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Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe

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More than half a century after the Holocaust, in countries where Jews make up just a tiny fraction of the population, products of Jewish culture (or what is perceived as Jewish culture) have become very viable components of the popular public domain. But how can there be a visible and growing Jewish presence in Europe, without the significant presence of Jews? Ruth Ellen G ...more
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published January 15th 2002 by University of California Press (first published December 16th 2001)
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Ezra
Oct 26, 2007 Ezra rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people obsessed with jewish history in eastern europe, people traveling to eastern europe
Shelves: jews
OMG this is the best book ever. Ruth Ellen Gruber is super smart, insightful, critical with personal anecdotes and appropriate outrage about the ways that Jewish history/tragedy is packaged and sold by Eastern European cities. Interesting inquiry about the roles of non-Jews, non-Ashkenazi Jews in telling this story. I got this book in Krakow and it decoded the confusing and upsetting experience of visiting all these Jewish museums. Gave historical context, etc. I totally recommend this book, if ...more
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Jun 12, 2008 Shoosh is currently reading it
My skittish and apprehensive feeling about present-day Europe is becoming more nuanced with every chapter. Absolutly facinating. This is the best University bookstore sales-bin purchase I've made so far.
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Very interesting, very accurate and very inspiring - Poland is virtually Jewish, Lublin is virtually Jewish..
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Ruth Ellen Gruber is an award-winning American writer, editor and photographer who has long been based on Europe. She has chronicled European Jewish issues for more than twenty years and works on cultural topics including an ongoing project called "Sturm, Twang and Sauerkraut Cowboys" documenting how Europeans embrace the mythology of the American Wild West.

A former correspondent for United Press
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