"When the Abbé Sieyès was asked what he had done during the Terror, he gave the famous answer, "J'ai vécu".  Since I also lived through a stormy age, this is the only answer I can give; many of my contemporaries did not survive, and in this respect, as in some others, I have been lucky."

Walter Laqueur, Thursday's Child Has Far to Go: A Memoir of the Journeying Years (1992)

Mosaic, April 3, 2014
The Walter Benjamin Brigade
How an original but maddeningly opaque German Jewish intellectual became a thriving academic industry.

Standpoint, March, 2014
The Russian Enigma: Is The Bear Turning East?
"An elite without an ideology is a threat." This is the central point in an article by Aleksei Podberezkin in the first issue of 2014 of the Moscow weekly Zavtra. This is the organ of the Russian far-Right, Podberezkin being a leading figure in these circles.

Mosaic, December 2013
Degenerate Art and the Jewish Grandmother
Early in November, a major sensation erupted when it was reported that some 1,400 highly valuable works of art, most of them unseen for decades, had been discovered hidden in an apartment in Munich, Germany.

Mosaic, November 2013
Better to be Wrong than Right?
How many pages of print need be devoted to an event that amounts to no more than a small footnote, if that, in the history of British academic life? In the case of the dueling protagonists ofIsaac & Isaiah, a new book by the British historian and novelist David Caute, the unfortunate answer is: quite a few. Luckily, there is much else of inadvertent interest in the story Caute tells.

Mosaic, August 2013
Demography is Key
I broadly agree with Michel Gurfinkiel’s thoughts concerning the eventual disappearance of European Jewry. The process will probably take longer than we assume today—such events have multiple causes, and there are almost always retarding factors as well. In my judgment, however, anti-Semitism is only one factor contributing to the demise of European Jewry, and not the most decisive one.

Standpoint, September, 2013
Uncritical Theorists Who Misread the Nazis
The Frankfurt School, founded in Germany in 1923 — the Institute for Social Research being its official name — was a group of intellectuals who played an important role in Europe and the United States over several decades. The school's orientation was "critical", which in practice meant undogmatic Marxist (within limits). It stood for a synthesis of Marx and Freud, philosophy and sociology. It also tried to integrate some German thinkers who were closer to Nazism than to Marxism, such as Martin Heidegger and Carl Schmitt. It advocated a society that was more just, saw monopoly capitalism as the main threat and was more preoccupied with high culture and the evils of mass culture than political issues.

Middle East Papers, April 1, 2008.
Disraelia: A Counterfactual History, 1848-2008
Great were the hopes and expectations of European Jews when the walls of the ghettos came down. It was a long drawn-out process, and conditions varied from country to country. In Britain it began with the readmission of the Jews under Cromwell. In France, the Revolution and Napoleon proceeded with the emancipation of the Jews which had come under way at the time of the absolutist kings and the Enlightenment.

Jewish Rewiew of Books, Summer 2013
From Russia with Complications
In the late 1950s, when I was in Israel for an extended stay, a stranger showed up at my apartment on Gaza Road in Jerusalem. I was in bed running a high temperature, but that did not prevent him from firmly pushing my wife aside and barging into my room, where he pummeled me with questions.

Tablet, August 21, 2013
Hitler’s Jews: Max Von Oppenheim and the Myth of German Jewish Guilt
New biographies shed light on the cohort of Germans of Jewish descent who historians have portrayed as having served the Nazis

Welt Online, September 13, 2008
Moskau und Sysiphos
Die Reaktion der Europäischen Union auf die russische Invasion Georgiens wird nicht als Ruhmesblatt in die Geschichte Europas eingehen. Doch seien wir fair: Es hätte noch schlimmer kommen können. Man ist nicht stillschweigend zur Tagesordnung übergegangen. Führende westliche Politiker sind nach Tiflis, Moskau und Sotschi gefahren. Man hat protestiert oder jedenfalls seinem Missfallen Ausdruck verliehen, und man hat versprochen, bei dem Wiederaufbau in Georgien zu helfen. Da die Europäische Union weder eine gemeinsame Außen- noch eine Verteidigungspolitik hat, keine gemeinsamen Streitkräfte besitzt und auch fast nichts tut, um die Abhängigkeit von russischem (und mittelöstlichen) Erdöl und Gas zu reduzieren, war nicht mehr zu erwarten, jedenfalls gewiss keine ernsthaften Sanktionen.

Die Welt Online, 2.02.2008
Ein Fehlgriff der Verleger
Die erstaunliche und erschütternde Geschichte des Romans "Suite Francaise" ist bekannt. Die Verfasserin, Irène Némirovsky, entstammte einer reichen russisch-jüdischen Familie, der es im Gegensatz zu den allermeisten Emigranten-Familien gelang, ihr Geld zu retten und die sich nach der Revolution von 1917 in Paris niederließ.

http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2007/12/anarchism_and_qaeda/
Anarchism and Al Qaeda
In a recent address, UCLA historian James Gelvin compares Al Qaeda with historical anarchism (1880-1920) and, like some other recent writers, finds great significance in their common features. Such exercises are seldom wholly in vain, but how helpful are they for a better understanding of at least one of the sides in the comparison?

La Coctelera, 28.12.2007
Pakistán no tiene esperanza
Pakistán no tiene esperanza, de Walter Laqueur en La Vanguardia

e-Journal, USA
Terrorism: a Brief History
What is terrorism? There are more than a hundred definitions. The Department of State has one, Title 22 of the U.S. Code Section 2656: "premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience." The Department of Defense has another, and also the Federal Bureau of Investigation, while the present writer has contributed two or three definitions of his own. But none is wholly satisfactory.

eJournal USA: Foreign Policy Agenda, April 2006
After the Cold War
"History shows that terrorism can operate only in free, or relatively free, societies. There was no terrorism in Nazi Germany or in Stalin's Russia; there was (or is) none even in less harsh dictatorships. But this means that in certain circumstances, if terrorism has been permitted to operate too freely and become more than a nuisance, a high price has to be paid in terms of limitation of freedom and human rights to put an end to it." When the Cold War came to an end in 1989 with the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, when the countries of Eastern Europe regained independence, and when finally the Soviet Union disintegrated, there was widespread feeling throughout the world that at long last universal peace had descended on Earth. The fear of a war in which weapons of mass destruction would be used had vanished. A leading political scientist wrote a book titled The End of History; this did not, of course, imply that history had come to a standstill, but he meant that serious, major conflicts between nations no longer existed and that on certain essentials all were now in agreement.

Tablet, September 3, 2013
Parsing Max Von Oppenheim’s Legacy
In August, Walter Laqueur reviewed Lionel Gossman’s new biography, The Passion of Max Von Oppenheim, and a recent study by Sean McMeekin, The Berlin Baghdad Express, two books that shed light on the cohort of Germans of Jewish descent who historians have long portrayed as having served the Nazis. Max Von Oppenheim, the scion of a famous German Jewish banking family, is one particularly interesting example.



The Last Days of Europe
by Walter Laqueur
Hardcover, 256 pp.
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (May 15, 2007)



Changing face of antisemitism
The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism
by Walter Laqueur
Hardcover, 208pp
Publisher: Oxford University Press



Dying for Jerusalem
by Walter Laqueur
Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc. 2006



Voices of terror
Voices of Terror
by Walter Laqueur (editor)
Paperback, 400pp
Publisher: Reed Press, October 2005



Fascism: past, present, future
Fascism: Past, Present, Future
by Walter Laqueur
Paperback, 272 p.
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA




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