By Deborah Dash Moore
"Displays the total variety of knowledgeable, considerate opinion at the position of Jews within the American politics of identity."---David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of yankee historical past, collage of California, Berkeley "A interesting anthology whose essays crystallize the main salient beneficial properties of yankee Jewish existence within the moment half the 20th century."---Beth S. Wenger, Katz relatives affiliate Professor of yankee Jewish heritage and Director of the Jewish stories application, college of Pennsylvania Written by means of students who grew up after global struggle II and the Holocaust who participated in political struggles within the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies and who articulated a number of the formative innovations of contemporary Jewish reviews, this anthology presents a window into an period of social swap. those women and men are one of the top students of Jewish background, society and culture. The quantity is prepared round contested topics in American Jewish lifestyles: the Holocaust and global warfare II, non secular pluralism and authenticity, intermarriage and Jewish continuity. hence, it bargains one of many few possibilities for college kids to profit 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 reviews and Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of background on the college of Michigan.
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This wasn't the United States of America. "74 Although the war failed to eradicate anti-Semitism in the United States, wartime propaganda discredited it and encouraged Jews to oppose it. Even Jews remaining at home identified the American victory as a Jewish one, feeling strengthened by it. The legal scholar Robert Burt remembers how as a youngster he celebrated V-E day in Philadelphia with his maternal grandfather, a "relentlessly secular" Russian Jewish immigrant. When the German surrender was announced in May 1945, he writes, "My grandfather immediately went into his basement and returned arms filled with small American flags, party hats, horns, and other noisemakers and bags of paper confetti.
76. 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.
They point to some eleven million dead. 6 This discrepancy in numbers is no small matter, for it reflects a major conceptual difference in what the Holocaust was and who is to be included among its victims-only the Jews or all of those who perished under the Nazi tyranny, including Polish political prisoners, Soviet soldiers, gypsies, homosexuals, the handicapped, the mentally ill, Jehovah's Witnesses, and others. 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.
American Jewish Identity Politics by Deborah Dash Moore