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Memory, Oblivion, and Jewish Culture in Latin America [NOOK Book]

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Latin America has been a refuge for Jews fleeing persecution from 1492, when Sepharad Jews were expelled from Spain, until well into the twentieth century, when European Jews sought sanctuary there from the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. Vibrant Jewish communities have deep roots in countries such as Argentina, Mexico, Guatemala, and Chile—though members of these communities have at times experienced the pain of being "the other," ostracized by Christian society and even tortured by military governments. While ...

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Memory, Oblivion, and Jewish Culture in Latin America

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Overview

Latin America has been a refuge for Jews fleeing persecution from 1492, when Sepharad Jews were expelled from Spain, until well into the twentieth century, when European Jews sought sanctuary there from the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. Vibrant Jewish communities have deep roots in countries such as Argentina, Mexico, Guatemala, and Chile—though members of these communities have at times experienced the pain of being "the other," ostracized by Christian society and even tortured by military governments. While commonalities of religion and culture link these communities across time and national boundaries, the Jewish experience in Latin America is irreducible to a single perspective. Only a multitude of voices can express it.

This anthology gathers fifteen essays by historians, creative writers, artists, literary scholars, anthropologists, and social scientists who collectively tell the story of Jewish life in Latin America. Some of the pieces are personal tales of exile and survival; some explore Jewish humor and its role in amalgamating histories of past and present; and others look at serious episodes of political persecution and military dictatorship. As a whole, these challenging essays ask what Jewish identity is in Latin America and how it changes throughout history. They leave us to ponder the tantalizing question: Does being Jewish in the Americas speak to a transitory history or a more permanent one?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292784437
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 8/17/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

MARJORIE AGOSÍN, Professor of Spanish at Wellesley College, is an award-winning poet, memoirist, creative writer, and public speaker.
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Table of Contents

Remembering Sepharad 3
The Sephardic legacy 15
Tuesday is a good day 33
My Panama 47
A journey through my life and Latin American Jewish studies 61
Chile and the Nazis 77
"Are you sure they're really Jewish?" : a selective history of Mexico City's Beth Israel Community Center 91
Dancing around the political divide : between the "legal" and the "regal" in the Mexican Jewish community 101
The heterogeneous Jewish wit of Margo Glantz 115
Preserving the family album in Letargo by Perla Suez 131
Lamentations for the AMIA : literary responses to communal trauma 149
Nationalism, education, and identity : Argentine Jews and Catholic religious instruction, 1943-1955 163
From Gauchos judios to Idishe mames posmodernas : popular Jewish culture in Buenos Aires 177
Gabriel Valansi : neoliberal nights in Buenos Aires 207
While waiting for the ferry to Cuba : afterthoughts about Adio Kerida 221
La menora de la alegria 235
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