American Jewish Identity Politics by Deborah Dash Moore

By Deborah Dash Moore

"Displays the total diversity of expert, considerate opinion at the position of Jews within the American politics of identity."---David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of yank historical past, college of California, Berkeley "A attention-grabbing anthology whose essays crystallize the main salient positive factors of yank Jewish lifestyles within the moment half the 20th century."---Beth S. Wenger, Katz relations affiliate Professor of yankee Jewish historical past and Director of the Jewish reports application, collage of Pennsylvania Written by way of students who grew up after international struggle II and the Holocaust who participated in political struggles within the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies and who articulated the various formative ideas of recent Jewish experiences, this anthology presents a window into an period of social swap. those women and men are one of the top students of Jewish heritage, society and culture. The quantity is prepared round contested issues in American Jewish lifestyles: the Holocaust and international conflict II, spiritual pluralism and authenticity, intermarriage and Jewish continuity. hence, it deals one of many few possibilities for college kids to profit approximately those debates from player scholars. Contributors:Hasia R. DinerArnold M. EisenSylvia Barack FishmanArthur GreenJeffrey GurockPaula E. HymanEgon MayerAlvin H. RosenfeldJonathan D. SarnaStephen J. Whitfield Deborah sprint Moore is Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel middle for Judaic stories and Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of historical past on the college of Michigan.

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38 Other Jewish soldiers felt empowered to undercut American anti-Semitism. "As a GI, I wasn't going to take shit from anybody," Joseph Bensman recalled. " As the future sociologist knew, "lots of personal abuse was built into the system. "39 Jews in the armed services understood that they had the right as Americans to oppose anti-Semitism. Some contended that as they approached the battlefield, anti-Semitism declined and that it disappeared completely under the pressure of battle. The teenage Leon Uris wrote to his father in 1944 that he "fought beside When Jews Were GIs 31 Catholics, Protestants and Mormons, Indians, Irish, Italians, Poles.

Clancy Sigal's awareness came from radio broadcasts. "17 One did not have to encounter anti-Semitism to know it existed, even to plan one's life and tailor one's aspirations so that one would avoid it. "I knew that I was a good student and that I was going to apply for graduate school," Maxwell Greenberg, a Harvard-educated lawyer recalled. "I knew that there were quotas in various graduate schools. "18 Jewish vocational patterns often reflected this reality. Few Jews tried to obtain engineering degrees, for example, because prospects for employment were slim.

Jacobs, Is Curly Jewish? 129. 27. S. C. Kohs, "Jewish War Records of World War II," American Jewish Year Book 47 (1946): 167; Isidor Kaufman, American Jews in World War II (New York: Dial, 1947), 1:349. This represented an average rate of participation. 28. Lucy S. Dawidowicz, On Equal Terms: Jews in America, I88I-I98I (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1982), 129. 29. Quoted in Moses Kligsberg, "American Jewish Soldiers on Jews and Judaism," YIVO Annual of Jewish Social Science 5 (1950): 264.

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