April 5, 2018

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

By Y. Michal Bodemann

ISBN-10: 0822334100

ISBN-13: 9780822334101

ISBN-10: 0822334216

ISBN-13: 9780822334217

Immediately after the Holocaust, it appeared impossible Jewish neighborhood could rebuild in Germany. What was incredible has now come to move: Germany is domestic to at least one of Europe’s such a lot shiny Jewish groups, and it has the quickest starting to be Jewish immigrant inhabitants of any state on this planet outdoor Israel. by means of sharing the existence tales of contributors of 1 Jewish family—the Kalmans—Y. Michal Bodemann presents an intimate examine what it's prefer to reside 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 struggle. They outfitted new lives and a big company; they each one married and had childrens. during the last fifteen years Bodemann performed large interviews with the Kalmans, usually with the survivors’ ten teenagers, who have been born among 1948 and 1964. In those oral histories, he stocks their suggestions on Judaism, paintings, relatives, and group. Staying in Germany isn't a given; 4 of the 10 cousins stay in Israel and the United States.

Among the Kalman cousins are an paintings gallery proprietor, a physique builder, a radio character, a former leader monetary officer of a favorite U.S. financial institution, and a sculptor. They speak about Zionism, anti-Semitism, what it capacity to root for the German football staff, Schindler’s List, funds, luck, marriage and intermarriage, and family members heritage. They show their varied 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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