A Jewish Family in Germany Today: An Intimate Portrait by Y. Michal Bodemann PDF

By Y. Michal Bodemann

Immediately after the Holocaust, it appeared unimaginable Jewish neighborhood might rebuild in Germany. What was incredible has now come to move: Germany is domestic to 1 of Europe’s such a lot bright Jewish groups, and it has the quickest transforming into Jewish immigrant inhabitants of any state on this planet outdoors Israel. through sharing the lifestyles tales of individuals of 1 Jewish family—the Kalmans—Y. Michal Bodemann offers an intimate examine what it's prefer to dwell as a Jew in Germany this day. Having survived focus camps in Poland, 4 Kalman siblings—three brothers and a sister—were left stranded in Germany after the warfare. They outfitted new lives and a huge firm; they each one married and had youngsters. during the last fifteen years Bodemann carried out large interviews with the Kalmans, more often than not with the survivors’ ten kids, who have been born among 1948 and 1964. In those oral histories, he stocks their recommendations on Judaism, paintings, kinfolk, and group. Staying in Germany isn't a given; 4 of the 10 cousins reside in Israel and the United States.

Among the Kalman cousins are an artwork gallery proprietor, a physique builder, a radio character, a former leader monetary officer of a favorite U.S. financial institution, and a sculptor. They talk about Zionism, anti-Semitism, what it capacity to root for the German football group, Schindler’s List, cash, luck, marriage and intermarriage, and relations historical past. They exhibit their diversified degrees of engagement with Judaism and involvement with neighborhood Jewish groups. Kalman is a pseudonym, and their anonymity permits the kinfolk to speak with ardour and candor approximately their relationships and their lives as Jews.

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