev. He worked briefly on a kibbutz before moving to Jerusalem, where he spent a year enrolled in the Hebrew University and covered the Middle East as a journalist. In 1955, he moved to London, where he was a founder and editor of The Journal of Contemporary History and a founder of Survey, a foreign affairs journal. From 1965 to 1994 he was director of the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, a leading archive in London. He became a scholar of the Holocaust, the collapse of the Soviet Union, European decline, the Middle East conflict, and global terrorism. He wrote numerous books including A History of Zionism, A History of Terrorism, The Terrible Secret, Putinism: Russia and Its Future with the West, and The Future of Terrorism: ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Alt-Right written with Christopher Wall. His memoirs included Thursday's Child Has Far to Go; Worlds Ago; Best of Times, Worst of Times; and Reflections of a Veteran Pessimist. He was also the editor of The Holocaust Encyclopedia. He died on September 30, 2018 at the age of 97.

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