Place and Displacement in Jewish History and Memory

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This book was a finalist in the 2009 Jewish Book Council Awards in the category of Anthologies and Collections. The twelve essays in this fascinating collection range broadly over time, covering the period from early modern era to the early twenty first century. Their geographical scope is also impressive, including Europe, north and south America, Australia, north and South Africa and the far east, the 'old' and the 'new' worlds. What unites these essays â?” whether dealing with centre or periphery â?” is the ...
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Overview

This book was a finalist in the 2009 Jewish Book Council Awards in the category of Anthologies and Collections. The twelve essays in this fascinating collection range broadly over time, covering the period from early modern era to the early twenty first century. Their geographical scope is also impressive, including Europe, north and south America, Australia, north and South Africa and the far east, the 'old' and the 'new' worlds. What unites these essays â?” whether dealing with centre or periphery â?” is the interrogation of place and (displacement) in the Jewish experience and in the construction of Jewish identities. These studies are given further complexity and unity of purpose by studying the relationship of history and memory in negotiating Jewish identities in relation to time and place. What emerges is a rich volume bringing together established academics and younger scholars. All the essays have a strong historical context but they provide insights informed by the fields of literary, cultural, geographical, anthropological, racial and ethnic and sociological studies. The dynamics between migration and settlement and the processes of racialisation run across this volume as a whole, adding to its multi-layered, challenging and ultimately exciting nature.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780853039402
  • Publisher: Vallentine-Mitchell
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Pages: 189
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

Introduction David Cesarani Milton Shain Tony Kushner 1

Part I Place, Displacement and Belonging

Foreigners in their Own City: Italian Fascism and the Dispersal of Trieste's Port Jews Maura E. Hametz 15

'Lost Worlds': Reflections on Home and Belonging in Jewish Holocaust Survivor Testimonies Michele Langfield 29

Constructing a Usable Past: History, Memory and South African Jewry in an Age of Anxiety Richard Mendelsohn Milton Shain 43

Comparing the Jewish and Irish Communities in Twentieth Century Scotland William Kenefick 53

Part II Race, Place and Periphery

On Burial, Boundaries and the Creolisation of the Surinamese Jewish Community Wieke Vink 71

Memory, Place and Displacement in the Formation of Jewish Identity in Rangoon and Surabaya Jonathan Goldstein 88

Jews of Algiers Moshe Terdiman 99

Jewish Identity in Two Remote Areas of the Cape Province: A Double Case Study John Simon 114

Part III Place, Migration and Memory Works

Migration, Location and Memory: Jewish History through a Comparative Lens Nancy Foner 131

Putting London Jewish Intellectuals in their Place David Cesarani 141

Memory at the Margins, Matter out of Place: Hidden Narratives of Jewish Settlement and Movement in Britain Tony Kushner 154

'A Slice of Eastern Europe in Johannesburg': Yiddish Theatre in Doornfontein, 1929-49 Veronica Belling 169

Abstracts 181

Notes on Contributors 185

Index 187

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