By Markus Krah
The postwar a long time weren't the “golden period” during which American Jews simply partook within the spiritual revival, liberal consensus, and suburban middle-class convenience. really it used to be a interval marked via restlessness and lack of confidence born of the surprise in regards to the Holocaust and of the unheard of possibilities in American society. American Jews answered to loss and chance through obsessively attractive with the East ecu prior. The proliferation of spiritual texts on conventional spirituality, translations of Yiddish literature, old essays , photos and records of shtetl tradition, theatrical and musical occasions, culminating within the Broadway musical Fiddler at the Roof, illustrate the grip of this previous on post-1945 American Jews. This learn exhibits how American Jews reimagined their East eu previous to make it usable for his or her American current. by way of rewriting their East eu heritage, they created a repertoire of pictures, tales, and concepts that experience formed American Jewry to at the present time.
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