By Mark Kurlansky
A strong, DEEPLY relocating NARRATIVE OF wish REBORN
IN THE SHADOW OF DESPAIR
Fifty years after it used to be bombed to rubble, Berlin is once more a urban within 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 risks, they've got needed to deal with an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the unfold of Arab terrorism, and the effect of the Jewish kingdom on ecu life.
Delving into the intimate tales of ecu Jews from all walks of lifestyles, Kurlansky weaves jointly a vibrant 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 eu civilization.
“Consistently soaking up . . . A selected Few investigates the particularly uncharted territory of an encouraging phenomenon.”
–Los Angeles instances
“I can contemplate no booklet that portrays with such intelligence, old knowing, and journalistic aptitude what existence has been like for Jews decided to construct lives in Europe.”
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But even in Poland, a few Jews are trying to breathe life into the remnants of Jewry. The question arises—is often rudely asked— why a Jew would want to live in Poland. More than three million Jews were massacred there, the survivors were subjected to pogroms and attacked on trains, and finally a new regime that had promised to end racism unleashed its “anti-Zionist” campaigns. ” I wanted to know the answer to that rude question. I also wanted to know what price had been paid and what struggles waged over the past fifty years to stay and rebuild.
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.
Yes, yes, yes. I know,” replied the Rebbe in his Yiddish-inflected English. “But this will not stay. It will change. ” Seven months later, to the amazement of almost everyone but Schneerson, the wall came down. Now, for several weeks before Passover, Irene, who had never kept a kosher kitchen in her life, boasted to everyone she could find, in and out of the press, that her seder would be extremely Orthodox and strictly kosher. ” Only a few years before, she had thought that keeping kosher meant not eating pork.