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PASSPORT SERIES

4YOUR SAY… Readers’ rants, raves and views on the July issue of JR.

6 WHAT’S NEW Vladislav Davidzon finds past and present collide in Belarus; Berlin’s museum of exile.

10 FEATURE Rebecca Taylor speaks to the American novelist Joshua Cohen about the troubled state of his nation.

13 FEATURE Which statues should be pulled down? Samantha Baskind debates how we remember our dead.

16PASSPORT Washington DC: hear the story of the Civil War Jews; discover Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s favourite DC places; and meet the politicians, filmmakers, artists and activists who live and work in this dynamic capital city.

28 FILM Michael Rosen reviews When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit; Michael Etherton: the film that changed my life.

30 THEATRE Judi Herman speaks to Dame Hermione Lee about her new biography of Tom Stoppard.

32 ART How Zoom is helping Mexican artist Aliza Nisenbaum to create her new paintings of Liverpool’s keyworkers.

34 MUSIC Beethoven and the 19th century culture wars.

36 BOOKS On the centenary of the birth of poet Paul Celan, Anne Michaels reflects on his relationship with the German language; George Prochnik on a new voice from Vienna; Moris Farhi’s last novel; Oxford’s illuminated glories; David Abulafia reviews a new history of the ghetto.

46THE YIDDISHISTS Our series that uncovers the YIVO archive. This issue: Songs of the suffragettes.

47 SEPHARDI RENAISSANCE The Scribe is back!; Jonathan Kaufman on the Shanghai families who built modern China; a childhood in Alexandria.

54WHAT’S HAPPENING Our three-month guide to art, books, film, music, theatre and other cultural events in the UK, Europe and Israel.

65 FAMILY A new book by Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake explores what it means to be a refugee.

66 MEET THE READER Esther Robinson Wild in Oxford.

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