French author Jean Hatzfeld has focused extensively on the 1994 Rwandan genocide, drawing parallels with the Nazi genocide in World War II. He spoke with the Forward’s Benjamin Ivry about barbarism, Primo Levi, war and the lack of remorse.
Readers are being introduced or reintroduced to pooet Yehuda Amichai’s work in a new collection edited by Robert Alter. Benjamin Ivry takes the opportunity to explain what Amichai meant to Israel and the world of poetry at large.
The question of when the copyright on Anne Frank’s diary would expire has been a matter of some debate. Benjamin Ivry speaks to the Anne Frank Foundation about whether that will happen next year or late. And why.
A finalist for this year’s Goncourt Prize, author and psychoanalyst Tobie Nathan reflects on his career and his family’s expulsion from Egypt.
As she explained in a 2013 interview with Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, Svetlana Alexievich, whose Nobel Prize for Literature was announced on October 8, is a banned author in her homeland of Belarus.
As we approach the centenary of Frank Sinatra, biographer David Lehman talks with Benjamin Ivry about the lifelong love affair between Ol’ Blue Eyes and the Jewish people.
A new book about artist Ben Shahn focuses on the murals he made during the New Deal. If some saw these works as propaganda, so much the better, as far as Shahn was concerned.
Musician James Rhodes, author of the autobiography, “Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication and Music,” is unusually candid about the emotional struggles he has suffered over the years. Benjamin Ivry talks with him about suffering, religion, and developing a tolerance for Wagner.
In ‘The Murder of William of Norwich,’ historian Emily Rose explores long-standing accusations that Jews murdered Christian children in ritual ceremonies.
Ingrid Bergman is cherished by film fans for playing foes of the Nazis. Yet her own rapport with Judaism was as complex and intriguing as any onscreen role.