By Markus Krah
The postwar many years weren't the “golden period” during which American Jews simply partook within the spiritual revival, liberal consensus, and suburban middle-class convenience. fairly it was once a interval marked via restlessness and lack of confidence born of the surprise in regards to the Holocaust and of the unheard of possibilities in American society. American Jews answered to loss and chance by means of obsessively enticing with the East ecu prior. The proliferation of non secular texts on conventional spirituality, translations of Yiddish literature, old essays , pictures and files of shtetl tradition, theatrical and musical occasions, culminating within the Broadway musical Fiddler at the Roof, illustrate the grip of this earlier on post-1945 American Jews. This learn exhibits how American Jews reimagined their East eu earlier to make it usable for his or her American current. through rewriting their East ecu background, they created a repertoire of pictures, tales, and concepts that experience formed American Jewry to today.
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American Jewry and the Re-Invention of the East European Jewish Past (New Perspectives on Modern Jewish History) by Markus Krah