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Krah, Markus

American Jewry and the Re-Invention of the East European Jewish Past

Series:New Perspectives on Modern Jewish History 9

DE GRUYTER OLDENBOURG

    89,95 € / $103.99 / £82.00*

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    Publication Date:
    November 2017
    Copyright year:
    2018
    ISBN
    978-3-11-049943-8
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    Aims and Scope

    The postwar decades were not the “golden era” in which American Jews easily partook in the religious revival, liberal consensus, and suburban middle-class comfort. Rather it was a period marked by restlessness and insecurity born of the shock about the Holocaust and of the unprecedented opportunities in American society. American Jews responded to loss and opportunity by obsessively engaging with the East European past. The proliferation of religious texts on traditional spirituality, translations of Yiddish literature, historical essays , photographs and documents of shtetl culture, theatrical and musical events, culminating in the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, illustrate the grip of this past on post-1945 American Jews. This study shows how American Jews reimagined their East European past to make it usable for their American present. By rewriting their East European history, they created a repertoire of images, stories, and ideas that have shaped American Jewry to this day.

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    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    , 290 pages
    30 Fig.
    DE GRUYTER OLDENBOURG
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Monograph
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    Markus Krah, School of Jewish Theology, University of Potsdam.

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