By Mark Kurlansky

A robust, DEEPLY relocating NARRATIVE OF desire REBORN
IN THE SHADOW OF DESPAIR

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 very important 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 take care of an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the unfold of Arab terrorism, and the influence of the Jewish nation on ecu life.

Delving into the intimate tales of ecu Jews from all walks of lifestyles, Kurlansky weaves jointly a shiny tapestry of people maintaining their traditions, and flourishing, within the shadow of heritage. An inspiring tale of a tenacious those who 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 eu civilization.

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

“I can think about no publication that portrays with such intelligence, ancient knowing, and journalistic aptitude what existence has been like for Jews decided to construct lives in Europe.”
–SUSAN MIRON
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Both countries were occupied by the Nazis. Both countries had organized resistance but a general population that cooperated in the removal of more than ninety percent of its Jewish population. One difference was that in Holland the Nazis could count on the help of a home-grown Nazi movement whereas there was no such movement in Poland. And yet the few remaining Jews in Holland do not have to constantly justify their existence in their own country. Holland is not filled with Jewish tourists openly displaying contempt for the Dutch.

The West Germans, unlovingly known in the East as the Wessies, arrived with their own brand of Wiedergutmachung, making it good again. It was all so nice before the Communists and the Nazis, they said, couldn't we just put it back the way it was. Since the reunification of Germany—that is the term always used because it has been unified before—the Wessies have been rushing into the bombed-out parts of the East such as Dresden and the center of Berlin and rebuilding, making Germany historic and lovely again and, in so doing, removing those East German reminders of unlovely history.

While France still struggles with its history of Nazi collaboration, the majority of both Jews and non-Jews there were born since the Liberation. More than half of French Jews are either from North Africa or related to North African Jews who did not directly experience the Holocaust. Today French Jews feel secure enough to do what Jews do, fight among themselves—angry arguments over such subjects as the future of Israel. While the large French Jewish population debates endlessly, the tiny surviving Polish Jewish population remains a topic of endless debate—the Jewish question, which, in reality, is the Polish question.

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