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