In his fiction, Bernard Werber blends sci-fi, biology, philosophy and whodunits. He talks with Benjamin Ivry about his visions for the future of Jews and humanity at large.
The New York Philharmonic has announced that, starting in 2018, Jaap van Zweden will be its next music director. Benjamin Ivry writes that van Zweden’s knowledge and appreciation of Jewish ritual help to make him a perfect choice for New York.
Abe Vigoda has died at the age of 94. Benjamin Ivry remembers the Russian-Jewish actor’s career, heritage, stamina and longevity.
Elsa Triolet and her husband Louis Aragon have been dismissed as deluded devotees of the Communist Party, but their biographer Philippe Forest reveals a much more nuanced story.
How did French-Jewish essayist Emmanuel Berl come to write some of the most memorable speeches for Marshal Pétain. An interview with author Henri Raczymow sheds light on Berl’s complex relationship with the Vichy regime.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, 61% of Malaysians express anti-Semitic views. During a recent visit, Benjamin Ivry confronted history and reality in that country.
From the 1960s to the 1990s, the Lillian Vernon catalogue was the go-to guide for tchotchkes. But few know that the company’s eponymous founder had to flee the Nazis back in the 1930s.
Pierre Birnbaum, author of “The Anti-Semitic Moment” and “Jewish Identities” discusses the Israelization of French Jewry and his pessimism about the future.
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.