Rick Richman is the author of Racing Against History: The 1940 Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler (Encounter). His previous contributions to Mosaic include “The 80th Anniversary of the Two-State Solution,” an essay on the 1937 Peel Commission.
That is the question a new history of Polish Jewry in the 1930s asks and—with one large exception—answers well.
Despite everything that has changed, today’s internal Jewish divisions eerily echo those from exactly a century ago.
As millions of Jews fell under the Nazi yoke, Zionism’s foremost leader came to America with one goal. He didn’t achieve it.
In 1937, an official British report first proposed the partition of Mandate Palestine. The story behind it helps to explain why the Arab-Jewish conflict remains unresolved.
America paid Iran $1.7 billion in cash—funds that by law were not to be released unless and until Iran paid what it owed to American victims of its terrorism.
Considering the achievement of the American Jewish legal giant, a new biography also asks what he would make of Citizens United and other contemporary issues.