A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry (Ballantine by Mark Kurlansky

By Mark Kurlansky

A strong, DEEPLY relocating NARRATIVE OF desire REBORN

Fifty years after it used to be bombed to rubble, Berlin is once more a urban during which Jews assemble for the Passover seder. Paris and Antwerp have lately emerged as vital new facilities of Jewish tradition. Small yet proud Jewish groups are revitalizing the traditional facilities of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. those courageous, decided Jewish women and men have selected to settle–or remain–in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust, yet they've got paid a value. one of the unforeseen risks, they've got needed to focus on an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the unfold of Arab terrorism, and the effect of the Jewish country on eu life.

Delving into the intimate tales of ecu Jews from all walks of lifestyles, Kurlansky weaves jointly a vibrant 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 suffer among Jews and ecu civilization.

“Consistently soaking up . . . A selected Few investigates the really uncharted territory of an encouraging phenomenon.”
–Los Angeles instances

“I can ponder no publication that portrays with such intelligence, historic figuring out, and journalistic aptitude what existence has been like for Jews made up our minds to construct lives in Europe.”

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A decade after reunification, Ossies and Wessies still look and think so differently that they are immediately distinguishable in a bar or on a street corner. The Ossies look defeated and the Wessies strut like conquerors. The demeanor, the body language, would betray them if the clothes and words didn't. The Ossie Jews who went back to build Communism and the Wessie Jews, who went back to earn money, along with their children, have remained even farther apart than non-Jewish Germans. The local Ossies, even the non-Jewish ones, showed little enthusiasm for the Wessies and their billions spent rebuilding the Frauenkirche.

One German journalist who had failed to make arrangements to cover this year's preparations asked Irene if she would do another seder next year. ” One of her favorite things about the Orthodox was their adherence to the ancient belief that one day the Mashiach, the Messiah, would come. This expectation of the Messiah is at the heart of a debate about the State of Israel. Some Orthodox, even some of those living in Israel, believe that a state of Israel should not be declared until the Messiah comes.

Thousands of Jews, along with half-Jews and would-be Jews, were now coming to Germany to escape anti-Semitism. In Germany they received housing and a living allowance. Between 1991 and 1993, Germany had given permission for 25,000 Soviet Jews to immigrate, and with less than half arrived, the Berlin Jewish Community was already 70 percent Russian. For the first time in half a century, there were more than just a small handful of Jews in Berlin. Many of these Russian Jews would have preferred to go to the United States, but Germany welcomed them and the United States didn't.

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