By Deborah Dash Moore
"Displays the complete variety of educated, considerate opinion at the position of Jews within the American politics of identity."---David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of yankee background, college of California, Berkeley "A interesting anthology whose essays crystallize the main salient positive aspects of yankee Jewish existence within the moment half the 20th century."---Beth S. Wenger, Katz relations affiliate Professor of yank Jewish historical past and Director of the Jewish stories application, college of Pennsylvania Written via students who grew up after international warfare II and the Holocaust who participated in political struggles within the Sixties and Seventies and who articulated a number of the formative strategies of recent Jewish experiences, this anthology offers a window into an period of social swap. those women and men are one of the major students of Jewish background, society and culture. The quantity is prepared round contested issues in American Jewish lifestyles: the Holocaust and international struggle II, spiritual pluralism and authenticity, intermarriage and Jewish continuity. therefore, it deals one of many few possibilities for college kids to benefit approximately those debates from player scholars. Contributors:Hasia R. DinerArnold M. EisenSylvia Barack FishmanArthur GreenJeffrey GurockPaula E. HymanEgon MayerAlvin H. RosenfeldJonathan D. SarnaStephen J. Whitfield Deborah sprint Moore is Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel middle for Judaic reports and Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of historical past on the collage of Michigan.
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One would think that six decades after the end of World War II this basic question would be settled, but in fact it has not been. Nor has there been consensus on any of a number of other related issues. Indeed, any comparative study of the histories of World War II in different countries will quickly show that national myths and reigning ideologies have shaped the memory of the war years in diverse and often sharply contrasting ways. Over the longest period of time visitors to Poland and the remains of the Auschwitz camp system would find that the presentation of the main camp had been organized along lines meant to serve a largely Polish national interest.
Finally, national Jewish organizations, from fraternal orders to Zionist groups, participated through their branches in local city life. IS Although few Jews growing up in the big cities in the 1930S were aware of the extent and diversity of Jewish organizational activity, most participated in public expressions of Jewishness, and many engaged in activities under Jewish auspices. Urban Jews knew about synagogues, even if they did not attend them, as most did not; indeed, they were as likely to walk by them on the streets as they were to pass a church.
Peppercorn, interview, 13. 77. Sigal, "Hollywood," 46. 78. Abraham G. Duker, "On Religious Trends in American Jewish Life," YIVO An- nual of Jewish Social Science 4 (1949): 62-63. 79. Alan M. Fisher, "Jewish Organizational Leaders, the Jewish Laity, and Non-Jewish Neighbors in Los Angeles: A Demographic and Socio-Political Comparison," Wilstein Institute Research Report, fall 1993, iv-v. 80. Douglas Feiden, "Jewish Charities Turn to Priorities at Home," The Forward, March 25, 1994, 4. 81. Abraham G.