New books. Vallentine Mitchell Publishers.
Jews by the Seaside: The Jewish Hotels and Guesthouses of Bournemouth. By Pam Fox
A visit to a Jewish hotel in Bournemouth in post-war Britain was greatly anticipated – for many, it was both a regular family and communal event. Pam Fox’s incisive investigation has reclaimed the underlying meaning of this episode in Anglo-Jewish history. Colin Shindler
This book describes the rise and decline of Bournemouth’s Jewish hotels and guest houses within the context of Anglo-Jewish history, the growth of Bournemouth as a premier resort and the evolution of its Jewish community.
Commencing with the appearance of the first small Jewish boarding houses in the late nineteenth century, which gradually became larger and more comfortable guest houses, it charts the emergence of ever-more luxurious hotels during the inter-war years. With great dexterity, the book captures both the heady atmosphere and glamour of the ‘Big Eight’ hotels and the more intimate environments of the smaller establishments when they were in their heyday following the Second World War.
It explores the decline and changing nature of Bournemouth’s Jewish holiday trade before examining different aspects of hotel and guest house life – the food, religious activities and entertainment. It concludes with a detailed analysis of the historical significance and many legacies of the kosher establishments, illuminating the hopes, achievements and sorrows of generations of British Jews as they attempted to balance the goal of assimilation with the desire for a world of their own.
Throughout the book, the focus is on those who ran, staffed and stayed in the kosher establishments, shedding light on the dynamics of the mainly family-run businesses. Based largely on interviews, the text is replete with humorous and poignant memories and stories that enliven the text.
October 2021 400 pages, 73 b/w photos, 8 b/w illus
Hardback: 978 1 912676 92 7 £35.00
Paperback: 978 1 912676 93 4 £19.95
Ebook: 978 1 912676 94 1 £35.00
Hitler’s Prophecy: The Key to the Holocaust. By Simon Burgess
This is a highly readable overview of, and contribution to, the debate around the timing and nature of decision-making in relation to the Holocaust, encouraging us to think anew about the role of Hitler and how power operated in his dictatorship. Dr Paul Moore, University of Leicester
Most historians, after a long and involved dispute, now accept that Hitler’s threats to annihilate the Jewish population on the European continent were an important element in the Nazi regime’s escalating wartime policy of expulsion and extermination. The general consensus, however, is that the ‘Final Solution’ was not ordered at a particular moment so much as gradually adopted.
In a compact, readable and cogently argued text, Hitler’s Prophecy draws on the rapidly expanding provision of online archival materials to set out some significant new findings, proposing a fresh answer to the abiding question of exactly when and why the Holocaust was put into practical effect. It examines the circumstances in which the prophecy was initially formulated and subsequently, at critical points, menacingly repeated, and links the prophecy to the eventual evacuation of Jewry ‘to the east’ in an ultimately homicidal form, identifying the order – in fact orders – that were issued.
Covering the period from January 1939 to the spring of 1942, it describes in detail the exact sequence of events, establishing Hitler’s direct responsibility as well as depicting the role played by the main collaborators who were involved in ‘realising’ his chilling prediction.
October 2021 136 pages
Paperback: 978 1 912676 97 2 £19.95
Ebook: 978 1 912676 98 9 £50.00