By Mark Kurlansky
A robust, DEEPLY relocating NARRATIVE OF wish REBORN
IN THE SHADOW OF DESPAIR
Fifty years after it used to be bombed to rubble, Berlin is once more a urban within which Jews assemble for the Passover seder. Paris and Antwerp have lately emerged as vital new facilities of Jewish tradition. Small yet proud Jewish groups are revitalizing the traditional facilities of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. those courageous, decided Jewish women and men have selected to settle–or remain–in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust, yet they've got paid a value. one of the unforeseen risks, they've got needed to focus on an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the unfold of Arab terrorism, and the impression of the Jewish country on ecu life.
Delving into the intimate tales of eu Jews from all walks of lifestyles, Kurlansky weaves jointly a vibrant tapestry of people maintaining their traditions, and flourishing, within the shadow of historical past. An inspiring tale of a tenacious those that have rebuilt their lives within the face of incomprehensible horror, A selected Few is a testomony to cultural survival and a party of the deep bonds that undergo among Jews and ecu civilization.
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The United Jewish Appeal, in its campaigns to increase fund-raising among American Jews, emphasizes Jewish unity and vulnerability to 16 | Introduction make American Jews feel responsible for their embattled brethren around the world. ” In contrast, as the Jewish Studies scholars Deborah Dash Moore and S. ” They are not alone. 33 Since the 1980s and 1990s, some Jews have searched for alternatives to Zionism and Israel as the bases of secular Jewish identity and new interest in the diversity of Jewish culture.
Israel’s dramatic victory changed its relationship with global Jewry. For Soviet Jews and other Jews who never left Eastern Europe, Jews who were made invisible by the ghosts haunting global Jewry or were silenced by the Cold War, Zionism was a way to assert Jewishness and was a common way of expressing dissent. Jews in the Soviet Union, and throughout the Eastern bloc, celebrated the 1967 victory and began clamoring for the right to emigrate, especially as anti-Zionist politics became an important facet of Communist political rhetoric.
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A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry by Mark Kurlansky