By Mark Kurlansky
A robust, DEEPLY relocating NARRATIVE OF desire REBORN
IN THE SHADOW OF DESPAIR
Fifty years after it used to be bombed to rubble, Berlin is once more a urban during which Jews assemble for the Passover seder. Paris and Antwerp have lately emerged as vital 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 value. one of the unforeseen hazards, they've got needed to focus on an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the unfold of Arab terrorism, and the influence of the Jewish nation on eu life.
Delving into the intimate tales of ecu Jews from all walks of existence, Kurlansky weaves jointly a brilliant tapestry of people maintaining their traditions, and flourishing, within the shadow of background. 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 ecu civilization.
“Consistently soaking up . . . A selected Few investigates the really uncharted territory of an encouraging phenomenon.”
–Los Angeles occasions
“I can think about no publication that portrays with such intelligence, old realizing, and journalistic aptitude what existence has been like for Jews made up our minds to construct lives in Europe.”
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Extra resources for A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
But no one wants to write about Belgium. Understandably, the French love to write about France. So do Americans. And so they continue to expose the already well-documented French collaboration. While France still struggles with its history of Nazi collaboration, the majority of both Jews and non-Jews there were born since the Liberation. More than half of French Jews are either from North Africa or related to North African Jews who did not directly experience the Holocaust. Today French Jews feel secure enough to do what Jews do, fight among themselves—angry arguments over such subjects as the future of Israel.
The two fish vendors, realizing that there were far more customers than fish, angrily marched outside and shouted, “There will be no fish for Jews. ” After the Jews left, the line was only a little smaller. The two men had to think of something else. The customers were stamping their feet to stay warm, but they were keeping their places. The two sheepishly emerged from their storefront forty minutes later. “I'm sorry, but we only have enough fish for party members. ” This time about two thirds of the line left.
But two people I interviewed are well-known political activists: one has an international literary reputation. A few are well-known leaders in their communities, because such people, after all, are highly representative of European Jews. There are atheists, Yom Kippur Jews, and Hasids. Any Jew in Europe is a representative of European Jewry. Wherever possible, I have tried to verify facts, and while most of the stories seemed truthful, there were a few rare interviews that I eliminated because the stories did not check out.
A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Mark Kurlansky