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British Jewry, Zionism, and the Jewish State, 1936-1956

Stephan E. C. Wendehorst


The purpose of this book is to explore the relationship between British Jewry and Zionism from 1936 to 1956, during a, if not the, crucial period in modern Jewish history, encompassing both the shoah and the establishment of the State of Israel. The book attempts to provide an answer to what, at first sight, appears as a contradiction, the undoubted prominence Zionism had reached among British Jews by the end of the period under investigation on the one hand and its diverse expressions, ranging from aliyah to making a donation to a Zionist fund, on the other. The main argument put forward in t ... More

Keywords: British Jewry, Zionism, diaspora, Mandate for Palestine, League of Nations, United Nations, State of Israel, British Empire, Parliament, educational system, theories of nationalism, liberal assimilationism, Communism, Orthodoxy, aliyah, minority, shoah, Second World War, refugees

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199265305
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265305.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephan E. C. Wendehorst, author
Feodor Lynen Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the History Department of Gießen University and Coordinator of the Research-Cluster "The Jewish Holy Roman Empire" at the Institute for Judaic Studies at Vienna University