Issue: February 2020

Confronting a noxious new age of Jew-hate

Violence spawns from normalised bigotry. Effective Holocaust education must trace it to its origins and allow Jews to speak for themselves

A hunger for the truth

A film about the the Holodomor’s exposure should prompt debate on the famine-denialist Walter Duranty

A marriage of Brahms and Wagner

Before his journey into atonality, Schoenberg composed the surprisingly accessible "Verklärte Nacht"

The BBC must be saved from itself

Our national broadcaster is on course for financial self-destruction and viewers no longer trust it to be impartial. Boris must rescue it

Auschwitz’s antechamber

The point of departure for condemned French Jews was the banal banlieue of Drancy, outside Paris

Sticks, stones and lawsuits

The Conservatives may be in government, but the influence of the censorious trans lobby is growing not abating

Speaking up for female eunuchs

The woes of “detransitioners” are a warning: treating children with gender dysphoria is riskier than zealots admit

Internal adventures

Fans of George Eliot are celebrating her bicentenary

Special affects

The National finds a niche in staging literary adaptations while Shakespeare returns to school in the Donmar's Teenage Dick

Shelf Life

The London Library exemplifies the best of the capital’s literary life and history

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens