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The wandering Jews

Author: Joseph Roth
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©2001.
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"Roth examined the concept of Jewish identity years before the onset of National Socialism and looked ahead with apprehension to Germany's future. Emotionally ravaged by the whirlwind events of Weimar Germany, he dared to write about the historical schism between Eastern and Western Jews, warning of the false comforts of materialism and assimilation and urging his fellow Jews to embrace their heritage and the land
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Roth
ISBN: 0393049019 9780393049015 039332270X 9780393322705
OCLC Number: 44405895
Description: xix, 146 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Contents: Eastern European Jews in the West --2. The Jewish Shtetl --
Ghettoes in the West: Vienna, Berlin, Paris --4. A Jew emigrates to America --5. The condition of the Jews in Soviet Russia.
Other Titles: Juden auf Wanderschaft.
Responsibility: Joseph Roth ; translated by Michael Hofmann.

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"Roth examined the concept of Jewish identity years before the onset of National Socialism and looked ahead with apprehension to Germany's future. Emotionally ravaged by the whirlwind events of Weimar Germany, he dared to write about the historical schism between Eastern and Western Jews, warning of the false comforts of materialism and assimilation and urging his fellow Jews to embrace their heritage and the land of Palestine as a nascent Jewish homeland. As one of Berlin's most eminent journalists, he traveled throughout Europe and composed these essays with both an exigency and restrained contemplation that have earned him comparisons to his more celebrated contemporaries, Thomas Mann and Isaac Babel.".

"By the mid-1930s, as anti-Semitism crested and Roth fled Germany for what he thought were safer climes in Paris, he became increasingly desperate and hobbled by alcoholism. He had tremendous difficulties securing a German publisher, and his powerful 1937 preface, written for what he hoped would be the second edition of The Wandering Jews and included here, was never published in his lifetime."--BOOK JACKET.

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