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On the Eve: The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War
 
 
Author
Bernard Wasserstein.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9781416594277
Pages/Publication Date 552/2012
Daedalus Item Code 30626
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A scholar of modern European Jewish history and the author of The Secret Lives of Trebitsch Lincoln (winner of the Golden Dagger Award for Non-Fiction), Bernard Wasserstein offers this provocative interpretation of the collapse of European Jewish civilization even before the Nazi onslaught. In the 1930s, as Europe spiraled toward World War II, the continent's Jews faced an existential crisis. The harsh realities of the age—anti-Semitic persecution, economic discrimination, and an ominous climate of violence—devastated Jewish communities and shattered the lives of individuals, while from within, demographic collapse, social disintegration, and cultural dissolution were all taking their toll. On the Eve focuses not on the anti-Semites but on the Jews, portraying the agonies and the cultural glories of this last phase in their history, exploring their hopes, anxieties, and ambitions, their family ties, social relations, and intellectual creativity—everything that made life meaningful and bearable for them.

"Wasserstein chronicles European Jewry in the decade before the war, boldly exploring problems within the community as well as the external pressures of anti-Semitism.... I suspect that we think we know all there is to know about this subject, but we don't; Wasserstein should have us covered."—Library Journal

"Meticulous, closely researched, movingly evocative.... As an encyclopedic record of Jewish life before the Second World War, Wasserstein's book is nothing less than a marvel. Nothing escapes his gaze.... Wasserstein's great achievement is to show just how far Jewish life in Europe was embattled even before war broke out in 1939. This was not some lost golden age."—Sunday Times (London)

 
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