“This is an important book by a very courageous man. The shadow of the Shoah and its abusive application to the contemporary Middle East have been a catastrophe for Jews, Israelis and Arabs alike. In Burg's view Israel must move beyond Hitler's poisoned legacy. If they cannot or will not do this, the Middle East will never see peace and Israel has no future.” -- Tony Judt, bestselling author of Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 and Professor at New York University
“An Israeli-born son of Holocaust survivors, Burg addresses a heartfelt plea to his countrymen: remember the past, but do not be its slaves; pathology is neither patriotism nor statescraft. A compelling and eloquent cri de coeur from a veteran of Israel's wars and politics.” -- Howard M. Sachar, bestselling author of A History of the Jews in the Modern World and A History of Israel
"Burg takes a blunt, loving, painful and desperately important look at the state of the Jewish soul today. Anyone who cares about the future of the Middle East and the fate of victimized peoples needs to read this book and think hard." -- J.J. Goldberg, author of Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment and Editorial Director of The Forward
“This fascinating and thought-provoking book should be read by every person who cares about Israel. Burg's central theme is that Israeli leaders use the memory of the Holocaust in ways that are warping the country's soul, creating unnecessary fear, and making it impossible to achieve peace with the Palestinians.” -- John J. Mearsheimer, bestselling author of The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy and Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago
"[An] assured and provocative polemic. . . . [A] lecture with much wisdom . . . worthy of global consideration." -- Kirkus Reviews
“An honest reflection of a tormented man searching for the universal values in Judaism.” -- Le Figaro
“In this book of memories and reflections, the former Knesset Speaker delivers his disquieting findings about Israel that 'became a Kingdom without a prophesy.'... Foremost a book of hope from a man who wants to find ways to return Judaism to its universal calling.” --Le Monde
Just read it please and you can decide then.
Safety for Israel will not come from building fences to keep others out, it will come from opening its doors and hearts to others.
The centerpiece of the book is the Eichmann trial of 1961, and how that trial acted as showcase for the Holocaust, deliberately.
This is an important book for Jews, Israelis, and people who care about the fate of these people (or the Palestinians with whom they tussle so tragically). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew D. Oram
No politician should be able to write this well. Avraham Burg wrote this compelling history and personal memoir after a successful career as MK, cabinet minister, Speaker of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brenda Teese
Fantastic, intelligent and eye opening book. A must have for anybody interested Israel's metamorphosis...Received a place of honor on my bookshelves!Published 9 months ago by sigalit Saarikivi
I am embarassed that a 2g would write such a book! Growing up in Israel I am sure Mr. Burg was never subject to anti semetism from his class mates. Let me tell you Mr. Read morePublished 13 months ago by DRBD
If Burg is not yet a saint he should be (whatever the Jewish equivalent of canonization might be). My cynical soul was softened and silenced by this record of costly wisdom. Read morePublished 18 months ago by robert g hamerton-kelly
I bought this book after reading Avraham Burg's editorial article in the New York Times entitled, "Israel's Fading Democracy. Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by Sylviastel
In the foreword to the English edition of his book, Burg mentions a conversation with a man criticizing him for speaking out against the Holocaust. Read morePublished on July 8, 2011 by Thomas Dunskus
Avraham Burg is one of the left wing Israeli politicians and professors who are dedicted to the destruction of Israel. Read morePublished on May 14, 2011 by Esar Shvartz
Avraham Burg's The Holocaust is Over... is an extraordinary contribution to a possible peace in this world.
I am german of origin. Read more