# 124 / Editorial

Fourth installment this week of Israel upon Danube, Guy Konopnicki’s uchronistic novel imagining the creation of a state for Jews in the heart of Europe, in Austria. After returning last week to the process that led the Knesset to unanimously adopt the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Israel (also known as the “Juden Volk Republik”), he reports on the tensions that are emerging among the World War II victors, which place the new state in a tricky position. Indeed, the question was on which side of the Iron Curtain the Jewish state would stand – as it soon became surrounded by hostile neighbors…

Each weekly episode of our summer novel comes with a series of four articles, already published in our pages, but gathered around a few key themes. This week, a series of personal, intimate stories written in the first person, what we might call ” auto-judeo-graphy “: In “I pictured Austria as Germany without Nazism.” A Childhood Fantasy.”, Ruben Honigmann also brings us to Vienna, but to the city of his legendary grandmother. Above all, his story questions with humor his desire to acquire all the possible identity documents he could possibly claim. In “Mamie-louche (an autofiction)“, Mona El Khoury She recounts her winding personal and family story, vis-a-vis the multiple identities of Jewish, Muslim, Christian. In “Return to Lemberg, Return of Lvouv“, Danny Trom, after reading East West Street[1], returned to the Galician town, once Polish and now Ukrainian, to follow his family’s footsteps and those of Lemkin and Lauterpacht, the two heroes of Philippe Sands’ bestseller.In “Vilna: Dream about the Vanished Jerusalem“, Grigory Kanovich – who died aged 94 on January 20 – recalls the city of his youth. He remembers it and dreams of it as a ghost that comes back to haunt him, but which he refuses to mourn for fear of destroying what is no longer there.


1 Philippe Sands, East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2016

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