David A. Bell


Les Juifs

By David A. Bell

Obstinate Hebrews: Representations of Jews in France, 1715-1815By Ronald SchechterUniversity of California Press, 368 pages, $60.* * *Has France become Europe’s most antisemitic country? Many American Jews seem to think so, at least if my own circle of relatives and friends is any indication. They cite France’s recent wave of antisemiticRead More


In France’s ‘Antisemitic Moment,’ Lessons for Today?

By David A. Bell

The Anti-Semitic Moment: A Tour of France in 1898 By Pierre Birnbaum Translated by Jane Marie Todd

Hill and Wang, 352 pages, $30. * * *Imagine that an impartial observer had tried, in the year 1900, to predict which European country would attempt to exterminate the Jews during the coming century. The most likely choice would not have beenRead More






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