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By Markus Krah

The postwar many years weren't the “golden period” during which American Jews simply partook within the non secular revival, liberal consensus, and suburban middle-class convenience. particularly 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 remarkable possibilities in American society. American Jews replied to loss and chance by way of obsessively enticing with the East ecu earlier. The proliferation of spiritual texts on conventional spirituality, translations of Yiddish literature, historic essays , pictures and records of shtetl tradition, theatrical and musical occasions, culminating within the Broadway musical Fiddler at the Roof, illustrate the grip of this earlier on post-1945 American Jews. This learn exhibits how American Jews reimagined their East ecu earlier to make it usable for his or her American current. via rewriting their East eu background, they created a repertoire of pictures, tales, and concepts that experience formed American Jewry to this present day.

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