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Telling the stories of European Jews in the aftermath of the Holocaust, Kurlansky's powerful narrative explores the lives of Jewish people who remained or returned to their homes in Europe after World War II. Now with a new introduction by the author, A Chosen Few explores the many reasons why Jews migrated back to cities such as Berlin, Prague, Amsterdam, Paris, Warsaw, and Budapest. Mark Kurlansky interviewed over 100 Jews from various economic classes, political orientations, and degrees of religious enthusiasm to illuminate why these people have chosen to return to societies where they suffered immeasurable horrors, and how they have set about rebuilding their lives to thrive and prosper, often in the face of racism and hate.
“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
Table of Contents:
Introduction 2002; Introduction 1994; Prologue: The Fifth Son in Berlin; PART ONE: The Bread Years; From Lodz to Paris; Liberated Paris; Liberated Antwerp; Liberated Budapest; Liberated Prague; Liberated Poland; Liberated Amsterdam; PART TWO: Broygez in the Cold War; From Lodz to Dusseldorf; From the Lowlands to Palestine; In the New Berlin; In Czechoslovakia; From Moscow to Warsaw; In Budapest; From Moscow to Berlin; PART THREE: '68; From North Africa; In Paris; West Germany and the Promised Land; Passing in Warsaw; Czechoslovakian Summer; PART FOUR: Rite of Passage; East German Autumn; In Budapest; In Warsaw and Cracow; PART FIVE: The Silence; Belgium, On a Bank of the Yser; In Antwerp; In Paris; PART SIX: Europe, New Again; In Poland; In Budapest; In the Czech Republic; The New Slovak Republic; In Antwerp; In Paris; In Amsterdam; In Berlin and the New Bananerepublik; Epilogue: Freedom in the Marais; Appendix: Jewish Populations in Europe; Bibliography; Index; Acknowledgments; A Reader's Guide