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    DescriptionA POWERFUL, DEEPLY MOVING NARRATIVE OF HOPE REBORN IN THE SHADOW OF DESPAIR Fifty years after it was bombed to rubble, Berlin is once again a city in which Jews gather for the Passover seder. Paris and Antwerp have recently emerged as important new centers of Jewish culture. Small but proud Jewish communities are revitalizing the ancient centers of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. These brave, determined Jewish men and women have chosen to settle-or remain-in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust, but they have paid a price. Among the unexpected dangers, they have had to cope with an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the spread of Arab terrorism, and the impact of the Jewish state on European life. Delving into the intimate stories of European Jews from all walks of life, Kurlansky weaves together a vivid tapestry of individuals sustaining their traditions, and flourishing, in the shadow of history. An inspiring story of a tenacious people who have rebuilt their lives in the face of incomprehensible horror, "A Chosen Few "is a testament to cultural survival and a celebration of the deep bonds that endure between Jews and European civilization. "Consistently absorbing . . . "A Chosen Few" investigates the relatively uncharted territory of an encouraging phenomenon." "-Los Angeles Times " "I can think of no book that portrays with such intelligence, historical understanding, and journalistic flair what life has been like for Jews determined to build lives in Europe." -SUSAN MIRON "Forward "


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    Title
    A Chosen Few
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Kurlansky
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780345448149
    ISBN 10: 0345448146
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFSR1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
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    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET120
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/JUDAIC, CULT/EEUROP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS022000
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/HOLOCT
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010010, HIS043000
    DC21: 940.04924
    DC22: 305.892
    Thema V1.0: JBSR, NHD
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Ballantine Books Inc.
    Publication date
    01 April 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Mark Kurlansky is the author of "Salt"; "The Basque History of the World"; the "New York Times" bestseller "Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World"; "A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Carribean Destiny"; and a collection of stories, "The White Man in the Tree." He is a regular contributor to the "Partisan Review." He has also written for the "International Herald Tribune," the "Chicago Tribune," "Harper's," and "The""New York Times Magazine," among other publications. He lives in New York City.
    Review quote
    "This book is a fascinating review of the changing life of Jews and Judaism and Europeans in general since the Second World War." "-Rocky Mountain News " "Kurlansky does an astonishingly informative job here, covering a vast array of individuals and communities throughout Europe, chronicling the economic, political, and cultural trends that reshaped and often played havoc with their lives and destinies. His descriptions of life in Antwerp, Paris, Budapest, and Amsterdam are superb, while his chapters on Poland are among the best I've read." -SUSAN MIRON "Forward " "A richly descriptive and insightful survey of post-Holocaust European Jewry . . . With a novelist's eye for irony and description, [Kurlansky] offers many moments of transcendence and humor; entertaining culture clashes between communists and capitalists, religious and secular, Zionists and diasporists. . . . A lively, penetrating follow-up to Holocaust readings that speaks volumes about the resiliency of the Jewish people." "-Kirkus Reviews " "Kurlansky's collection of case histories unfolds like a novel." "-The Jewish Advocate "
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    A POWERFUL, DEEPLY MOVING NARRATIVE OF HOPE REBORN IN THE SHADOW OF DESPAIR Fifty years after it was bombed to rubble, Berlin is once again a city in which Jews gather for the Passover seder. Paris and Antwerp have recently emerged as important new centers of Jewish culture. Small but proud Jewish communities are revitalizing the ancient centers of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. These brave, determined Jewish men and women have chosen to settle-or remain-in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust, but they have paid a price. Among the unexpected dangers, they have had to cope with an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the spread of Arab terrorism, and the impact of the Jewish state on European life. Delving into the intimate stories of European Jews from all walks of life, Kurlansky weaves together a vivid tapestry of individuals sustaining their traditions, and flourishing, in the shadow of history. An inspiring story of a tenacious people who have rebuilt their lives in the face of incomprehensible horror, "A Chosen Few is a testament to cultural survival and a celebration of the deep bonds that endure between Jews and European civilization. "Consistently absorbing . . . "A Chosen Few investigates the relatively uncharted territory of an encouraging phenomenon." "-Los Angeles Times "I can think of no book that portrays with such intelligence, historical understanding, and journalistic flair what life has been like for Jews determined to build lives in Europe." -SUSAN MIRON "Forward