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Y. Michal Bodemann's A Jewish Family in Germany Today: An Intimate Portrait PDF

By Y. Michal Bodemann

Immediately after the Holocaust, it appeared unimaginable Jewish neighborhood might rebuild in Germany. What was unbelievable has now come to move: Germany is domestic to at least one of Europe’s so much brilliant Jewish groups, and it has the quickest transforming into Jewish immigrant inhabitants of any state on the planet outdoor Israel. via sharing the lifestyles tales of individuals of 1 Jewish family—the Kalmans—Y. Michal Bodemann presents an intimate examine what it really is wish to dwell as a Jew in Germany at the present time. Having survived focus camps in Poland, 4 Kalman siblings—three brothers and a sister—were left stranded in Germany after the warfare. They equipped new lives and a huge firm; they each one married and had youngsters. during the last fifteen years Bodemann carried out vast interviews with the Kalmans, as a rule with the survivors’ ten little ones, who have been born among 1948 and 1964. In those oral histories, he stocks their strategies on Judaism, paintings, relatives, and neighborhood. Staying in Germany isn't really a given; 4 of the 10 cousins dwell in Israel and the United States.

Among the Kalman cousins are an artwork gallery proprietor, a physique builder, a radio character, a former leader monetary officer of a sought after U.S. financial institution, and a sculptor. They speak about Zionism, anti-Semitism, what it skill to root for the German football workforce, Schindler’s List, cash, luck, marriage and intermarriage, and relatives heritage. They exhibit their diversified degrees of engagement with Judaism and involvement with neighborhood Jewish groups. Kalman is a pseudonym, and their anonymity permits the kin to speak with ardour and candor approximately their relationships and their lives as Jews.

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