THE VOICE OF THE JEWISH EAST END

  The only British writers who stood up for Jews “before the days of Hitler”, George Orwell reckoned, were Charles Dickens and Charles Reade (he forgot George Eliot, whose Daniel Deronda is a sympathetic proto-Zionist). Hilaire Belloc, a virulent Jew-baiter, considered Jews beyond civilisation because civilisation was based on Christianity and Jews were Christ-killers (“OK so we killed him, but …

Can Oprah Winfrey Have Made a Mistake?

      By the end of the American Civil War in 1865 the Confederate South had lost 20 per cent of its male population to the Union armies. Downfall brought its own kind of posthumous victory, however, as Confederates sought to re-cast themselves as Christ-like victims exalted by a myth of the noble lost cause. The African-American author and …