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A second chance : the making of Yiddish Melbourne

Author: Margaret Taft; Andrew Markus
Publisher: Clayton, Victoria : Monash University Publishing, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : [CA & US version]View all editions and formats
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"They came from an old world to a new land. The Yiddish speakers from Eastern Europe brought few material possessions but clung to a language and a culture that defined who they were, a way of life that had endured pogroms, persecution and a genocide that pushed them to the brink of extinction. Melbourne gave them a second chance at life, an opportunity to rebuild a secular Yiddish world that sat at the core of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Taft, Margaret.
Second chance.
Clayton, Victoria : Monash University Publishing, [2018]
(OCoLC)1032352276
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Taft; Andrew Markus
ISBN: 1925495868 9781925495867
OCLC Number: 1066739133
Description: 1 online resource (345 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Contents: Front Cover; Front Matter; Title Page; Imprint and Copyright Information; Poem --
Smugglers; Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction; Contents; Images; Part One. A New Home; 1. Arrival; 2. Where Are We?; 3. Old World, New World; 4. Yiddish ­Under The Southern Cross; 5. Politics --
'If Every­one Pulled In One Direction, The World Would Tip Over'; 6. Escape; Part Two. Redefinitions: The Holocaust and Israel; 7. 'In A Moment Of Crisis . . . ​Divisions Dis­appeared'; 8. Worst Fears Confirmed; 9. She'Erit Hapletach, The Surviving Remnant; 10. Australian Responses; 11. Nightmares 12. Ties That Bind: Landsmanshaftn13. Israel: The Game-Changer; Part Three. Generations; 14. 'The Pursuit Of Happiness'; 15. Parnoseh --
Earning A Living; 16. Zenith; 17. Signs of Change; 18. 'Yiddish has not Yet said its Last Word'; Bibliography; Index; About the Authors; Back Cover
Responsibility: Margaret Taft and Andrew Markus.

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"They came from an old world to a new land. The Yiddish speakers from Eastern Europe brought few material possessions but clung to a language and a culture that defined who they were, a way of life that had endured pogroms, persecution and a genocide that pushed them to the brink of extinction. Melbourne gave them a second chance at life, an opportunity to rebuild a secular Yiddish world that sat at the core of their existence. Hardship had taught these Jews to be resilient, fiercely independent and great institution builders. A community centre quickly became the beating heart of Yiddish Melbourne. The arts flourished, newspapers were launched and schools were established. But these immigrants also brought their competing political ideals, hotly contested notions of what it meant to be a Jew and how to live life in this furthest corner of the world. Their arrival in Melbourne was not always welcomed. The Australian authorities only grudgingly accepted them as immigrants, in restricted numbers and under the sponsorship of Jews already living here. Yiddish speakers, with their boisterous demeanour and high visibility challenged the authority of the established Jewish community, which traced its origins to the first settlement and which believed that 'blending in' was the antidote to antisemitism. Using the voices of the immigrants themselves and archival sources, the authors give a compelling account of how these Yiddish speakers came to shape, change and define an entire community"--Back cover.

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