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British Jewry and the Holocaust: With a New IntroductionWith a New Introduction$
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Richard Bolchover

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774808

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774808.001.0001

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The politics of hope

The politics of hope

(p.83) Chapter Three The politics of hope
British Jewry and the Holocaust: With a New Introduction

Richard Bolchover

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the ‘politics of hope’, which deals with religious and liberal perspectives which reinforced optimistic, even expansive, views of present and future. More broadly, the chapter looks at how Nazi persecution was viewed in the light of the Anglo-Jewry's prevailing socio-political ideologies. It explores those political and religious communal philosophies which shaped the British Jewry's opinions of wartime conditions. Various factors figured in the response. Heterogeneous as the community was, it is possible, as this chapter argues, to delineate the ways in which it reacted to catastrophe. Furthermore, the chapter contends that aspects of Anglo-Jewish thinking, and even the inherent contradictions between them, might have militated against a clearer comprehension of events in Europe and to some extent suppressed a coherent response.

Keywords:   politics of hope, socio-political ideologies, communal philosophies, wartime conditions, Anglo-Jewish thinking, religious perspectives, liberal perspectives

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