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.
One of the welcome elements to Robert Gildea’s ‘Fighters in the Shadows’ is the centrality he gives to the role of Jewish resisters in occupied France.
When far-right politician Nadine Morano called France a ‘country of the white race,’ French Jews barely made a peep. Robert Zaretsky explains why that’s so shortsighted.
How do you recreate yourself as a political sage after being disgraced for a string of sexual escapades? If you’re Dominique Strauss-Kahn, you do it by leveraging the world’s economic woes.