It is about injustice, the way that antisemitism is such a ready tool to hand for those who want obscure a wrong; it asks questions about what justice looks like.
It is about the Jewish experience but the issues it raises don’t rest there. For example I didn’t know that,
‘In November 1938, a law was passed allowing French nationality to be stripped from those [jews] already naturalised should they be deemed unworthy of the title of French citizen.’
This was immediately before the aggressive collaboration of so many in France with Nazi antisemitism – but in a week that has seen our own Home Secretary seek to strip a British Citizen of her rights and newspaper columnists claim she was a Columnist from the Telegraph claim that ‘she may have been born here but she was never British’ feels uncomfortably familiar.
It’s an important lecture that feels prescient and relevant – worth a read (or a listen – here’s the video)
John Naughton, on his excellent blog (regularly referenced here) has posted a film of a tadpole embryo becoming itself.
It’s utterly beguiling. An extraordinary thing to witness. Well worth six minutes of anyone’s life.
A wet day in London