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Tom Segev: David Ben-Gurion

Book Presentation and Discussion with the Author

For the seventieth birthday of the State of Israel, the acclaimed historian and journalist Tom Segev will be presenting his definitive biography of David Ben-Gurion, the state’s founder.

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Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Old Building is marked in green


Old Building, level 2, Great Hall
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Born in 1886 with the name David Grün, Ben-Gurion migrated to Palestine in 1906 and became involved early in the struggle for an independent Jewish state.

When he declared the new state in 1948, he committed himself to defending Israel’s interests at all costs. In his biography, released in Ruth Achlama’s German translation in April, Tom Segev lays out the life and work of Israel’s founding leader and, along the way, tells Israel’s global twentieth-century story.

Moderated by Rachel Salamander (Literaturhandlung)

In cooperation with Literaturhandlung, Siedler Verlag, and Förderkreis Literatur zum Judentum

book cover

Book cover of Tom Segev: David Ben Gurion. Ein Staat um jeden Preis. Munich, 2018, Siedler

Tom Segev

Tom Segev, born in 1945 to a family of German immigrants, is one of Israel’s most prominent journalists. His book The Seventh Million: Israelis and the Holocaust (2000) placed Segev among Israel’s “New Historians.” He is a recipient of the National Jewish Book Award for One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate (2000). Tom Segev lives in Jerusalem.

Portrait of the author Tom Segev

Tom Segev; photo: Dan Porges

Where, when, what?

  • Entry fee

    10 euros, reduced rate 7 euros

  • TicktesPlease contact Literaturhandlung Berlin
    Phone: +49 (0)30 88 24 250

    For journalistsPhone: +49 (0)30 25 993 419

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