Extracts from the Aug 2006 Journal
This is the first of a series of occasional articles devoted to works of literature that formed part of the culture of German-speaking Jewry and can still be read and enjoyed today.
Arnold Zweig's novel Der Streit um den Sergeanten Grischa (1927) is probably the best novel in German to come out of the First World War - though the best selling is Erich Maria Remarque's anti-war classic Im Westen nichts Neues (All Quiet on the Western Front, 1929), known worldwide in Lewis Milestone's film version. Penguin Books published a translation, The Case of Sergeant Grisha, in 1986. [more...]
KRISTALLNACHT: PRELUDE TO DESTRUCTION
by Martin Gilbert
HarperCollins, 2006, 320 pp., £14.99 [more...]
World record for a paintingThe 1907 portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, the subject of a legal battle for more than five years, was sold to the Neue Galerie in Manhattan last month for a world record of $135 million (approximately £73m). This eclipses the previous highest amount for a painting - the $104.1m paid for Picasso's 1905 Boy With a Pipe (The Young Apprentice) - and was bought for the New York museum by its owner, the cosmetics magnate Ronald Lauder. [more...]
THE HOLOCAUST ON TRIAL, D D Guttenplan, Granta, 2001. [more...]