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From the Ends of the Earth: The Jews in the 20th Century [Hardcover]

Martin Gilbert
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18 Oct 2001
Here is the extraordinary story of the Jewish people over the last hundred years: a saga of migration, unprecedented achievement, and the building of a new nation - as well as repression, persecution and mass murder. The renowned historian Martin Gilbert describes events and figures both inspirational and tragic: the immigrant waves that flowed out of Europe to Palestine and America; the writers, composers and performers who enthralled millions; the scientists, judges and intellectuals who contributed so much to humanity; the horrors of genocide; the renewal of community in America and Israel and throughout the Diaspora. The orthodox, the secular, the peoples gathered from the ends of the earth, all figure in this vivid portrait of the Jewish people at the dawn of the 21st century. Martin Gilbert's text - filled with the human detail that brings history to life - is brilliantly illustrated by hundreds of powerful photographs, many of them unpublished.

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  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell; 1st Edition edition (18 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304354724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304354726
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 22.1 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Born in London in 1936 and now resident in north London, Sir Martin Gilbert was educated at Highgate School and Magdalene College, Oxford. An outstanding historian of the 20th century, he became the official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill in 1968 and has written to great acclaim on the Holocaust and the events of the Second World War.

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Excelent! This book is a collection of photographs of the jewish life in the 20th century. However it is a history book as well, containing all the important moments of the jewish people throughout these years,from the gradual rise of anti-semitism to the State of Israel and its many wars.
In that way it is a neat and easy to read history book with all the appropriate illustration (photographs), and I believe it is of great value to anyone that would like to know about jewish history and wants something that is easy to read and helps picturing what is written.
As a photography book it is brilliant,the photographs cover most aspects of jewish life. The photographs are not artistic per se,they are there to give a vivid image of the history written in the book and that they achieve.
Overally I believe that it is a book that gives a thorough picture of jewish history in the 20th century, presented in a stimulating and touching way.
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By Gamla
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This excellent work should be available in schools to show just where demonisation of a people leads. Racism against jews thankfully outlawed in western countries nowadays is endemic in the middle east and asia where Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' is sold openly and the other tracts attacking jews are bestsellers.

As usual where jews are oppressed it is not long before other minorities feel the heat. Jews are the canary in the mine. And nowadays in the absence of jews it is christian communities in Iraq, in Egypt, in Pakistan and many other countries in the middle east and asia that are being persecuted and ethnically cleansed.

There are now 7 jews left in Iraq. Around a million christians have been ethnically cleansed from Iraq in the last 10 years, so the question is, how long will it be before there are 7 christians left there, in Pakistan and Indonesia?

If this book says anything, it is that racial intolerance must be fought everywhere. Hatred of Israel the falsification of its history, and demonisation of Israel that has given full equality to its arab citizens is just an extension of anti-semitism.

This updated anti-semitism can be seen in the constant demonising Israel for supposed wrongs to palestinians (as if palestinians are only victims and have not tried to destroy that state whilst committing unspeakable acts of terror against israelis in the last 60 years).

Countries that have dealt fairly with jewish people have prospered. Those that have demonised and attacked jews have on the whole not. Palestinian leaders should learn from history and seek peace and reconciliation rather than constantly try to stir up hatred and conflict with Israel and promote hatred of jews in palestiinian media and schools.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview. 23 July 2007
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This is a pictorial history of the Jewish people in the 20th century. Half of its 365 pages are black and white photographs. As such, the book provides just an overview of the subject but it does a better job than most in being more than just a picture book with some text. Written by one of the premiere historians of Jewish and 20th century history, it gives a fluid narrative - one in which most readers should find some new information. The core of the book is, as the title implies, the gathering of Jews from the ends of the earth to the state of Israel. It starts with the migration of Jews at the beginning of the 20th century to Palestine and to the west, and ends with the migration to the state of Israel. It covers the anti-Jewish pogroms of the early 20th century, Jewish contributions during WWI, the rise of fascism, WWII, the Holocaust, the establishment of the state of Israel and the wars fought by Israel. While presented from a Jewish perspective, this book tries to give a balanced view of Israel by covering subjects, such as the activities of the Stern gang, which many less balanced histories tend to delete.
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