In 1966 S.Y. Agnon won the prestigious award, beating other renowned writers such as Graham Greene, Samuel Beckett and Henry Miller. Fifty years on, the Swedish archive discloses what went on behind the scenes of his momentous win.
They were two Hungarian Jews, both of whom aimed to save other Jews. The one who failed is remembered as a heroine, while the one who rescued thousands is still excoriated. The Szenes-Kastner dialectic refuses to die.
MK Merav Michaeli, in her maiden speech to the Knesset, made a bold statement about her lineage, thus redeeming the legacy of her grandfather Israel Kastner.
Shas' attempt to revive the bugaboo of ethnic identity politics can only hurt the status of Israeli Jews of Middle Eastern descent, the very people it seeks to represent.