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JLit Links

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  • Kathy Arroues writes a review of John Lennon and the Jew

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Ford vs. Sapiro

On Monday, Ned Beauman wrote about Oscar Panizza. His debut novel, Boxer, Beetle (Bloomsbury), is now available.


Henry Ford
might be the most famous American anti-Semite, but it’s not widely known that the industrialist only narrowly escaped having to answer for his vitriol in court.

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MetaMaus Book Trailer

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More on MetaMaus

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JLit Links

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

  • In Scripture (Lori Hope Lefkovitz), a 2010 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies, will be available in paperback later this month

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Anti-Semitism of a Complex Kind

Ned Beauman is the author of Boxer,Beetle. It was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Desmond Elliott Prize upon its initial UK release last year, and has recently been praised by the New York Times as ‘funny, raw and stylish’.
In 1893 the German writer Oscar Panizza published a story called “The Operated Jew,” a synopsis of which reads like a racially charged David Cronenberg film: a young Jewish doctor submits to a serious of painful surgical procedures to conceal his heritage, culminating with a blood transfusion from pure Ayran virgins, but just before his wedding to a blonde German woman, the operations lose their hold and he melts into a puddle on the floor. That same decade, the Zionist Theodor Herzl began using the term ‘anti-Semite of Jewish origin’, which would soon be simplified to ‘self-hating Jew’.

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