In “A History of the Grandparents I Never Had,” Ivan Jablonka reconstructs the story of how his father became an orphan, and in so doing, creates a luminous and lacerating contribution to Holocaust literature.
Why would French Jews be interested in joining the anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and (formerly) anti-Semitic National Front party?
Almost exactly years ago, A.J. Liebling became infatuated with a French stranger named Albert Camus. Robert Zaretsky chronicles the surprising friendship between the Jewish New Yorker writer and the French existentialist.
Seminal New Wave film director Jacques Rivette has died at the age of 87. Robert Zaretsky remembers how a review written by Rivette changed the way we view films about the Holocaust.
As some warn French Jews to avoid wearing a kippah, others are donning the skullcap in solidarity. Robert Zaretsky asks: Is this symbolic gesture really helpful — or just a cheap gimmick?
A stunningly complex new history by Ethan Katz unsettles many of our certitudes about Muslim-Jewish relations and provides a reason to hope that new narratives will emerge.
Marine Le Pen’s Front National party has made big gains in recent elections — and France’s Jews are by no means passive bystanders in this alarming voting trend.
Since the Paris bloodbath, Robert Zaretsky has been struggling to figure out what was Jewish about the attackers’ targets. Now, he examines our strange compulsion to see Jew-hatred even where there is none.
French intellectual André Glucksmann has died at the age of 78. Robert Zaretsky remembers his pointed critiques of communism and his change of heart regarding the Iraq war.
Now that the copyright for Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ has lapsed, a French publisher wants to put out a new critical edition. Some think that’s a dangerous plan — but not Robert Zaretsky.