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In the 1960s, in his Beyond the Fringe days, Jonathan Miller distorted his mobile features into a truly agonised expression as he feigned a struggle to describe himself. “I’m Jew-ish,” he said. The audience chuckled deeply at the “I-don’t-want-to-deny-it-and-I’m-not-really- practising-and-obviously-I-don’t-want-to-be- associated-with-the-rest-of-them-but-now- you-come-to-mention-it-I-suppose-I-am” recognisable admission.

Jews and non-Jews in the theatre got the point. Up until recently, it wasn’t chic to be Jewish in Britain. Perhaps Germany was too near in time and place for Jews to be able to relax. All I remember is being aware in some vague way that Jews suffered from low self-esteem and that they were…

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