The day Israel saw Shoah – Podcast

On a June day in 1986, an audience gathered in Jerusalem for the country’s first screening of Claude Lanzmann’s epic Holocaust documentary. The story of that day, never before told, is the story of how the Shoah continues to reverberate through Israeli life

Published by: The Guardian

Strictly Come Dancing is a success story that could only work at the BBC

Saturday night is the Strictly final and all I can think of is Jeremy Vine in his pants. That image might be disturbing enough by itself. Except in the scene now lodged in my mind, the Radio 2 presenter and Strictly Come Dancing contestant was not alone. He was standing in his underwear confronted with the culture secretary, John Whittingdale, three civil servants and an equal number of top BBC executives. This all happened moments before Vine dressed up in a cowboy outfit and rode a giant plastic horse.

Published by: The Guardian

‘Shoah’, the film that changed Israel for ever

Outside, it was burningly hot, the skies clear blue. But, inside, there was only darkness. For the next nine-and-a-half hours, in the Jerusalem Cinematheque, they would sit, rapt and in silence, through Shoah, the film made by the French director Claude Lanzmann, which was already being garlanded by critics around the world as the greatest single film about the Holocaust and one of the very greatest documentaries in the history of cinema.

Published by: The Jewish Chronicle

We can’t get past the past

The second Donald Trump opened his mouth, you knew what would happen. No sooner had the billionaire blowhard and Republican front-runner proposed his ban on Muslims entering the US, than headline writers and cartoonists were reaching for the obvious comparison.

Published by: The Jewish Chronicle

The lesson we learn from Donald Trump: the left should fight fire with fire

Once a politician calls for the borders to be closed against a single religious minority, he’s going to get called a fascist. The picture editors will find shots of him doing an apparent Hitler salute, there will be front pages in faux German. Which is why no one can blame the Philadelphia Daily News for splashing with a shot of a saluting Donald Trump alongside the headline The New Furor. He deserves it.

Published by: The Guardian

The day Israel saw Shoah

Outside it was burningly hot, the skies clear blue. But inside there was only darkness. For the next nine and a half hours, in the Jerusalem Cinematheque, they would sit, rapt and in silence, through Shoah, the film made by the French director Claude Lanzmann, which was already being garlanded by critics around the world as the greatest single film about the Holocaust and one of the very greatest documentaries in the history of cinema.

Published by: The Guardian

From Fifa to guns, let’s stop accepting the unacceptable

At times like these, I remember the words of a friend and colleague from more than 20 years ago. He was covering the Bosnia war, risking his life to do so. Why was he doing it? “Because once the world knows, it will have to act. Once people know, they’ll demand action.”

Published by: The Guardian

A life in theatre with David Hare – Guardian Live event

At a Guardian Live event in London, David Hare, a titan of British political theatre for over four decades, talks to Jonathan Freedland about politics, writing and his career in theatre. The event marks the publication of Hare’s memoir, The Blue Touch Paper.

Published by: The Guardian