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By Markus Krah

The postwar many years weren't the “golden period” within which American Jews simply partook within the non secular revival, liberal consensus, and suburban middle-class convenience. relatively it was once a interval marked via restlessness and lack of confidence born of the surprise in regards to the Holocaust and of the exceptional possibilities in American society. American Jews replied to loss and chance by way of obsessively attractive with the East ecu previous. The proliferation of spiritual texts on conventional spirituality, translations of Yiddish literature, ancient essays , photos and files 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 research indicates how American Jews reimagined their East eu earlier to make it usable for his or her American current. through rewriting their East ecu background, they created a repertoire of pictures, tales, and concepts that experience formed American Jewry to at the present time.

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