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A Suitable Husband by S.B. Lerner
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Jan 02, 13

Read from December 21, 2012 to January 02, 2013

My husband and I read the entire book aloud to each other and thoroughly enjoyed it. Despite all the books we have read about pre-Holocaust Europe, this book portrayed the numerous social and political movements of the era that were the result of the emancipation and reformation that allowed Jews to become part of the larger society. The characters portrayed the idealistic movements of the time: the Bund, Hashomer Hatziyer (The Guardsmen)and other Jews who had moved on to the universities and left the traditional Jewish shtetl. The book clearly showed how unlikely it was that the Jews of Europe could establish a normal life in Poland. It also highlighted the profound importance of a Jewish State for the survival of the Jewish people. For those who wish to know more about the idealists who went on to form the first kibbutzim in Israel, you will enjoy this book and the romances that form.
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