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Turning the Kaleidoscope

Perspectives on European Jewry

Edited by Sandra H. Lustig and Ian Leveson

252 pages,

ISBN  978-1-84545-076-2 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (May 2006)

ISBN  978-1-84545-535-4 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (March 2008)

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Reviews

“...with its assertiveness as well as the confidence and sense of excitement expressed on its pages, the volume is in itself a document of the tremendous change that has occurred in Europe. The multicultural Europe that appears to be emerging will indeed possess a different culture from the humanist universalism (or worse) of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which could not tolerate Jewish difference. And it is conceivable that, as this volume claims, a recovering European Jewry will develop its own voice and weight at a time when Diaspora Jewries worldwide are moving beyond the Israel- and Shoah-focused identities of the postwar era.”   ·  European History Quarterly

“...a valuable contribution to the study of postwar Jewish life. In attempting to reverse popular misperceptions about the fate of continental Jewry after World War II, it enables readers to hear ‘voices’ that have been ignored for too long.”  ·  Shofar

Description

Far from being a blank space on the Jewish map, or a void in the Jewish cultural world, post-Shoah Europe is a place where Jewry has continued to develop, even though it is facing different challenges and opportunities than elsewhere. Living on a continent characterized by highly diverse patterns of culture, language, history, and relations to Jews, European Jewry mirrors that kaleidoscopic diversity. This volume explores such key questions as the new roles for Jews in Europe; models of Jewish community organization in Europe; concepts of diaspora and galut; a European-Jewish way of life in the era of globalization; and European Jews' relationship to Israel and to non-Jews. Some contributions highlight experiences of Jews in Britain, Sweden, Norway, Hungary, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands. Helping us to understand the special and common characteristics of European Jewry, this collection offers a valuable contribution to the continued rebuilding of Jewish life in the postwar era.

The daughter of German-Jewish refugees, Sandra Lustig was born in the US and lives in Germany. She works as a free-lance consultant, translator and editor. Her Jewish activities include founding and running a Jewish Stammtisch, an informal monthly gathering of Jews in Berlin; leading sessions at various Jewish conferences; and serving on the Executive Committee of Bet Debora for the 2009 conference in Sofia.

Ian Leveson, Scottish computer specialist, social, Jewish, and environmental activist, sees Germany through British and Jewish eyes, and Jewry through European eyes. His research interests include Jewry's adjustment to European integration, economic liberalization, and Globalization. He has participated in a number of grassroots initiatives to rebuild "Jewish civil society" in Berlin.

Subject: Jewish Studies General Cultural Studies
Area: Europe



Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction
Sandra Lustig and Ian Leveson

PART I: OVERARCHING QUESTIONS

Chapter 1. A New Role for Jews in Europe: Challenges and Responsibilities
Diana Pinto

Chapter 2. European Models of Community: Can Ambiguity Help?
Clive A. Lawton

Chapter 3. Concepts of Diaspora and Galut
Michael Galchinsky

Chapter 4. ‘Homo Zappiens’: A European-Jewish Way of Life in the Era of Globalisation
Lars Dencik

Chapter 5. Israel and Diaspora: From Solution to Problem
Göran Rosenberg

PART II: INNER-JEWISH CONCERNS: REBUILDING AND CONTINUITY

Chapter 6. Left Over – Living after the Shoah: (Re-)building Jewish Life in Europe. A Panel Discussion
Sandra Lustig

Chapter 7. Debora’s Disciples: AWomen’s Movement as an Expression of Renewing Jewish Life in Europe
Lara Dämmig and Elisa Klapheck

Chapter 8. A Jewish Cultural Renascence in Germany?
Y. Michal Bodemann

PART III: THE JEWISH SPACE IN EUROPE

Chapter 9. The Jewish Space in Europe
Diana Pinto

Chapter 10. Caught between Civil Society and the Cultural Market: Jewry and the Jewish Space in Europe. A Response to Diana Pinto
Ian Leveson and Sandra Lustig

Chapter 11. ‘The Germans Will Never Forgive the Jews for Auschwitz’. When Things Go Wrong in the Jewish Space: The Case of the Walser-Bubis Debate
Sandra Lustig

Notes on Contributors
Index

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