Personalities and Events in Jewish History, by Cecil Roth
Most past historians of the Jews, from Graetz on, wrote in the grand manner, treating only of the heroic aspects of the Jewish fate, of martyrdom and “mission,” and the classical persecutions. Staging Jewish history like a passion play, they organized it around pivotal events and figures drawn to epic scale. What they impressed upon us was that the Jews had survived—which was obvious. They told us little or nothing about how Jews had lived, though the key to the so-called mystery of Jewish survival must undoubtedly lie in a way of life.
About the Author