Jerusalem on the Amstel: The Quest for Zion in the Dutch Republic
Lipika Pelham (Author)
Hurst & Co.
May 01, 2019
5.8 X 1.7 X 8.6 inches | 1.5 pounds
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About the Author
Lipika Pelham worked in the BBC newsroom for over a decade and also reported from the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. In 2005-13, she lived in Jerusalem, where she learnt Hebrew, made award-winning films and wrote a memoir, The Unlikely Settler. She now works as an independent documentary makerfor the BBC and other broadcasters.
"A fascinating study, full of rich stories provoking wonderful, complex questions about belief and identity. Why did 'New Christians' of many generations revert to Judaism in Amsterdam? Why was the Holocaust more devastating in Holland than elsewhere in Western Europe? And what does all this say about Dutch traditions of tolerance?"--Giles Tremlett, The Guardian
"From new arrivals to magnificence, from tolerance to acceptance, to a tragic end. Lipika Pelham recounts 300 years of Amsterdam's Jewish history, wandering through the cemeteries, and reflecting on the Dutch Holocaust. Was it a lack of acceptance after all? Pelham explores all this with a light touch and a sorrowing heart. Not to be missed."-- Rabbi Dame Julia Neuberger DBE