I have decided to use my writing skills to compose an article to challenge the very Christian ethos of my daughter’s school as a way of softly and positively alerting them of the existence of others. It appeared in the schools newsletter yesterday. My theme was on the inter-connectedness of the evolution of the festival of Christmas and Hanukkah with examples and a conclusion that suggested that the aims in the end are very similar even if not original to either. Togetherness, lightening up the dark, hope, family! The article was very well received and was even accompanied by another article on a visit to a Hindu shrine. I found the book Weihnukkahby the Jewish Museum of Berlin most useful in my research.
This is the conclusion of my upgrade paper of my PhD attempt (2001) on the justification of violence as a means of action amongst Jewish and Black militants. This talk was held at Univ. of Leeds and later at SOAS. I worked on this phD both at U. of Leeds and later at UCL London.
The main reason why I discontinued the project was due to the need to work to earn a living and my inability to secure a full bursary, although I did win a British Academy AHRB university fee covering award. I am not excluding the possibility to return to this one day given the right circumstances.
Claude Lanzmann is the creator of the epic film documentary Shoa that many may still remember. He made another documentary film entitled Tsahal. In this work I considered both films and the possible relevance of linking the shoa and the Israeli Defence Forces.
This is one of those works I would have liked to integrate into my PhD.
Document not available online! Please contact me if interested!