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American Jewry and the re-invention of the East European Jewish past

Author: Markus Krah
Publisher: Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter Oldenbourg, [2018] ©2018
Series: New perspectives on modern Jewish history, v. 9.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the postwar years, American Jews obsessively engaged their East European past. In sermons, historical essays, literary criticism, political pamphlets, photography, and theater they made this past usable for their American present. The study traces this obsession to a sense of insecurity after the Holocaust and of opportunity in America. As American Jews redefined their identity, they created images that have  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: (GyWOH)har175022618
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Markus Krah
ISBN: 9783110499926 3110499924
OCLC Number: 1013873238
Notes: Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral)--Jewish Theological Seminary, New York.
Description: xiii, 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The search for new modes of Jewishness in postwar America --
Launching a discourse : YIVO’s bridge from the Old World to the New --
New (York) Jewish intellectuals : the past as culture --
Religious culture as an antidote to liberal Judaism and secular Jewishness --
Spiritual needs, the past, and the denominational landscape --
From East European radicalism to postwar American progressivism --
Presenting a rich Jewish culture : the eternal light and life Is with people --
Making Jewishness meaningful : in school and in Hasidism --
Tevye in Kasrilevke, the Fiddler in America : East European Jewishness in literature --
Conclusion. Re-inventing Jewishness out of memory.
Series Title: New perspectives on modern Jewish history, v. 9.
Responsibility: Markus Krah.

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In the postwar years, American Jews obsessively engaged their East European past. In sermons, historical essays, literary criticism, political pamphlets, photography, and theater they made this past usable for their American present. The study traces this obsession to a sense of insecurity after the Holocaust and of opportunity in America. As American Jews redefined their identity, they created images that have shaped the community to this day.

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