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By Mark Kurlansky
A robust, DEEPLY relocating NARRATIVE OF desire REBORN
IN THE SHADOW OF DESPAIR
Fifty years after it was once bombed to rubble, Berlin is once more a urban during which Jews assemble for the Passover seder. Paris and Antwerp have lately emerged as very important new facilities of Jewish tradition. Small yet proud Jewish groups are revitalizing the traditional facilities of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. those courageous, decided Jewish women and men have selected to settle–or remain–in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust, yet they've got paid a cost. one of the unforeseen risks, they've got needed to do something about an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the unfold of Arab terrorism, and the impression of the Jewish kingdom on eu life.
Delving into the intimate tales of ecu Jews from all walks of lifestyles, Kurlansky weaves jointly a shiny tapestry of people maintaining their traditions, and flourishing, within the shadow of historical past. An inspiring tale of a tenacious those that have rebuilt their lives within the face of incomprehensible horror, A selected Few is a testomony to cultural survival and a party of the deep bonds that undergo among Jews and eu civilization.
“Consistently soaking up . . . A selected Few investigates the really uncharted territory of an encouraging phenomenon.”
–Los Angeles occasions
“I can ponder no booklet that portrays with such intelligence, ancient realizing, and journalistic aptitude what existence has been like for Jews made up our minds to construct lives in Europe.”
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They were Communists, and they told her about the party. She fell in love with a German Jewish organizer, and joined the Communist party. In 1932, instead of being on a ship to Palestine, she was on a train to Berlin with her German Communist lover and a very different destiny. Three-quarters of a century later, a few weeks before the seder, a small group of Communists from the old Antifa-— the Antifascist Resistance Fighters, loyal East German Communists who had opposed the Nazis—took a tour of Israel.
I don't understand,” he said to Irene one day while they were koshering the kitchen. ” “Right,” said Irene in her blunt New York English. “Then they found out they didn't have jobs anymore. ” David, not an arguing man, gathered up the frizzy blond extremities of his beard, thought for an instant, then examined the ingredients listed on an apple juice label. To no one's surprise, he pronounced it unclean. Koshering the Kulturverein was a major undertaking. The dark prewar building consisted of several bright rooms that served a variety of functions—office, lounge, library, meeting room, dining room—with simple modern furniture.
Schneerson, who regularly predicted the coming of the Messiah and according to some of his followers was himself the Messiah, told Irene to get money and help from the official West German Jewish Community. Irene patiently pointed out that he was talking about West Germany, but she was in East Germany. What did this New York rabbi know about Germany? She patiently explained, “But Rebbe, I am in East Berlin, you know. ” ‘Yes, yes, yes. I know,” replied the Rebbe in his Yiddish-inflected English.
A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Mark Kurlansky