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    Regrowth: Seven Tales of Jewish Life Before, During and After Nazi Occupation (Northwestern World Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Der Nister, Translated by Erik Butler

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    DescriptionThe seven stories that compose Regrowth (Vidervuks) might shock readers familiar with accounts of the Holocaust marked by mournful and sentimental overtones. Although the outcome is often terrible, Der Nister's characters refuse to accept the role of victim. Likewise, the monstrosity of the perpetrators is not at issue: the Nazis may be abominable, but they do not warrant attention for longer than a savage animal would. Der Nister is drawn to parties capable of moral decision--and their dilemmas often feature an opponent that is inside one's own people, inside oneself. "Flora," for example, follows a father and daughter through the Nazi invasion and later Soviet occupation of a Polish-Jewish city. Der Nister paints a sympathetic portrait of the father, a member of the Jewish Council, even though he collaborates with the Nazis in a misguided attempt to help his people. To repair the father's mistake, his daughter joins the resistance, seduces a traitor, and delivers him to his death. Accounts are settled within the Jewish community. The Nazi enemy is largely passed over in the silence his infamy deserves. Der Nister's characters are crafty, and they do not hesitate to use force when necessary. After the defeat of the Nazis and Soviet takeover, Der Nister suggests, the maneuvering will continue. The morally complex characters and richly layered stories of Regrowth ultimately reclaim a more nuanced view of crimes still not fully reckoned.

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    Seven Tales of Jewish Life Before, During and After Nazi Occupation
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Der Nister, Translated by Erik Butler
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 300
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    ISBN 13: 9780810127364
    ISBN 10: 0810127369

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: FYT
    BIC E4L: TRA
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    Ingram Theme: RELI/JUDAIC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 06
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 48
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 839.133
    BISAC V2.8: FIC046000, FIC000000
    LC classification: PJ5129.K27 V513 2011
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: FBA, FYT, FYB
    Northwestern University Press
    Imprint name
    Northwestern University Press
    Publication date
    15 May 2011
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    Author Information
    Der Nister (1884-1950) was the penname of Pinchas Kahanovich, a Yiddish poet and novelist. His best-known work is The Family Mashber. Erik Butler is Assistant Professor of German Studies at Emory University.