Jews & Crime

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The Detroit Purple Gang. #33770 (standing far left) is Tony Eduardo Delduca leader of this crew, 1910-1985. The man kneeling in front of him is his brother Dominic Delduca 1908-1997. Photo: Wikipedia

As any historian will tell you, one of the ways we discover Jews in far-flung places is through accounts of criminal activity both perpetrated by and against Jews.

This series proposes to reflect on the relationship between Jews and issues of crime and criminality, opening up the hidden worlds of Jewish criminals and criminal behaviour.

To this end, we invite contributions on the topic of Jewish criminals. Should we be writing about Jewish gangsters from the past such as those in interwar Poland and Odessa, in the United States like Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky through to Jewish criminals in the present in Russia and Israel or Bernie Madoff, Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein?

Please get in touch if you would like to contribute. The responses can be in any form: prose, poetry, fiction, art, film and so on.

This is a unique opportunity to publish thoughts and works about the relationship between Jews and crime that would not be possible elsewhere.

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4 months ago

I just heard about the purple gang today.

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