Thursday, October 28, 2010

Segev to speak at Beth Or

On Nov. 3, Temple Beth Or will host noted Israeli author, historian and journalist Tom Segev as this year’s Rothschild-Blachschleger lecturer.

Segev writes a weekly column in Ha’aretz, Israel’s leading daily newspaper, and is the author of “The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust” and other groundbreaking books, including “One Palestine, Complete,” which was one of the New York Times’ 10 best books of 2000 and winner of a National Jewish Book Award.

Segev is associated with Israel’s so-called “new historians,” a group challenging many of the country’s traditional narratives. His history of the Six Day War has been described by the historian Saul Friedlander as “probably the best book on those most fateful days in the history of Israel.”

His latest volume is the definitive biography on Simon Wiesenthal, the legendary “Nazi hunter.” Wiesenthal, a hero in the eyes of many, has also been attacked for his unrelenting pursuit of the past, and sometimes for his aggressive methods in pursuit of former perpetrators.

His presentation will be on his Wiesenthal biography. The program begins at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a book signing.