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Life is With People: The Culture of the Shtetl

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Over many hundreds of years the Shtetl, the small-town Jewish community of Eastern Europe, developed a way of life uniquely its own, bearing witness to the rich creative powers of the Jewish people and its faith. Today the Shtetl no longer exists. 'Life is With People' is a study of this rich but vanished past.
Paperback, 452 pages
Published October 3rd 1995 by Schocken (first published January 1st 1962)
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Lewis Weinstein
Jun 22, 2015 Lewis Weinstein rated it really liked it
Published in 1952, it provides a rich overview on life in the Polish shtetls (villages) in the years before most of the Jews who lived there were murdered in the holocaust. Various aspects of shtetl life are presented, some quite charming, others not so much. For my purposes, there are many opportunities to develop scenes for my characters.
Jean Kelly
Apr 26, 2012 Jean Kelly rated it really liked it
Very interesting book written in the early '50s. It is an anthropologic study of the Shtetl by authors who thought they were describing a life style that had permanently been destroyed by WW II.
It was interesting to see how much of the culture described is still alive and well among the Jewish people.
Christine
Dec 16, 2009 Christine rated it liked it
A nice overview of shtetl life--not much here you couldn't learn by watching Fiddler on the Roof, but a few revelations about Jewish religious life--the chapter on the crowds around the Rebbes was interesting.
Nancybeisser
May 30, 2010 Nancybeisser rated it liked it
I'm really enjoying this view into life as experienced by my grandparents and greatparents! It's beautifully written.
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different cover c1952

introduction by Margaret Mead
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Dec 18, 2012 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I thought it was an amazingly informative and entertaining book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Dan Goodman
Sep 06, 2012 Dan Goodman rated it really liked it
Very good anthropological account of Eastern European Yiddish-speaking culture.
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rich variety of the shtetl life in Belorusia
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