By Mark Kurlansky
A strong, 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 within 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, made up our minds 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 hazards, 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 eu 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 fairly uncharted territory of an encouraging phenomenon.”
–Los Angeles occasions
“I can consider no publication that portrays with such intelligence, old knowing, and journalistic aptitude what existence has been like for Jews made up our minds to construct lives in Europe.”
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The Poles stubbornly fight for their victim status. Even the Germans hope that somehow Dresden gives them a chance for victim status. The Jews of Dresden in the former East Germany have recently found their real life in Germany and their metaphorical one at cross purposes. Across the wide and curving Elbe, in the Baroque historic city center, where blackened sandstone fairies cavort from ancient rooftops, workers waddle by, clearing debris with wheelbarrows. S. Army Air Force. Initially, the German police claimed 18,000 dead.
Said Konstanty Gebert. At the time A Chosen Few was being researched, Gebert had taken to wearing a yarmulke when at home in his central Warsaw apartment. In those days he would not wear it on the street. Now he does. Occasionally Poles come up to him, not to abuse him, but to say how pleased they are that today a Jew is free to wear a varmulke on the streets of Poland. Polish Jewish writer Julian Stryjkowski in a recent speech described how when growing up in Galicia he spoke only Yiddish. ” The other children would laugh.
Mia, who had a radar that always led her to people with troubles, noticed that the woman looked depressed, and she found out that like two million other people in the former GDR, her job had been eliminated. It had happened only the day before, and the woman was very upset. Mia, slightly stooped with age, stood up at the Social Democrats’ meeting and in simple language told them that these were bad times for Germany. She had seen bad times before, she said, but she had never doubted that a better society could be built.