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"Displays the complete variety of proficient, 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 attention-grabbing anthology whose essays crystallize the main salient good points of yank Jewish existence within the moment 1/2 the 20 th century."---Beth S. Wenger, Katz relations affiliate Professor of yankee Jewish background and Director of the Jewish reviews application, college of Pennsylvania Written via students who grew up after international warfare II and the Holocaust who participated in political struggles within the Sixties and Seventies and who articulated a number of the formative recommendations of recent Jewish stories, 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 international battle II, spiritual pluralism and authenticity, intermarriage and Jewish continuity. therefore, it deals 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 experiences and Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of historical past on the collage of Michigan.

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One quick furlough home" to Chicago convinced writer Clancy Sigal "that my beloved old neighborhood was a slummy shtetl, my hangout pals narrow-minded schlumps. "77 Like Sigal, these footloose young men sought greener pastures, a fresh future filled with promise, a chance to try something new freed from familiar constraints. They remembered the other America they had glimpsed during training, or en route to the Pacific war theater, or perhaps while recovering from a wound. With a brash self-confidence they decided to pioneer thousands of miles away from home.

Dawidowicz, On Equal Terms: Jews in America, I88I-I98I (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1982), 129. 29. Quoted in Moses Kligsberg, "American Jewish Soldiers on Jews and Judaism," YIVO Annual of Jewish Social Science 5 (1950): 264. 30. Quoted in Marianne Sanua, "From the Pages of the Victory Bulletin," YIVO Annual of Jewish Social Science 19 (1990): 308. 31. Jews from small towns discovered how different New York Jews were. 32. "Ben Zion," pseudonym of David Macarov, entry no. II, YIVO Essay Contest: My Experiences and Observations as aJew and a Soldier in World War II, 18-19, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York.

Participation in the service interrupted the lives of many young Jews. Some found it impossible to return home to pick up the tangled threads of family, work, and education that had been attenuated during their military years. Their war experience had unsettled them; they had seen too much to resume their mundane lives where they had left them. "One quick furlough home" to Chicago convinced writer Clancy Sigal "that my beloved old neighborhood was a slummy shtetl, my hangout pals narrow-minded schlumps.

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