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Milim Spring 2019

David de Jong

Nazi Billionaires

Three weeks after Hitler seized power in Germany he called a meeting. He had summoned twenty-five of the most prominent businessmen in Germany and then arrived late. German big business had not helped Hitler seize power. Most corporate tycoons saw him as loud and violent. A failed painter who made brutish comments, to be laughed at. Nevertheless, these men would become profoundly, fiscally entangled in the Nazi effort.

This book investigates and casts stunning new light on how the families and companies of the men who bought into Hitler’s vision have prospered and monopolised.

David de Jong is a correspondent in the Middle East, where he writes for the Dutch Financial Daily, among other publications. For the research and writing of Nazi Billionaires he reported from Berlin for four years. Before that, de Jong was a reporter at Bloomberg News in New York, where he wrote about hidden wealth, and in Amsterdam, where he wrote about European banking and finance. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg Businessweek. De Jong was born and raised in Amsterdam and currently lives in Tel Aviv

Nir Arielli

The Many Faces of the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea has a long, fascinating and multifaceted history. Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world, was built near its shores. The Dead Sea features in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. For many centuries it was believed to be the site of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, destroyed by fire and brimstone because of the sins of their residents. In addition to its religious significance, through the centuries the area also served as a seat of war, a source of wealth, superstitious beliefs and fear, a tourist resort, and the epicentre of an ecological disaster. Today, the Dead Sea is dying. Receiving only about five percent of the water it did a hundred years ago, the lake’s level is receding by more than a meter per year.


Nir Arielli is Associate Professor of International History at the University of Leeds. His most recent book, From Byron to bin Laden: A History of Foreign War Volunteers, was published by Harvard University Press in 2018. He is also author of Fascist Italy and the Middle East, 1933-1940. His current work examines the human history of the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea.


Simon Parkin

The Island of Extraordinary Captives: The British Wartime Internment of Jewish Refugees Suspected of being Nazi Spies

Approximately 73,500 German and Austrian refugees from Nazism fled to Britain when war broke out. Initially, these refugees were received under such lauded schemes as the Kindertransport. But in the following months, the British media stoked national paranoia that a network of spies, posing as refugees, lurked among their ranks. The British government embarked upon a policy of mass internment of the very same people they had welcomed to our shores, and of the so-called ‘enemy aliens’ living in Britain, approximately 30,000 were sent to camps indefinitely.


Using exclusive new archive material, letters and diaries, Simon Parkin tells the story of history’s most extraordinary prison camp, where Britain interned thousands of refugees during World War II


Simon Parkin is a contributing writer for the New Yorker, regularly writes for The Guardian and The Observer newspapers. His previous nonfiction book, A Game of Birds and Wolves, shortlisted for The Mountbatten Prize, and optioned for film by Steven Spielberg. Named a finalist in the Foreign Press Association Media Awards and recipient of two awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Simon Parkin lives in West Sussex, England.

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Bernard Lester

Open Wide - fifty glorious years as a dentist

With over 50 years’ experience as a dentist, Bernard Lester recalls the triumphs and disasters, the dramas and close calls of his work in both NHS and private practice, in an honest and humorous account. From medical school to practice owner, follow his story as he describes the characters-both staff and patients-who filled his life with laughter and tears as he pursued his career.


Bernard says “In my early teens, I knew I wanted to become a dentist. Working in the NHS and the private sector, I enjoyed all aspects of a unique profession. My wife, Sue, has been tremendously supportive in this project, together with my three children. I found that fishing on my local river for trout and salmon helped me through difficult times, a hobby that continues to this day. Growing vegetables and teaching karate, as a fifth dan black belt instructor, have also provided valuable relaxation. As I approach retirement, I can look back at some wonderful memories that are worth sharing, recalling the people I have met along my chosen path. All that has enriched my life.”

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