Jews and Non-Jews: Memories and Interactions from the by Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pedich, Jacek Partyka

By Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pedich, Jacek Partyka

The e-book provides new stories of thoughts and interactions among Jews and non-Jews to the ancient and cultural learn in this subject. It gathers in a single quantity the result of paintings via students from numerous nations, whereas the themes of the articles conceal numerous disciplines: heritage, sociology, psychology, literary and language reports. the explicit issues discuss with the cultures and interactions with non-Jews in locations reminiscent of Kiev, Vienna, eire, Springfield, Sosúa in addition to replicate upon interactions in literary texts via Czesław Milosz and different Polish writers, a few modern Jewish-American novelists and South American writers. ultimately there are texts bearing on the adventure of the Holocaust and the post-Holocaust trauma in addition to German-Israeli and Polish-Jewish kin and background.

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2). The contrasting character of individual towns and cities, owing to broader social, cultural and economic circumstances, has been crucial in determining the nature of relations between the various Jewish communities and wider Irish society. Wherever Jews settled in Ireland, daily relations with the host community appear to have been marked by a generally unacknowledged ambivalence, which varied in nature and intensity according to setting. Finally, it should be noted that, although little documentation or information has survived concerning constructions of Jewishness that may have existed outside of the Irish communal mainstream, we should not necessarily take this to mean that there have been no alternative expressions of Jewish identity in Ireland.

Since none of the plays which I perused refer to religious beliefs or activities as an indicator of Jewishness, I conceived of Jewishness as an ensemble of traits which distinguish Jews from non-Jews; consequentially, I comprehended Jewish consciousness as an awareness of, or even identification with, these marks of difference. As I was able to demonstrate, this ‘Jewish difference’ was volatile, permanently changing, hard to pin down to something concrete, and therefore elusive. In order to confirm the thesis of a connection between the described ‘Jewish difference’ in the texts and the Jewishness of the authors, I compared the latters’ biographies with the Jewish characters in the plays.

Therefore, as mentioned above, popular culture represents a paradigmatic field in which Jewish and nonJewish cooperation and entanglement – instead of Jewish acculturation – can be brought to light. 4 See above all Hundert, Gerson David: The Jews in a Polish Private Town: The Case of Opatów in the Eighteenth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press 1991. Presner, Todd Samuel: Mobile Identity. Germans, Jews, Trains. New York: Columbia University Press 2007. ): Wien und die jüdische Erfahrung 1900–1938.

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