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Scattered Among the Peoples: THE JEWISH DIASPORA IN TWELVE PORTRAITS Paperback – Bargain Price, November 2, 2004

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This sprawling, highly readable historical survey seeks to answer the question of Jewish survival: "What mysterious power had permitted this remarkable ancient people to withstand centuries of persecution and tragedy?" Rather than weave a massive tapestry of 5,000 years of Jewish chronology, historian Levine (Fugitives of the Forest) focuses on 12 Jews who, between the years 1492 and 1967, were forced into exile. This focus on individuals-mostly noted historical figures although not necessarily popularly known-provides the book with a firm organizational spine, and allows the author to paint vivid, emblematic portraits. Samuel Oppenheimer, for instance, embodies the European "court Jew"; Abraham Pereira epitomizes Sephardic Jews who fled Portugal and settled in the Netherlands; and Boris Kochubiyevsky is emblematic of Jews who fought in the 1960s to leave the Soviet Union and emigrate to Israel. At its best, Levine's account is insightful, informative and great popular history. He has an easy style and can pack a wealth of information into a brief essay-in discussing Judah Leib Gordon, mid-19th-century poet, Levine deftly explicates the politics of prerevolutionary Russia, the cultural meaning of "the pale of settlement," the Haskalah and the Jewish anti-Zionist movement. The downside is that at times the book sacrifices scholarly detail for popular impact. Levine is more eager to find similarities than differences among the Diaspora experiences, and as wide-ranging as his study is, it reflects a degree of homogenization of the Jewish experience. In spite of this, he has produced an entertaining and useful book for readers new to the subject. 36 b&w illus.
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This is not a definitive history of the Diaspora, Levine explains in his introduction, but a selection of 12 key periods and places, beginning with the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. The book's first four chapters trace the circumstances of the expulsion and follow the journey of the Sephardic Jews to other countries. Other chapters depict such periods of history as the upheaval against German Jews in 1848, Russian Jews in the Pale of Settlement in 1881, the Dreyfus Affair in France in the 1890s, the mass immigration to America in the early twentieth century, and the immigration of Soviet Jews to Israel after the Six Day War in 1967. With 36 black-and-white illustrations, this book, richly documented and thoroughly researched, is what Levine describes as a "chronicle of perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds and an uncanny ability to do what is necessary so that each successive generation will endure." George Cohen
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook TP (November 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585676063
  • ASIN: B0044KMVKY
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,370,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Seth J. Frantzman HALL OF FAME on December 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book tells the stories of Europe's Jewish diaspora from 1492-1967 in a series of portraits of the communities. From Venice to Amsterdam to Spain to Russia and Vilna among others are given a slice of life/slice of time of these amazing and enduring Jews. We learn of a Jewish ghetto where the Jews are shut in every night(for their protection). We also learn of the open Amsterdam ghetto where Jews lived like equals and prospered. We learn fo the great Jewish communities of Spain that were crushed in 1492, including the land of Maimonidies. We learn of the Vilna ghetto and Abba Kovners partisans who fought to take revenge for the destruction of the Jeursalum on the Baltic. We also learn of the Russian Jews of 1967 who yearned to return to their land of Israel after the Six day war.
This is a wonderful book that explores many people and many cultures and sheds a light on the events of the Diaspora in Europe.
A must read.
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This was an interesting book following the history of the Jewish Diaspora. it was an easy read and well written. the different areas of movement were well recorded and seemed researched. I would recommend it for someone interested in that kind of history.
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A wonderful book
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my name is levi. This book was a great book. besides for it being a very interesting book, this book was also very easy to read. Usually history books i read are very boring, and i cant read more than twenty pages at a time. With this book i wasnt able to put it down till i finished it. I was very impressed with the amount of information given in the book. And i love the footnotes. BUT.........

The ending was terrible. Ive read over 100 books on jewish history and ive noticed what historians like to do with ending their books. They all give their synopsis's on the jewish future, esp. in america.

The author of this book decided to end his book with writing that the orginization "Aish Hatorah" has over 26 institutions in North America and 12 over seas. And for the last 25 years are bringing jews back to their roots.

Hellllllllloo!! what happened to Chabad!!!!!! how do you forget chabad, and not mention them at all. Their are over 3500 chabd institutions world wide, and in every country that their are jews , Chabad is. Besides that , chabad has started their outreach over fifty years ago, by their leader, Rabbi Shneerson.

I live in florida, browad county to be pretty concise. And their are twenty chabd houses in broward, aish has one. in florida alone thier is over a hundred chabad houses. And thats only florida.

My problem mainly is that how can a person give a synosis of the future for jewish history and not write about chabad.

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