“Prof. Wasserstein slights Jabotinsky with faint praise, dismissing him with a cursory analysis, denigrating even his appearance.”
FRANKLY I WOULD NOT READ A BOOK THAT SLIGHTS JABOTINSKY AND IGNORES HIS ROLE IN IMPLORING JEWS TO LEAVE THE HELL HOLES OF EUROPE BEFORE IT WAS TOO LATE. PROFESSOR WASSERSTEIN IS SIMPLY A FOONOTE AMONG HISTORIANS AND JEWISH HISTORY BUT JABOTINSKY IS A GIANT FOR ALL TIMES. AND RICK RICHMAN DESERVES CREDIT FOR REMINDING US…..SKIP THIS ROTTEN BOOK…..RSK
Restoring the Record: European Jews on the Eve of the Holocaust
On the Eve: The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War 
Bernard Wasserstein, Simon & Shuster, 552 pages.
Professor Bernard Wasserstein, a distinguished academic who holds an endowed chair in modern Jewish history at the University of Chicago, has painted an extraordinary portrait of Jewish civilization in Europe on the eve of its destruction. His goal was “to capture the realities of life in Europe in the years leading up to 1939, when the Jews stood, as we now know, at the edge of an abyss”; to “breathe renewed life momentarily into those who were soon to be dry bones”; and to restore forgotten individuals to the historical record, without “special pleading or sentimentality.”
He has produced a book covering virtually every aspect of Jewish pre-war life — politics, religion, society, culture, language — in the four geographical zones that comprised Europe: (1) the Western democracies, in which Jews had been emancipated for several generations; (2) Germany and areas absorbed into the Third Reich, where Jews were being systematically stripped of citizenship, property, and economic rights; (3) Eastern Europe, where anti-Semitism was a significant element in politics and public policy, and (4) the Soviet Union, where Jews had upward social mobility after 1917 until the emergence of Stalin. He makes it clear the Jews faced existential threats in all four areas of Europe.