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A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry

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A POWERFUL, DEEPLY MOVING NARRATIVE OF HOPE REBORN

IN THE SHADOW OF DESPAIR

Fifty years after it was bombed to rubble, Berlin is once again a city in which Jews gather for the Passover seder. Paris and Antwerp have recently emerged as important new centers of Jewish culture. Small but proud Jewish communities are revitalizing the ancient centers of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. These brave, determined Jewish men and women have chosen to settle-or remain-in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust, but they have paid a price. Among the unexpected dangers, they have had to cope with an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the spread of Arab terrorism, and the impact of the Jewish state on European life.

Delving into the intimate stories of European Jews from all walks of life, Kurlansky weaves together a vivid tapestry of individuals sustaining their traditions, and flourishing, in the shadow of history. An inspiring story of a tenacious people who have rebuilt their lives in the face of incomprehensible horror, A Chosen Few is a testament to cultural survival and a celebration of the deep bonds that endure between Jews and European civilization.

“Consistently absorbing . . . A Chosen Few investigates the relatively uncharted territory of an encouraging phenomenon.”

-Los Angeles Times

“I can think of no book that portrays with such intelligence, historical understanding, and journalistic flair what life has been like for Jews determined to build lives in Europe.”

-SUSAN MIRON

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Synopsis:

Fifty years after it was bombed to rubble, Berlin is once again a city in which Jews gather for the Passover Seder. Small but proud Jewish communities are revitalizing the ancient centers of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. These brave Jewish men and women have chosen to settle (or remain) in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust. Delving into their intimate stories, Kurlansky weaves together a vivid tapestry of a tenacious people who have rebuilt their lives in the face of incomprehensible horror. "A Chosen Few" is a testament to cultural survival — and a celebration of the deep bonds that endure between Jews and European civilization.

About the Author

Mark Kurlansky is the author of Salt; The Basque History of the World; the New York Times bestseller Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World; A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Carribean Destiny; and a collection of stories, The White Man in the Tree. He is a regular contributor to the Partisan Review. He has also written for the International Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, Harpers, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345448149
Author:
Kurlansky, Mark
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Eastern Europe
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust survivors
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
Eastern Europe - General
Subject:
World History-Holocaust
Subject:
history;europe;non-fiction;judaica
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
v. 2
Publication Date:
20020331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.26x5.52x1.02 in. .81 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Fifty years after it was bombed to rubble, Berlin is once again a city in which Jews gather for the Passover Seder. Small but proud Jewish communities are revitalizing the ancient centers of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. These brave Jewish men and women have chosen to settle (or remain) in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust. Delving into their intimate stories, Kurlansky weaves together a vivid tapestry of a tenacious people who have rebuilt their lives in the face of incomprehensible horror. "A Chosen Few" is a testament to cultural survival — and a celebration of the deep bonds that endure between Jews and European civilization.
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