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2018 Annual Assessment

1 While there is no documentation, there are several indications that David Ben-Gurion played a role in the writing of the book. According to historian Aviva Halamish, Ben-Gurion, wrote to Uris and complemented him on his important book. He also asked him to write a similar book on the capture of Eichmann. Uris refused (Halamish 2004).
2 Brandeis, a distinguished U.S. Supreme Court justice, typically linked the Zionist vision with the American ideals of democracy, justice and freedom. U.S.
3 Before the 1970s hardly any Jews were visible on American television, with the exception of The Goldbergs, a 1950s series about a Jewish working-class family living in an ethnic Bronx neighborhood.
4 The trend was, of course, best exemplified by Jerry Seinfield’s Seinfeld.
5 Those wars were looked upon as continuations of the Holocaust, and American Jews felt a need to act, in contrast to their relatively minimal involvement during the Holocaust. Efforts to strengthen Israel were regarded as a correction and as a response to existential threat and to anti-Jewish oppression.

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