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Voices of Yugoslav Jewry emphasizes the role of history in shaping Yugoslav Jewish identity. World War II imposed irreversible effects on this population of Jews, leaving them with an acute sense of disjuncture and fragmentation. This once-unified Jewish community lost its secure place in the politico-symbolic order of a single multiethnic state, and the surviving local Jewish communities, which are now a part of new states, face the task of refashioning their identities once again. The process of creating the ...
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Overview

Voices of Yugoslav Jewry emphasizes the role of history in shaping Yugoslav Jewish identity. World War II imposed irreversible effects on this population of Jews, leaving them with an acute sense of disjuncture and fragmentation. This once-unified Jewish community lost its secure place in the politico-symbolic order of a single multiethnic state, and the surviving local Jewish communities, which are now a part of new states, face the task of refashioning their identities once again. The process of creating the new Yugoslavia has allowed for the emergence of a new Jewish collective voice, one that blended harmoniously with the emerging voice of Tito. This collective voice manifested itself by using language, material culture, and dramaturgical performances in ways that exhibited high public integration with the symbolic order of the new state. In searching for the voices of individuals and listening to them closely, a wide range of diverse individual experiences and ways of constructing meaningful Jewish selves can be heard. It is these voices that constitute the core of the book.
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Editorial Reviews

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...we owe a major debt of gratitude to Paul Gordiejew for this remarkably insightful study.— Slavic Review

"Gordiejew certainly captures the complexity of community transformation in the midst of the ethno-nationalist crossfire ... an excellent description of Jewry living within the fission and fusion of the ethnic republics which comprise the Balkans."— SHOFAR

"This book provides, for the first time, a comprehensive portrait of post-war Yugoslav Jewry, and as such is an extremely valuable contribution to the literature on Jewish ethnicity."— Guy H. Haskell, Emory University"
Booknews
Examines the role of WWII in shaping Yugoslav Jewish identity in the post-war era, looking at a symbolic more than social community. Within this symbolic community, individuals attempt to bring some order into their lives by patching together a makeshift identity, with parts of their Jewishness self-selected, other parts imposed upon them, and still other parts embedded in their consciousness through a process of transference. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Steven Bayme
This excellent book provides an extremely readable survey of a fascinating Jewish community. Some readers may desire more analysis and fewer overly long and repetitous quotations from informants. Others will admire the author's capacity to speak through the voices of his people. All readers will appreciate how the book has depicted the capacity of a Jewish community to cope with the successive threats of Nazism, communism, and continuing ethnic warfare.
Jewish Book World
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438404479
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 672 KB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction 1
1 History and Identity 21
2 Before and after the Holocaust 39
3 The Collective Voice of Submergence 91
4 An Experiment in Secular Jewishness 179
5 Voices of Yugoslav Jewry 201
6 Forward into the Past 347
7 Theoretical Musings: What Is a Yugoslav Jew? 409
Appendix 433
Notes 437
Bibliography 445
Index 469
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