Sefton Goldberg wanted to throw himself under a table and wait
with thumping heart, just as he did then, for his mother to peer
through infinitesimally parted curtains at the retreating back of the
milkman or someone collecting for the NSPCC and assure him that
the coast was clear.
This north Manchester family, none of them refugees from Nazism but,
one presumes, second-generation East Europeans, reconfigures its
fear into the most recent genocidal threat. Another fictional Jewish
mother from north Manchester, created by Maisie Mosco in her
Almonds and Raisins trilogy
for racial reasons,
i.e., the Jews and the Sinti and Roma, nor indeed did it include women’.
Moreover, the insistence on interpreting National Socialism ‘through
the lens of a Marxist theory of fascism’ also obviated any focus on the
primary victims of the regime.
Philately and chemistry
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The ramifications of this economic interpretation of fascism were
that those aspects of mass killing that could not be perceived as
having been economically motivated – in other words, the genocide
of the Jews and the Sinti and Roma – were naturally threatening