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Suddenly Jewish
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Suddenly Jewish
Jews Raised as Gentiles Discover Their Jewish Roots
Series: Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life
Creators: Barbara Kessel
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Imprint: Brandeis
Pub. date: 04/01/2012
Lib. SRP: 19.99 USD
Ret. SRP: 17.99 USD
Format: Adobe PDF eBook
ISBN: 9781611683028
DRM Level: Adobe Content Server 4
Min. Version: Adobe Digital Editions
File size: 633 KB
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Sociology, Nonfiction
Keywords:
   Jewish Studies
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Short Description:
   

Dramatic personal stories of the unexpected discovery of a Jewish heritage.

Full Description:
   

Dramatic personal stories of the unexpected discovery of a Jewish heritage.

Reviews:
  Hadassah Magazine
      "The stories in Suddenly Jewish are dramatic, funny, and at times heart-wrenching . . . it will definitely touch your soul."
  Publisher's Weekly
     

April 3, 2000
Stimulated by Madeline Albright's well-publicized 1997 discovery that her parents were Jewish, Kessel, a freelance writer, decided to explore the question of "hidden roots." She placed an inquiry in the New York Times Book Review and on the Internet "seeking people raised as non-Jews who discovered they are of Jewish descent." She received 178 responses. This book is based on her interviews by mail, by telephone or in person with 166 individuals. Kessel classifies her respondents into four groups: crypto-Jews ("descendants of the Jewish victims of the Spanish Inquisition"), "hidden children" (those placed with non-Jewish families to save them from the Nazis), children of Holocaust survivors and adoptees. Her book consists of statements from representatives of each group, accompanied by psychologically oriented analyses. The interviewees' wide range of reactions to the belated discovery of their Jewish ancestry make for fascinating and occasionally humorous reading. An Oxford student, on learning that he was Jewish, ran to a synagogue and shouted, "I think I'm a Jew and I don't know what to do about it!" He is now a New York rabbi. Some interviewees were "shocked or moved or thrilled or distressed"; some were "blas " while others were "dumbstruck." According to Kessel, they are all bound together by a basic human need for determining their identity.

Creator Marketing:
  Barbara Kessel     
     

BARBARA KESSEL is Director of Administration of the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York. A freelance writer of nonfiction and poetry for 25 years, her work has appeared in The New York Times, Hadassah Magazine, and Midstream.

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