New PDF release: A Jewish Family in Germany Today: An Intimate Portrait

By Y. Michal Bodemann

Immediately after the Holocaust, it appeared unimaginable Jewish group may rebuild in Germany. What used to be incredible has now come to go: Germany is domestic to 1 of Europe’s such a lot bright Jewish groups, and it has the quickest growing to be Jewish immigrant inhabitants of any kingdom on this planet open air Israel. through sharing the lifestyles tales of individuals of 1 Jewish family—the Kalmans—Y. Michal Bodemann presents an intimate examine what it really is wish to reside as a Jew in Germany this present day. Having survived focus camps in Poland, 4 Kalman siblings—three brothers and a sister—were left stranded in Germany after the warfare. They equipped new lives and an enormous firm; they each one married and had youngsters. over the last fifteen years Bodemann performed huge interviews with the Kalmans, quite often with the survivors’ ten little ones, who have been born among 1948 and 1964. In those oral histories, he stocks their strategies on Judaism, paintings, relatives, and neighborhood. Staying in Germany isn't a given; 4 of the 10 cousins dwell in Israel and the United States.

Among the Kalman cousins are an paintings gallery proprietor, a physique builder, a radio character, a former leader monetary officer of a fashionable U.S. financial institution, and a sculptor. They talk about Zionism, anti-Semitism, what it potential to root for the German football workforce, Schindler’s List, funds, good fortune, marriage and intermarriage, and family members heritage. They demonstrate their assorted degrees of engagement with Judaism and involvement with neighborhood Jewish groups. Kalman is a pseudonym, and their anonymity permits the family to speak with ardour and candor approximately their relationships and their lives as Jews.

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