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Home Lands: Portraits of the New Jewish Diaspora / Edition 1
     

Home Lands: Portraits of the New Jewish Diaspora / Edition 1

by Larry Tye
 

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ISBN-10: 0805065911

ISBN-13: 2900805065915

Pub. Date: 09/01/2002

Publisher: Picador

A fascinating look at Jewish identity today, told through the stories of seven Jewish communities around the world.

In his travels overseas as a reporter for The Boston Globe, Larry Tye found a Jewish world that was being revitalized in ways that were not reflected in what he was reading about the disappearing diaspora and the vanishing Jews of

Overview

A fascinating look at Jewish identity today, told through the stories of seven Jewish communities around the world.

In his travels overseas as a reporter for The Boston Globe, Larry Tye found a Jewish world that was being revitalized in ways that were not reflected in what he was reading about the disappearing diaspora and the vanishing Jews of America. His discoveries led him to write Home Lands, a compelling narrative that tells the story of a renewed Jewish diaspora.

Tye picked seven Jewish communities around the world, and in each he zeroes in on a single family or congregation whose tale reflects the wider community's history and current situation. The first impression that emerges from his travels are the cities' differences. Far more striking, however, is what they share — Jews everywhere still have enough customs and rituals in common for outsiders to see them as part of the same people.

In this engrossing book, readers' eyes will be opened to how Germany, just a generation or two after the Holocaust, has the world's fastest-growing Jewish population; how the Jews of Buenos Aires have found a home in a land that also gave refuge to Nazi henchmen like Adolf Eichmann; and how Ireland is home to a tight-knit Jewish community that has produced Lord Mayors in Belfast, Cork, and, twice, in Dublin. Tye also tells the story of his own family, whose roots run deep in the Jewish community of Boston.

Author Biography: Larry Tye is a medical writer at The Boston Globe, where he has won numerous awards for his work. He has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and is the author of The Father of Spin, a biography of public relations pioneer Edward L. Bernays.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900805065915
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
352

Table of Contents

Introduction. Charting the Journey1
Chapter 1. Düsseldorf: In the Land of the Murderers13
Chapter 2. Dnepropetrovsk: Lifting the Iron Curtain59
Chapter 3. Boston: Athens and Jerusalem99
Chapter 4. Buenos Aires: An Explosive Awakening159
Chapter 5. Dublin: Who Ever Heard of an Irish Jew?193
Chapter 6. Paris: Getting Along, Getting Ahead218
Chapter 7. Atlanta: Hebrew with a Southern Accent241
Epilogue. Israel: A Partnership of Equals283
Glossary305
References309
Acknowledgments319
Index323

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