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Daniel Trilling: Perpetual Reclamation, 8 September 2022

Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure 
by Menachem Kaiser.
Scribe, 277 pp., £14.99, August 2021, 978 1 911617 49 5
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... the gold existed, he said, thousands of slave labourers had died digging the tunnels. This was, as Menachem Kaiser writes in Plunder, ‘a site of death, not treasure’.The Golden Train – which, unsurprisingly, turned out not to exist – provides the overarching metaphor for Kaiser’s own attempt to reclaim family ...

The Great Lie

Charles Glass: Israel, 30 November 2000

The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World 
by Avi Shlaim.
Allen Lane, 670 pp., £25, April 2000, 9780713994100
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Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1999 
by Benny Morris.
Murray, 752 pp., £25, January 2000, 0 7195 6222 8
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A Blood-Dimmed Tide: Dispatches from the Middle East 
by Amos Elon.
Allen Lane, 354 pp., £20, August 2000, 0 7139 9368 5
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Fabricating Israeli History: The ‘New Historians’ 
by Efraim Karsh.
Frank Cass, 236 pp., £39.50, May 2000, 0 7146 5011 0
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From Herzl to Rabin: The Changing Image of Zionism 
by Amnon Rubinstein.
Holmes & Meier, 283 pp., £25, October 2000, 0 8419 1408 7
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... appealed more to anti-semites than to those goyim who believed in equality and emancipation. Kaiser Wilhelm, as quoted by Rubinstein, wrote in the margin of his diplomats’ account of the first Zionist Congress at Basel in 1897: ‘I am all in favour of the kikes going to Palestine.’ At the time, most Jews did not want to go, and no one asked the ...

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